Mee Rebus is one of the iconic hawker noodles dishes in Singapore, of yellow noodles served with thick and spicy potato-based gravy.
“Rebus” means “to blanch” in Malay, and therefore “Mee Rebus refers to “blanched noodles”.
The ingredients of Mee Rebus are typically included with hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, fried shallots, tau kwa (fried beancurd) and spring onions.
This listicle was slightly harder to write than the usual hawker guides due to the similarity in ingredients and preparation method of varied stalls; and many stalls sold a fair number of items other than just Mee Rebus – making it harder to ascertain if Mee Rebus is indeed their ‘best’ product.
Due to the richness and starchiness of the dish, I also needed to space apart having them, sometimes returning to have a second taste.
Other than the usual famous Mee Rebus stalls, I have also included a couple of under-the-radar ones, and they were surprisingly noteworthy. Enjoy!
Yunos N Family (Ang Mo Kio)
724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 #01-01, Singapore 560724
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
It took me a while to decide which Mee Rebus I should put at the top of this list (since there are all very close), but Yunos N Family is that one plate I would most like to have again.
With a history of over 39 years of scrumptious goodness, this stall had a humble start at Hashtings Road before moving to Ang Mo Kio during 1979. The recipe and taste of their dishes are said to have remained unchanged since the good old days.
The Mee Rebus can be added with several options of meats such as chicken, wing, drumstick, ekor (oxtail) and babat (tripe). The stall also serves well-grilled satay, and this is another item you should include for a heartier meal.
On the note of satay, do order the Mee Rebus Tarik ($4.80) which includes satay sauce and meat. “Tarik” means “pull” in Malay, and so three sticks of satay would be ‘pulled’ into the sumptuous bowl.
When you get that bowl of Mee Rebus with indulgent thick and nutty gravy with a touch of sweetness, you know you are in for a good treat. I found the gravy smooth yet multi-layered, departing from just an ordinary bowl.
208B New Upper Changi Road, #01-11. Singapore
Tel: +65 6589 8494
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Inspirasi at Bedok Interchange Food Centre has running successfully since the 1970s. The stall is famous for its delicious Malay fare and a long line of devoted customers that you just cannot avoid, but hungry fans should just stick through.
The stall is known for its Mee Rebus, Soto Ayam, Mee Soto and Chicken Porridge, all super affordably priced at $2.50. These are hard to find prices. Add bergedil (fried potato) for extra 50 cents.
While the queue may be long, the stall clears the line quite fast.
Okay, I LOVE the Mee Rebus here for that consistency in the gravy. Top-notch with lots of flavours going on from savoury, sweet to spicy, added with fresh cut chopped green chillies for that refreshing kick.
Some customers may feel it may not be that worth the hype, but must also remember you are getting this for only $2.50.
1A Commonwealth Drive, #01-21 Tanglin Halt Food Centre Singapore 141001
Tel: +65 9182 2189
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Of all the popular Malay food stalls listed here, perhaps Queenstown Lontong is the least talked about on social media.
One of the reasons is because it is located at the quieter side of Tanglin Halt Food Centre, but its line early mornings don’t lie as well.
Boasting a business since the 1960s, Queenstown Lontong won’t disappoint with its delicious recipe passed down through 3 generations.
While the stall says “Lontong”, they also serve up Nasi Lemak ($3), Mee Rebus ($3), Mee Siam ($3), Laksa ($3), Mee Soto ($3), and Soto Ayam ($3).
The presentation was not quite like the others, and the gravy was rich, robust, and came piping hot. Another plus point was their home-made sambal with ikan billis that added a beautiful touch of sweetness.
I also need to talk about its Bergedil. Instead of the typical flat round shape, you get two deep-fried potato balls with fluffy fillings. How lovely.
Rahim Muslim Food
#01-01, 453A, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Chong Boon Market, Singapore 560453
Tel: +65 9786 7362
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 7pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
The stall is currently operated by the third generation of hawkers, and has been around for over 60 years.
Call it the social media snow-ball effect, but it has been frequently featured of late, recommended on Makan Kakis on Gold 905 and Night Owl Cinematics rating this 3 Stars “Food King Good”.
So little note: you will be welcomed by long queues and perhaps tedious wait here.
There are three types of Mee Rebus served: the “Normal” ($3.50), “Power” with egg and cut chicken ($4.50), or “Extra Special” with chicken drumstick ($6).
All come with special satay sauce added.
I loved the huge portion (very filling) topped with succulent chicken and egg drenched in lip-smacking thick potato gravy with that element of roasted nuttiness.
Not so sure about the chicken which had some turmeric flavour, but overall could be on the blander side.
(My Ang Mo Kio friend and I who tried both famous Mee Rebus stalls in AMK concurred that while both added satay sauce, the mixture of flavours seem to work better at Yunos.)
Afandi Hawa & Family Mee Rebus
14 Haig Rd, #01-21, Singapore 430014
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Be prepared for a delightful serving of Mee Rebus with crab, mutton and shrimps.
While you may not find these ingredients within your plate, they impart those complex flavours and umami-ness to the gravy. Well, you may find some mutton strips.
This rather-famous hawker stall is located at Haig Road Market & Food Centre, and is known for Malay dishes.
The signature Mee Rebus ($3) I had was inexpensive yet scrumptious, with the standout element for me even before diving in for a spoonful was the thickness of its gravy.
The potato starch gravy added an appetizing richness to the dish, without being overly heavy. Possibly the best plate you can find at this part of Singapore.
P&Z Eating House
1 Changi Village Road, Singapore 500001
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (For Mee Rebus), – 9pm (For Other Food)
How many places in Singapore dare to claim they sell the “Best Mee Rebus In Singapore”?
P&Z refers to Pat and Zara, the two women who are the pillar of support to this shop.
The shop used to be located at Geylang, but have moved to opposite Changi Village Food Centre. (Take note that while Google states the shop closes at 9pm, the Mee Rebus is sold out by 3 to 4pm. I found it out the hard way after travelling across half the island for this.)
The Mee Rebus ($3.50) had rather thick and earthy tasting gravy, with a spice kick that would hit you towards the end.
There was no fanciful ingredients added, but the magic is in that old-school familiar taste of the sauce. The other thing was that the noodles didn’t have the strong alkaline taste, and was well-cooked with softness.
Selamat Datang Warong Pak Spari
Adam Road Food Centre #01-09, 2 Adam Road, Singapore 289876
Opening Hours: 7:45am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
It is not often you find a stall specializing in just Mee Soto and Mee Rebus, and Selamat Datang Warong Pak Spari is probably where you need to head down if you love Mee Soto.
Items served included Mee Soto ($3.50), Bee Hoon Soto ($3.50), Mee Rebus ($3.50), Sup Ayam or Chicken Soup ($5.50), Sup Babat or Beef Tribe Soup ($6.50), and Bubur Ayam Chicke Porridge ($3.50). Top up with a Bergedil (deep-fried potato cake) at a dollar.
The recommended is the hearty bowl of Mee Rebus ($3.50) which comes with cut green chillies, coriander, fried shallots and a whole egg.
The thick gravy is also on the spicier side, and a dash of sambal kicap (spicy sweet soy sauce dip) gave the flavours a whole new dimension.
Siti Nur Liyana
Adam Road Food Centre #01-14, 2 Adam Road, Singapore 289876
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
A competitor of the above-mentioned stall at the Adam Road Food Centre offers you a trip down memory lane with traditional and comforting flavors.
There are those who head down here for the Nasi Lemak instead of the other two famous stalls.
Also available are Mee Siam, Lontong (both only for breakfast), Mee Soto Ayam, Tahu Goreng, Mee Bandung, and Mee Rebus. (I saw a lot of people ordering the Mee Rebus and therefore I was curious.)
The Mee Rebus ($3) had a scrumptiously thick gravy with a pleasant sweet-nutty taste. Plus, it was served hot such that you could see steam coming out as you lift the noodles up.
With just the right balance of spices, the heavenly sweet potato cake aka Bergedil ties the flavours nicely with garnishing of fried shallots, tofu, green chili and celery.
I found that the noodles were also cooked to the softer side, which gels in better with the sweet gravy.
Geylang Bahru Market and Food Centre, #01-2879, Blk 69 Geylang Bahru, Singapore 330069
Opening Hours: 6am – 3:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
You may have noticed the words “Trade Mark” and “inheritors of Geylang Lorong 1 Mee Rebus” on the signboard at this stall.
The recipe is said to be from a previously-famous street stall at Geylang Lorong 1, and the current owners chose not to take short cuts in the cooking.
The Mee Rebus ($3) came with the usual ingredients of yellow noodles accompanied with boiled egg, tau pok, bean sprouts, fried shallots, and spring onions.
Of all the plates I ordered for this listicle (more than 15 of them), this came the most piping hot, though I was looking for some accompanying chilli as I couldn’t find any.
The consistency was neither too thick nor watery – comforting plate, but I felt it could do with more robust flavours or a spicier take to make it more memorable.
Delicious 美味 Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Lontong
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-02 Tanjong Pagar Food Centre, Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Fri – Tues)
This stall at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre is known serve only three items, and you find fans for all these dishes of Mee Siam, Lontong and yes, Mee Rebus.
I found their wholesome bowl of Mee Rebus having homely childhood flavours, like the good-old one I had in my primary school.
Their Mee Rebus ($3) has a simple presentation with familiar flavours that could make you feel nostalgic again.
The dish contains generous amounts of bean curd, shallots, bean sprouts, green chilies and an egg.
I loved the consistency of the gravy that coated the yellow noodles nicely and made every spoonful truly slurp-worthy. Auntie also helped squeeze some lime over the noodles, which added that light touch of tangy flavour.
Note: they often sell out early.