Talk about some of the best Ban Mian in Singapore, and the usual suspects are China Whampoa Ban Mian (Whampoa), Top One Handmade Noodles (Beauty World Food Centre), Qiu Lian Ban Mian, and of course L32 Handmade Noodles at Geylang.
In terms of Dry Ban Mian, I think this famous stall at Geylang Lor 32 (thus the name) can easily be ranked as one of the Top 3 in Singapore. 1st for some, perhaps?
The wait can be quite long especially during peak hours, so some customers may not feel it is worth that long wait (can be an hour) because it can get stuffy and hot in this coffeeshop.
For those of you in Tampines, there is another outlet at Food Tempo.
This little stall is owned by a couple who make Ban Mian out of their love for cooking. In fact, they were not the original owners of this stall, but it was through trial-and-error that they perfected this recipe.
On the menu are Ban Mian with toppings which range from pork, chicken, fishballs, meatballs, prawns, sliced fish, clams, fish head and prawns with sliced fish.
Noodles available include ban mian, U-mian, mee hoon kway, bee hoon and mee sua.
Each bowl cost from $4.60 to $7.30.
Coupled with their handmade noodles and star ingredients of anchovies and meat or seafood ingredients, the Ban Mian is a considered a bowl of heaven to many.
All their ingredients are said to be fresh and soup MSG free. One of their other ‘formulas’ is to leave the soup to simmer for over 10 hours a night before.
What I liked was the pork slices and minced pork that didn’t have a ‘strong’ taste and was soft and tender; matched with hot piping, comforting soup with light seafood sweetness.
Some may prefer soups that are more zhong kou wei (rich)?
However, it was the Dry Bee Hoon Kway, tossed in a sweetish black sauce that stole my heart. I would recommend adding some of the chilli sauce in to balance out the sweetness.
To me, what’s the draw was the chewy texture of the unevenly shaped noodle pieces, and you can savour it better without it getting too soggy in the dry version.
Worthy to mention is the side serving of hot soup with a raw egg. Reminder to leave it there for a while to be cooked, but don’t forget about it.
L32 Handmade Noodles
558 Geylang Road, Lor 32 Geylang, Singapore 389509
Tel: +65 9770 2829
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
10 Tampines Central 1, Food Tempo #01-60, Singapore 529536
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Delivery available on GrabFood (islandwide delivery) and Foodpanda.
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