While different cultures have their own version of beef noodles, in Singapore beef noodles refer to thick bee hoon blanketed in a dark, thick gravy, served with beef slices, beef balls, and even tendon or tripe, topped with coriander and peanuts along with a bowl of beef soup on the side. These locales serving beef noodles also have a soup version with the same ingredients swimming in a savoury-sweet broth that’ll hit the right spot every time. Read on for the best beef noodles in Singapore!
For nearly 70 years, this Michelin-recognised stall has been drawing queues for its excellent Hainanese beef noodles. Choose between blanched rice noodles tossed in a thick gravy, or soup noodles in a deeply flavourful ox bone broth that is on the sweeter side, simmered with a variety of Chinese herbs and spices based on a recipe concocted by the owner’s father. You’re welcome to top up with more sliced beef, beef tripe, tendon, beef balls, or a combination!
Address: 22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, #01-06, Singapore 310019
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
The OG Hock Lam Street Beef Kway Teow's origins go way back to 1911, when Mr Tan Chee Kok started a Teochew beef noodle stall in his hometown of Shantou, China. As it was the only trade he knew when he moved to Singapore, he sold them from two large pots slung on a bamboo pole across his shoulders. His son later joined him in the business, operating a street-side stall at Hock Lam Street. The business was then continued by three of Tan’s grandchildren, who each operated their own beef noodles stalls in different parts of Singapore. However, the only remaining one is Authentic Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow at North Canal Road. Helmed by the fourth generation now, diners can choose from soup and dry versions and both are packed with ingredients. The thick-cut kway teow, sliced beef and meatballs are extremely rich and hearty.
Address: 13 N Canal Rd, #01-01, Singapore 048826
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7:45 PM Mon to Fri, 10 AM–6:45 PM Sat & Sun
Hailing from a beloved but now defunct beef noodle stall opposite the old Odeon theatre, you're assured of a good quality bowl here that’s made with a family recipe that has remained the same for over seven decades. The most basic option is either the dry or soup version, but we lean towards the dry beef noodles that’s made with a thick and unctuous sauce mixed with beef stock and superior soy sauce, along with sliced beef or beef balls, tendon and an extra serving of beef tripe!
Address: 29 Bendemeer Rd, #01-86, Singapore 330029
Opening Hours: 10 AM–2:30 PM Wed to Sat. Closed Sun to Tues
This eatery run by the third generation has been serving tasty beef noodles since 1979. They're known for their robust beef broth and gravy, made by stewing beef bones with marrow, resulting in a bold, meaty, rich and savoury flavour with a hint of richness. The thick bee hoon is slippery smooth, with marinated beef shank, tender beef slices and spongy beef tripe, while the beef meatball is juicy with a springy bounce. The chilli packs a punch too!
Address: Multiple outlets
Teochew beef noodles is the lesser-known beef noodles counterpart that features a soupier broth much like Thai pho. For a bowl of solid Teochew goodness, head over to Kim Huat Teochew Beef Noodles. The noodles are typically kway teow, but yellow noodles and thick bee hoon are also available depending on your preference. The soup here is on the lighter side, with the chilli made with garlic and ginger instead of chilli padi.
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-51, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM–5 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Despite its name, this stall isn’t located in Joo Chiat and is actually tucked away in a corner of the famous food haven Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre. Joo Chiat Beef King is famed for their flavoursome beef noodles and if you like your noodles heavy with herbal notes, this will definitely be up your alley. Swimming in a pool of thick and dark gravy, the Dry Beef Noodle has a deep malty flavour with generous slices of tender beef.
Address: 83 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore
Opening Hours: 9 AM–8:30 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
A Michelin Bib Gourmand joint, Hong Kee Beef Noodle is famed for their robust beef noodles at Amoy Street Food Centre. The humble locale boasts a history that dates back over 60 years, using a beef stock that’s simmered for more than 24 hours to form the base of the dish. This imparts a delightful sweet-savoury flavour to the noodles that’s simply delectable with the tender beef slices, bouncy beef balls, and chewy tripe pieces.
Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, #01-42, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7:30 PM Tues to Fri, 9:30 AM–2 PM Sat to Mon
It’s rare that you see beef noodles and laksa sold together, but that’s exactly what you get at Hong Heng. While it sells unique variations like mixed beef in laksa, their dry beef noodles is the go-to order, served with juicy beef slices, beef balls, tendons and garnished with chopped greens. The gravy leans more toward the watery side unlike some gooey sauces, but it still has robust flavours, piquant with a squeeze of lime.
Address: 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, #01-16, Singapore 568226
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–3:30 PM Tues to Thurs, Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon & Fri
Kheng Fatt is one of the most iconic stalls in Golden Mile Food Centre. Here, they serve Hainanese beef noodles in both soup or dry. Go for the soup version if you prefer something hot and comforting, but for the ultimate meal, give the dry noodles a go. Each strand of noodles is coated with a thick gravy, complete with some nuttiness from the peanuts that top off the bowl. Along with a squeeze of lime and homemade chilli, the dish is wonderfully satisfying, robust and complex!
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-89, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–7:30 pm Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
The owner’s family has been making beef balls for over 60 years now, with his brother running the stall in Penang. Everything here is $5; you’ll find dishes such as Beef Ball Noodle Soup, Mixed Beef Noodle Soup, Braised Brisket Noodle, Beef Hor Fun, Beef Fried Rice and more. For those who love collagen-rich food, we’ve also heard great things about their Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodles!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-43, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–8 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
This Muslim-owned eatery specialises in Chinese hand-pulled noodles and authentic Xinjiang cuisine. Their soup is made from scratch by simmering fresh beef bones for over three hours to help create a rich flavour that is simply delicious. Each batch of noodles is made by hand-mixing wheat flour, then kneading the dough for up to 30 minutes and then hand-pulling it, resulting in a springy texture. Choose from six different styles of thickness, from thin to wide and flat. While you’re there, be sure to try out other Xinjiang-style specialities!
Address: Multiple outlets
This go-to stall serves a delicious rendition of beef noodles, thanks to its thick and gloopy gravy that’s infused with beef stock, herbs, and spices, giving it an addictive, meaty and sweet-savoury herbal flavour. The thick beef slices have a succulent chew, the beef balls are slightly springy, and the beef tripe is spongy. The gravy clings well to the slippery thick bee hoon while crunchy peanuts, juicy pickled mustard greens and chilli complete this dish.
Address: 2 Tai Thong Cres, Singapore 347838
Opening Hours: 10 AM–4:30 PM Mon to Fri, 10 AM–2:45 PM Sat. Closed on Sun
J & J Special Beef Noodle serves more than 10 different beef dishes, with their signature being the Braised Beef Noodle. The sauce is made in-house with a strong aroma and the bowl is also filled with kway teow, beef slices, raw onions, coriander leaves, and a side of chilli sauce. If you’re feeling extravagant, go for the Wagyu Beef Soup Noodles that feature tender, soft and silky Wagyu beef slices swimming in a fragrant broth that’s been stewed for hours!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-162, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–4 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Restaurant Aisyah specialises in Xinjiang Chinese Muslim food and they’re popular for their delicious halal beef noodles. The noodles are hand-pulled upon ordering, and you can even customise your beef noodles to your liking! Simply start by selecting your broth – spicy or clear – or have it dry, before choosing your noodles that come in five thickness levels: Capillary, Leek Leaves, Fine, Wide, and 2 Fine.
Address: 176 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068624
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5:30–8:30 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
For well over a decade, Cheng Kee Beef Kway Teow has been delighting foodies with its beef noodles that command a long queue during peak hours. The stall offers the usual variety of beef parts which includes tendons, beef balls, tripe, and meat. You also get to choose either yellow noodle, kway teow, thick bee hoon) or rice to go with your beef soup, and have your chosen dish in either the dry or soup version. The soup version features intense beefy flavours paired with the acidity of pickled vegetables, and the varying textures of the crunchy vegetables and beef made the dish even more enjoyable. The dry version boast of the same beefy notes as its soupy counterpart, with the gooey sauce clinging nicely to the noodles. Make sure to get yourself a generous helping of their cincalok and chilli to know why they’re such crowd-pleasers!
Address: 203 Hougang St 21, Singapore 530203
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM–5 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Located in a humble kopitiam in Punggol, Hongkong Beef King gained a loyal following with their halal beef noodles that comes with generous servings of beef. It boasts of a heady gravy, and there are several noodle options available, such as the handmade you mian, thick bee hoon, thin kuey teow, and yellow noodles. For something a little different, try their Curry Beef Noodles that come in a laksa-esque broth!
Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 10 AM–10 PM daily
In case you’re wondering, no, the stall isn’t related to Thailand’s ex-prime minister. This halal-certified Thai stall specialises in Beef Noodles. Each bowl is served with piping hot beef broth, flat white noodles, and chunks of beef. Enjoy the silky noodles and fork-tender beef with the herby and savoury broth. Otherwise, the Beef Pad Thai is a popular pick as well, featuring rice noodles stir-fried in high heat to achieve a smoky wok hei.
Address: 2 Seah Im Rd, #01-45, Singapore 099114
Opening Hours: 9 am–7 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
A newcomer in the beef noodles industry, this family-run stall has been around since June 2018. Their beef noodles feature a pleasantly light soup and gravy that is meaty, sweet and savoury, but unlike many other places, no herbs go into it. You can choose from four different types of noodles: thick bee hoon, yellow noodles, thin egg noodles and kway tiao. If you’re up for something spicy, then try the Spicy Mala Beef Noodle which is filled to the brim with thick mala gravy!
Address: 2 Tai Thong Cres, #01-05, Singapore 347836
Opening Hours: 11 AM–3 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Craving for something warm and comforting? One of China’s most famous Lanzhou la mian restaurants is Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles. The Halal-certified restaurant serves beef noodles with beef broth cooked with more than 15 spices and for at least 10 hours every day! Enjoy your handmade noodles in eight different styles – normal, thin, thick, thicker, leek leaf, small flat, flat, and triangle.
Address: Multiple outlets
Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining has a history of over 20 years churning out bowls of Taiwanese Braised Beef Noodles, made using ingredients imported directly from Taiwan and noodles that are exclusively made for them. Another must-try is their Braised Pork Rice, also known as lu rou fan, which comes with braised peanuts, braised egg, and house-made pickled vegetables.
Address: 180 Kitchener Road #03-39/40, 208539
Opening Hours: 11 am–9:30 pm daily