Ban mian has got to be one of the best comfort foods (next to ice cream and instant noodles). As a self-proclaimed ban mian enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for the best ban mian in Singapore.
What makes a bowl of ban mian stand out to me has to be the hearty soup broth, the chewy noodles, and the chilli. Here are the best ban mian stalls in Singapore that serve up comforting bowls of ban mian perfect for sweater weather.
1. DMQ Eating House
DMQ Eating House in Ubi is my go-to place for a hearty, soothing, and spicy bowl of ban Mian — and as a Westie, this is the one exception to travel up to the east. My go-to order here is the Pork Ball Dry Ban Mian (S$5.30) which comes with a generous amount of minced pork, lean pork meat, and house made meatballs. There are also seafood options available here too, so seafood lovers take note.
What sets DMQ Eating House’s bowl of handmade noodles apart from the others on this list is the homey and super heartwarming soup broth which has been simmered for over eight hours. But, the real star of the show here is the spicy and garlicky housemade chilli. It pairs perfectly with the sweet sauce of the ban mian, while giving the bowl of noodles a nice savoury-spicy kick. Definitely one of the best ban mian in Singapore (in my opinion).
???? 304 Ubi Ave 1, #01-95, Singapore 400304
2. Wan Xiang Ting
From the QQ noodles, to the hearty soup broth, it’s no wonder that Wan Xiang Ting has garnered quite the cult following. Don’t be fooled by the clear soup broth as it actually packs a ton of flavour. The chef boils chicken bones for several hours so that the natural essence of the chicken is released into the soup — giving you only the good stuff. They also switch out the regular pork for homemade chicken balls that are made fresh daily.
They’re best known for their Dry Ban Mian which blends well with the homemade sweet black sauce. Spice lovers must not miss out on their special house-made shrimp chilli which elevates the flavours of the noodles. Craving something soupy? Wan Xiang Ting is also known for making a mean bowl of Tom Yum Ban Mian — I personally swear by their yummy and spicy tom yum soup.
???? 750 Chai Chee Road, ESR BizPark @ Chai Chee (former Viva Business Park) Singapore 469000
3. L32 Handmade Noodles
L32 Handmade Noodles have been dubbed as one of the best ban mian spots in Singapore. What makes (or breaks) a bowl of ban mian lies in the soup and lucky for us, L32 Handmade Noodles’ homemade broth ticks all the right boxes.
It is simmered for over 10 hours and is super umami. Each bowl of noodles is also made to order, and comes with a ton of ingredients ranging from the regular Pork Ban Mian (S$4.50) to fancier ingredients like Fish head Mee Hoon Kueh Soup (S$7), Prawn and Sliced Fish (S$7.50) and more.
???? 558 Geylang Road, Lorong 32, Singapore 389509
4. Wu Da Ma Xiao Chi Dian
Wu Da Ma Xiao Chi Dian keeps things simple with just five types of noodles and three types of ingredients on their menu. Both the Razor Clams Mee Hoon Kueh soup with Egg (S$6.50) and the Minced Meat QQ Ban Mee Dry (S$4).
The noodles here are all the rave for being chewy and super flavourful, and comes with chock full of ingredients including fresh seafood and pork to make the soup extra tasty.
???? 92 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-264, Singapore 310092
5. Greenview Cafe
You might have seen this cafe appearing on your TikTok feed. Well, Greenview Cafe is no stranger to the F&B scene, having served numerous bowls of their signature handmade noodles for over 30 years now. What keeps their loyal customers coming back is their chewy Mee Hoon Kueh, which can be enjoyed several ways.
The classic sure-win way to enjoy their QQ noodles is with their hearty soup broth. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for their Fried Mee Hoon Kueh (S$6) which is kinda like a plate of char kway teow, or the Herbal Mee Hoon Kueh (S$6.80) which is prepared with a medley of chinese herbs — kinda like a herbal bak kut teh.
Spice lovers, don’t forget to add a dollop of their spicy house-made sambal belacan.
???? 14 Scotts Road, #04-95 to 96, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
6. Xiao Mei Ban Mian
Xiao Mei Ban Mian offers a zhng-ed up version of ban mian with their regular Pork Belly Ban Mian (S$4.90). Much like your regular bowl of ban mian which features the classic noodles, minced meat, ikan bilis soaked in a hearty broth, the dish also has bits of pork belly in it.
Apart from the regular ban mian, they also have authentic Myanmar dishes like the Myanmar Style Pig Organs Bee Hoon (S$7.50) which is a Burmese-style pork organ soup with silky smooth bee hoon.
???? 892C Woodlands Drive 50, #01-02, Singapore 732892
7. KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee
KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee is dedicated to all the purists at heart. Their Signature Chilli Pan Mee is a must-order whenever you visit this shop. It comes served with minced pork, ikan bills, poached egg and fried shallot along with a special ingredient — crispy pork lard.
There’s also a seafood option for the seafood lovers that comes with abalone, scallops and crayfish. If you’re feeling boujee and wanna add something fancier to your noodles, they even have toppings like wagyu beef and Iberico pork for you to choose from — how fancy is that? The noodles come with a bowl of fishball soup which consists of handmade fishballs in a sweet and comforting soup broth.
???? 534 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368220
8. Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh
We all love a good meal and Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh certainly gives you a bang for your buck. Their Dry You Mian will only set you back S$3 and you still get a generous amount of ingredients in each bowl.
If you’re in the mood to splurge, you can get the Seafood Abalone Noodles (S$6.80) which comes with a huge bowl of noodles topped with fresh seafood like prawns, clams and slices of baby abalone. If you’re looking for a budget meal, you know where to head to.
???? 20 Marsiling Lane, #01-15, Marsiling Lane Food Centre, Singapore 730020
9. Top 1 Home Made Noodle
In Singapore, whenever we see a long queue, we immediately assume that the food has to be good — which thankfully most of the time it is, especially at Top 1 Home Made Noodle.
Located in Beauty World, the store sees a perpetual snaking queue with everyone in line waiting for a bowl of the stall’s most popular Dry Ban Mian. Their bowl of dry ban mian features a generous serving of handmade QQ noodles mixed in a thick dark soy sauce with a house-made chilli that packs a big spice punch.
They also have a wide variety of ingredients to pair with your noodles including fish maw, pork balls, fish slices, even abalone and salmon — never thought I’d see that in a regular bowl of ban mian. Their robust soup ban mian makes for a comforting meal on a rainy day.
???? 44 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
10. Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kueh
Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kueh has truly built a name for themselves since their humble beginnings in 2020. They now have several outlets island-wide which all see snaking queues just for their noods.
Pro tip: if you’re gonna join the queue, make your queuing efforts worth it and get the Signature All-In Combo Soup Mee Hoon Kway (S$5.50). It comes with a rich and super flavourful broth alongside meatballs, shrimp balls, and pork slices — super value for money if you ask me.
There’s also a dry version of this bowl of noodles which comes tossed in their signature house-made sauce. If you’re a spice lover like me, make sure to get yourself a heap of their spicy chilli dip.
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Which of these stalls is your go-to stall to get your ban mian fix in Singapore?
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