Savoury, hearty and comforting, ban mian is arguably a comfort food many Singaporeans enjoy. The best ban mian is handmade, served with silky pork broth, meatballs, a runny egg, some greens and topped with fried ikan bilis. No matter if you prefer a hot soupy bowl of ban mian, or dry ban mian paired with some great chilli, here are some of the best ban mian in Singapore to check out. We’ve also included late-night options for those night owls out there!
You’ll always find L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles featured as one of the best ban mian in Singapore, and there are good reasons why. Their hand-pulled noodles are made to order, and the broth, made from quality ikan bilis and pork bones, is a beautiful balance of savoury and sweet. You’ll also get sliced pork, chunks of minced meat, a runny egg and fried anchovies that make for a satisfying and hearty bowl. As for the dry version, the noodles are tossed in a rich dark sauce and other seasonings, with the runny egg served on the side in your small bowl of soup.
Top 1 Homemade Noodles is #1 in many Singaporeans’ hearts. Tucked away in Beauty World Food Centre, the stall has been around for over 30 years. What’s also special about them is the wide variety on their menu! There’s dry, soup, seafood, tom yum, big prawns, fish slices and more. You can literally have ban mian everyday for a week and not get sick of it. The noodles are always cooked to perfection and you can expect a queue – try to come outside of peak hours!
For some of the most indulgent ban mian in Singapore, China Whampoa Homemade Noodles is well known for their signature Dry Home Made Noodles with Prawns. You will also find other luxurious offerings such as the Abalone Mee Hoon Kway, or a crayfish option. The hearty noodles here are on the denser and thicker side, but they pair like a dream with the sweet and umami soup.
Get a taste of Malaysian-style chilli ban mee right here in Singapore at KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee at MacPherson Road. Their Signature Chilli Ban Mee is served with their fiery chilli, said to be extra spicy. But the true star of the show here is the Signature Abalone Combo Chilli Ban Mee, which includes premium ingredients like abalone, pacific clams, scallops along with a wobbly egg to tie all the flavours together!
Ke Kou Mian needs no introduction. An incredibly popular supper spot, the stall serves an undeniably slurp-worthy soup filled with hearty, thick, chewy slices of mee hoon kuay. Open from 4am to 2.30pm, Expect to wait especially on weekends and peak hours. There’s no doubt that they’re great at what they do, and they’ve captured the hearts of many locals willing to travel all the way to Bukit Panjang for their food!
For a taste of nostalgia like your grandmother’s cooking, head on over to Grandma Ban Mee. The menu is unpretentious with only three options: Chilli, Dry, Soup. The noodles are springy with a mildly spicy chilli paste, egg, ikan bilis and minced meat, while the soup version was light but comforting, and filled with ingredients like mushrooms, black fungus, ikan bilis and vegetables.
First opened in Telok Blangah in 2020 by ex-MasterChef Asia finalist Aaron Wong, Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway has grown from strength to strength and now has six outlets islandwide. Expect a line, so make your time worthwhile by going all-in with the Signature All-In Combo Mee Hoon Kway with Minced Pork, Pork Slices, Pork Ball and Shrimp Ball! We love the ultra rich and flavourful broth, as well as the chilli dip.
Here’s a ban mian that is exceptionally IG-worthy! Located in Sin Ming, Yue Lai Xiang Delights sells ban mian that comes in pink, blue, orange and green hues, made using all-natural ingredients such as pumpkin, blue pea flower, spinach and beetroot. Served in a rich pork bone broth made without MSG and a homemade chilli sauce, you have the option of going for the Standard bowl, Deluxe or Premium that comes with assorted seafood!
Madam Leong Ban Mian is run by a single mother, Vivian Leong, who started the business to support her teenage daughter. Inspired by her mum’s hakka-style ban mian, Vivian made the jump from housewife to hawker, making her ban mian daily by hand. The broth is simmered with yellow beans and anchovies for two hours before it is ready to be served. Together with springy noodles, fiery chilli and a flavourful homemade sauce, this is definitely a ban mian that will keep you coming back for more.
Qiu Rong Ban Mian was previously located at Roxy Square before moving to their current location at Old Airport Road Food Centre. Helmed by a couple who has been running the business for over 20 years, their ban mian offerings have gained them a loyal following and many regulars make it a point to travel for their noodles even after the shift. The noodles are handmade everyday, and topped with a generous helping of minced pork, fresh slices of fish, and a wobbly egg, the Sliced Fish Ban Mian brims with comfort with every bite.
Located at the food court of City Plaza, Poon Nah serves eight different kinds of noodles. From ban mian to you mian, mee sua and ee mian, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Furthermore, you can pick a variety of toppings such as prawns, fish, kidney, clams, fish maw and abalone. Think of it like DIY ban mian that you can customise to your liking!
Compared to other stalls with various combinations of toppings, this stall came with a more straightforward choice of Mee Hoon Kway and Sheng Mian, both available in soup and dry versions. The dry version features a umami and savoury sauce, along with fried shallots and crispy ikan bilis for added texture, while the soup version is light but flavourful. The stall attracts a constant queue and seems to be especially popular with the elderly!
First established in 2012 as a single hawker stall, Face Ban Mian now has more than 10 branches to its name. What’s special about them is their pork belly soup, which is not found in most stalls. The soup is tasty and the pork belly is wonderfully tender, with perfectly cooked noodles. Each bowl is finished with minced meat and crispy anchovies for added texture!
The next time you’re looking for cheap eats in Orchard, head on over to Greenview Cafe at level four of Far East Plaza. This handmade noodle stall has been open for over 30 years and has a loyal customer base that keeps coming back for more. You can’t go wrong with the classic Minced Pork Mee Hoon Kueh, but they also have some unique takes such as Fried Mee Hoon Kueh and Herbal Mee Hoon Kueh.
If you love dry ban mian, another great spot to check out would be Ng Kuan Chilli Pan Mee, known for their dry chilli ban mian. And apart from the usual minced pork, you can also choose your ban mian with sides like fried pork and chicken cutlet! Topped with fried ikan billis, shallots, garlic and a runny egg, the dish makes for a great meal regardless of time of day. That’s right – they’re open 24 hours!