Top 10 Best Ban Mian in Singapore
The name ban mian (board/block noodle) came from the Hakka method of cutting the noodle into straight strands using a wooden block as a ruler. In Hakka, some might call it Man-Foon-Char-Guo (麵粉茶粿) or Dao-Ma-Chet (刀嬤切). In Hokkien, it was called Mee-Hoon-Kueh (麵粉粿; lit. “wheat snack”) but what can be found at hawker stalls is generally called ban mian. It is a popular Chinese noodle dish, consisting of handmade noodles served in soup. Now, in today’s context, no one is a stranger to ban mian [source]. Hence, if you are a ban mian-lover, you are in the right place. Tropika Club will take you through aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Ban Mian in Singapore.
- 1. Top 1 Home Made Noodle
- 2. L32 Hand Made Noodles
- 3. China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
- 4. Seletar Sheng Mian
- 5. Greenview Café
- 6. Qiu Lian Ban Mian
- 7. Qiu Rong Ban Mian
- 8. Poon Nah City Home Made Noodles
- 9. Madam Leong Ban Mian
- 10. Grandma Ban Mee 老妈子板面
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1. Top 1 Home Made Noodle
Introduction: Since 1989, the founder of Top 1 Home Made noodle started making handmade noodles with a wide variety of soups, sides, and noodles.
Offerings: TOP 1 Homemade Noodle 一级棒好吃面粉粿 is no stranger to residents and ban mian lovers, especially for its hand-made noodles and exceptional chilli. Their noodles are one of the best – known for its chewiness without the starchy after taste. Go soup (rich flavoured broth with a tinge of sweetness), or go dry, but both are packed with enough to have you satisfied. Beware, their famous chilli will make you perspire.
Location: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Contact: +65 9857 6126
2. L32 Hand Made Noodles
Introduction: Established since 2003, their brances in Geylang and Tampines 1 Foodcourt has been loved by many.
Offerings: Highly reviewed by local diners, the must-try is the dry ban mian- the fish is served fresh and the juice-filled meatballs leave you wanting for more. Coupled with their chilli that breaks you into sweat, this is one of the go-to stall for residents.
Location: 558 Geylang Road Lorong 32, Singapore 389509
Contact: +65 9770 2829
3. China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
Introduction: Founded in 1989 by owner Ah Bee, aged 48, and his 42-year-old wife Ah Chiam, China Whampoa Home Made Noodles is easily one of Singapore’s most popular ban mian stall. Other than its original outlet at Whampoa Makan Place, it has also opened at Geylang Lor 12 (Nam Wah Coffeeshop) which is operating 24/7 (Ban Mian for supper!), and 2 Bukit Merah ABC coffee shop which is opposite ABC Brickworks Food Centre.
Offerings: The ban mian’s soup base is riched in flavor from the natural sweetness of the ingredients. The noodles have a good bite and are cooked just right; the prawns are fresh and the meat has a flavourful natural taste; the Ikan Bilis is crispy and provides that salty burst. One bite altogether truly satisfies you.
Location: 91 Whampoa Market, #01-24, Singapore 320091
Contact: +65 9625 6692
4. Seletar Sheng Mian
Introduction: More than 20 years in the market, they used to station at Seletar before relocating to Toa Payoh. This stall is one of the most popular in the food centre, and the constant queue last throughout the day, especially during lunch time. However, expect the waiting time to be faster than expected as their service is prompt.
Offerings: Hand-pulled mee hoon kway tossed in chilli, black sauce and a mixture of ingredients like minced pork, vegetables and prawn is definitely a simple but very satisfying bowl. The chilli wasn’t too spicy but still gave a nice elevation of flavour to the black sauce. If you fancy dry mee hoon kway, here is the place for you.
Location: 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, #01-05, Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310210
5. Greenview Café
Introduction: Founded in 1992 and situated in the hearts of Orchard Road, enjoy some of the most authentic local cuisine created and presented in the most traditional way.
Offerings: They are well known for their dry ban mian – the kways are chewy and it is tossed in a savoury sauce that is flavourful but not too salty.
Location: 14 Scotts Rd, #04-96, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Contact: +65 6734 2312
6. Qiu Lian Ban Mian
Introduction: The story of Qiu Lian began in the year 1988. Ong Qiu Lian was an enterprising housewife who came up with a unique soup and chili recipe for Ban Mee and Mee Hoon Kuay, which has been an unassuming noodle dish common in Malaysia and Singapore households and popularised it commercially in the 90s. Using a small hand-held noodle maker, Qiu Lian started her first stall in an industrial area canteen in the east of Singapore and soon her tasty fresh noodles in delectable soup attracted the queues of customers. Retaining her unique recipe for soup and fresh noodles, Qiu Lian remains as one of the top-of-mind recall when it comes to Ban Mee even after 30 years.
Offerings: Qiu Lian Ban Mee, the signature in the stall – Freshly made Ban Mian noodles in their signature soup.
Location: 18 Raffles Quay, Telok Ayer Market, Singapore 048582
Contact: +65 6220 7397
7. Qiu Rong Ban Mian
Introduction: Situated in Old Airport Food Centre, they have been in business for about 20 years.
Offerings: Aside from the generous portion of their ingredients, the best part of the food is definitely the broth. Qiu Rong Ban Mian definitely lives up to their generosity. Fun fact: Get the sliced fish version and you get both fish and meat.
Location: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-30, Singapore 390051
Contact: +65 9739 8618
8. Poon Nah City Home Made Noodles
Introduction: They have been around for 20 years, serving fresh and sumptuous handmade noodles at City Plaza. They also offer for pick-up and delivery too.
Offerings: The fried Ikan Bilis, chilli, and the hand-made ban mian pack a punch. Coupled with flavourful soup and generous portion of ingredients. it is an absolute family favorite.
Location: 810 Geylang Rd, #05-02, City Plaza, Singapore 409286
Contact: +65 6741 4221
9. Madam Leong Ban Mian
Introduction: Mdm Leong came from Malaysia and her recipes followed the Cantonese-Hakka style flavors she grew up with. Her mother was also a great inspiration and basis for most of her dishes. She also believes in serving a good bowl of ban mian that you can’t find anywhere else in Singapore. As she says, if you put your heart into cooking the food, people will feel it. They use freshly handmade noodles and broth with no MSG added.
Offerings: The dry ban mian is the most sought-after in Mdm Leong. Authentic and freshly made noodles, generous portion of ingredients, MSG-free, and homemade chilli, one of the best in the food centre!
Location: 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-109, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
10. Grandma Ban Mee 老妈子板面
Introduction: Being in operation for 5 years and counting, expects a long queue for Grandma Ban Mee 老妈子板面 especially during lunch hours. You will never miss the red signboard and cartoonish white Chinese characters “老妈子” when you’re there for a meal.
Offerings: Noodles were springy, the dark sauce was thick and flavourful, the poached egg would have made Gordon Ramsay proud. And most importantly, the chili was the crunchy and fragrant – a review made by Wuu Yyiizzhhoouu. Go on and try the signature dry ban mian already.
Location: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-07, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Contact: +65 8522 8812
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