What’s the best comfort food in Singapore on a rainy day? While people in other countries indulge in warm, hearty and soupy foods like chicken noodle soup, sundubu jjigae or goulash — what is the one thing that Singaporeans would make a beeline for when it’s cold and rainy outside?
If your answer is ban mian or mee hoon kueh, then you absolutely should know about this hidden gem that sells a myriad of affordable and delicious old school handmade noodles.
Located in Geylang, Penang Heng Heng Handmade Noodles is a little known noodle store located humbly inside a coffee shop.
Don’t expect any fancy schmancy fusion takes or ingredients here — all you’ll get (and need) are the classic noodle dishes, no frills whatsoever and yet, you’ll see that most of the people at the coffee shop actually opt to order from this very store.
The crowd favourite is evidently the Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh (S$4.50) — a savoury and soupy bowl of goodness filled with mee hoon kueh pieces (lovingly made by hand), minced pork, ikan bilis, leafy greens and a runny egg perfect to mix into the flavourful soup. Of course, you can get the dry version as well with the soup served on the side.
And obviously as Singaporeans, we need to have a spicy option as well for days where we’re just craving that extra kick as well. If you’re having one of those days, order the Spicy Ban Mian or You Mian (S$4.50) that you can have either in a soup or dry version too.
For those that don’t mind splurging a little bit, add on an additional S$2 for them to throw in some prawns into your bowl for the Spicy Prawn Ban Mian or You Mian (S$6.50) — still quite the bang for your buck considering how everything is handmade and the portions are really generous. You can honestly even share a bowl between two people if you’re not a big eater.
So, there you have it — a nostalgic and homey treat hidden away in the east that’s also delicious and inexpensive. The next time you need a warm hug in a bowl, head on over to Penang Heng Heng Handmade Noodles!
Penang Heng Heng Handmade Noodles
📍 205 Sims Ave, Singapore 387506
🕒 10am — 10pm (Mon to Fri), 10am — 9pm (Thu)
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