best ban mian in singapore

He Xing Ban Mian Zhi Jia

HE XING BAN MIAN ZHI JIA
#01-45 Sims Vista Market & Food Centre

Every time I come to the food centre, I tell myself I’ll order something else. But I always end up back here – it’s my favourite ban mian stall. I like the QQ texture of the handemade noodles, and the soup is light but very comforting. The fried chicken bites at the stall is also one of my greatest guilty pleasures. The uncle fries it in small batches so it’s always fresh and crisp. – Lim Tsiao Hui, deputy editor

CHINA WHAMPOA HOME MADE NOODLE
#01-24 Whampoa Market

Don’t be deceived by the lack of a queue – that’s only because this tech-savvy hawker uses a buzzer system! The waiting time is between 30 minutes to an hour during peak hours, but it’s well worth the wait. Two things make this stall extra special: The broth is made without pork bones, only ikan bilis and soy beans; and they don’t crack an egg in like most places do. That gives the soup a lovely clean sweetness that stands out from other ban mian stalls. The dry noodles are popular here too, and they even sell tubs of their homemade chilli! – Simone Wu, beauty editor

POOH NAH CITY HOME MADE NOODLE
#05-02 City Plaza

This homemade noodles stall easily accounts for half of the crowd in this tiny food court. The soup is flavourful with a good handful of minced meat. It’s also great for variety hunters – you can have your ban mian or mee hoon kueh with sliced fish, prawns, clams, abalone, or pig’s kidney. And their chilli sauce is so shiok. I don’t take much spicy food but I keep reaching out for it even though it really makes me sweat. – Ann Neo, senior designer

TOP 1 HOME MADE NOODLE 
#04-44 Beauty World Food Centre

This spot is a bit of an open secret among West-siders. We don’t talk about it much, but we all know and love it. The dry ban mian is their specialty, simultaneously sweet and spicy thanks to the mix of thick dark sauce and their punchy homemade chilli. If you’re a chilli head, you’ll want to try their mala mee too. It’s eye-watering hot, and equally addictive. – Ron Chin, contributing editorial assistant

L32 HAND MADE NOODLES
558 Geylang Lor 32

Geylang is not just for frog’s porridge and late-night dim sum. This humble ban mian stall run by a young couple commands queues of customers who patiently (brave the sweltering heat and) wait upwards of 40 minutes for their ban mian fix. I’m partial to soupy noodles, but they make a mean bowl of dry ban main with dark sauce, homemade chilli, and the pièce de resistance: a runny soft-cooked egg for you to coat the noodles with. – Mia Chenyze, consumer and lifestyle writer