The standard bowl of dry Ban Mian, Pan Mee or Mee Hoon Kueh is usually topped with seasoned minced pork, crispy ikan bilis (it’s a must) and vegetables, while some comes with meatballs, prawns, slices of braised mushroom, fried shallots, poached egg or even black fungus, and others uses the sweet sayur manis (马尼菜) vegetable or even cabbage, instead of chye sim. But one thing that all bowls of dry ban mian have in common is the all important sweet and savoury homemade black sauce (together with some form of chilli sauce or paste).

If the sauce mix is the soul, then handmade noodles must be the heart, the center a good bowl of ban mian, be it ‘dry’ or in soup form. Firm, springy, and sometimes eggy, soaking up all that appetizing sauce. It must have a good bite and texture to it without bunching into a lumpy mess or being overly raw and doughy. Be it QQ (al-dente) like the hand-torn mee hoon kueh, chewy like the ban mian (flat noodle) or slurping good like the you mian (thin noodles) – it’s the Asian pasta that deserves more recognition.

Check out these 12 dry Ban Mian stalls, in no particular order, and where you can find them. (Notable mentions goes out to Soon Ji Ban Mian at Chinatown Complex, Liang Kee Ban Mian at Sims Drive Market & Food Centre, and Wang Jiao Ban Mian at Timbre+.)

 

One of the top rated ban mian in Singapore that allows you to customize your bowl with seven types of noodles, including mee hoon kueh, with a variety of ingredients like sliced abalone, prawns or homemade meatballs to choose from. Top 1 is known for their dry version that features a tongue-numbing chilli sauce with their special black savoury sauce, while the hot and spicy Mala soup, and the fiery Tom Yam soup are equally well received too. Starting at $3.50, it comes with nuggets of well-seasoned minced pork as well.
Top 1 Home Made Noodle is located at 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44 Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177, p. +65 9154 8191. Open 10:30am – 8:30pm (Mon to Sat), closed on Wed. See their Facebook page here.

 

Another highly-rated ban mian stall that also features a sweat-inducing chilli sauce. China Whampoa’s dry version of noodles includes fried shallots and sayur manis vegetable together with a thicker black sauce that’s slightly sweet. Most bowls comes with seasoned minced pork and mushrooms, other topping combinations include clams, abalone or fish maw. For $4, you get get fresh prawns and minced pork, but prepared to wait for around 45 minutes.
China Whampoa is located at 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-24 Whampoa Makan Place Block 91, Singapore 320091, p. +65 9625 6692. Open 7am – 2pm (Tue to Sun); closed on Mon.

 

Third on the list is from a nondescript eatery at Far East Plaza. Greenview Cafe’s traditional dry Mee Hoon Kueh ($4.50) is assembled with irregular pieces of soft, chewy hand-torn noodle coated in a robust mix of dark sauce, vinegar and chilli sauce together with sayur manis vegetable and clumps of minced pork. The portion size is moderate but it’s good value for handcrafted food along Orchard Road, and it’s air-conditioned.

Greenview Cafe is located at 14 Scotts Road, #04-96 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213. Open 10:30am – 8pm (Tue to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Next up is this CBD hawker that’s opened for just three hours a day, five days a week and with just three items on the menu – Ban Bee Dry ($4), Ban Mee Chilli ($5), and Ban Mee Soup ($5). Using exclusively you mian (thin noodles), Grandma’s Ban Mee Dry includes a poached egg with a runny center, fried shallots as well as slices of braised mushroom, and black fungus, while the Ban Mee Chilli comes with additional braised minced pork and an aromatic dried shrimp chilli paste. Pretty hearty.
Grandma Ban Mee 老妈子板面 is located at 7 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111. Open 11am – 2pm (Mon to Fri), closed on Sat & Sun. See their Facebook page here

 

A firm Toa Payoh favourite which also goes by “J99 Eating House Ban Mian”, Fu Zhou’s Pork You Mian ($3.50) is known for their generous portion and unique usage of seasonal vegetables. The you mian (thin noodles) and ban mian (flat noodles) are hand made daily and you also get a half-boiled egg with your dry ban mian. Bang for your buck.

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Fu Zhou Ban Mian 福州板面 is located at 86 Toa Payoh Central, J99 Eating House, Singapore 310186. Open 9am – 9pm (Mon to Sat), closed on Sun.

 

L32 手工面 Handmade Noodles, Geylang & Tampines
Another ban mian big name, L32 is widely known for the quality of their fresh handmade noodles that’s always springy and al-dente. L32’s black sauce is on the sweet side, which balances out their fiery chilli sauce nicely. $4.30 gets you an excellent bowl of Dry Ban Mian that includes minced pork, sliced lean pork, and fried shallots, as well as an egg soup on the side. Fans seem to prefer the Geylang outlet when it comes to the soup versions.

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手工面 Handmade Noodles is located at 558 Geylang Road, Geylang Lorong 32, Singapore 389509, and at Tampines 1 Kopitiam, p. +65 9770 2829. See their Facebook page here.

 

Singapore famous ban mian joint tucked in the top floor of City Plaza food court. Poon Nah offers one of the widest range of hand made noodles (eight different types!) paired with an assortment of ingredients that includes abalone clam, pig kidney or fish maw, but it’s the soft, chewy mee hoon kueh that they’re known for. At $4, your dry mee hoon kueh includes nuggets of minced pork, sliced mushroom, fried shallots and sayur manis vegetable topped with a thick black sauce and their signature spicy chilli.

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Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle is located at 810 Geylang Road, #05-02 City Plaza, Singapore 409286, p. +65 6842 4524. Open 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sun), closed on alternate Saturdays.

 

Seletar Sheng Mian, Ang Mo Kio & Toa Payoh
(Previously) Seletar Food Centre darling dishing out the most affordable $3 bowls of sheng mian (生面) and mee hoon kueh in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh. Seletar’s pieces of hand-torn (dry) mee hoon kueh are uneven in the best of ways, soft and chewy, topped with a rich blend of black savoury sauce and chilli that mild in heat but big in flavour. Prawns and fried shallots are included, for 50 cents more, you get extra deep fried ikan bilis.

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Seletar Sheng Mian is located at Kebun Baru Market & Food Centre, and at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre.

 

Madam Leong Ban Mian, Holland/Commonwealth
Dry ban mian or mee hoon kueh topped with braised pork belly, black fungus? That’s right, at Madam (Vivian) Leong,  authentic Hakka-style ban mian can be paired with braised pork, tom yum or even curry chicken (on Monday), while the signature dry Ban Mian ($4) is a bowl of thick, chewy, eggy handmade noodles that includes braised mushroom slices, braised minced pork and fried shallots, in a black sauce mix that’s thicker and slightly sweeter than what other stall offers, balanced with a spicy homemade chilli sambal. It’s hearty and also comes with an egg, either poached or in soup.

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Madam Leong Ban Mian is located at 31 Holland Close, #01-241, Singapore 270031, p. +65 9221 7303. Open 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Originally from Jurong West, He Jia Huan has quietly expanded to 4 locations across Singapore, including a stall at Old Airport Road Food Centre. He Jia Huan’s dry version of their handmade noodles includes minced pork, and a homemade chilli sauce (paste) that’s based on dried shrimp and sambal belachan (shrimp paste) instead of the regular orange type we often see. The Toa Payoh (remark: Toa Payoh is blessed with ban mian) outlet closes at 3am for those who likes a hearty bowl of ban mian for supper.

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He Jia Huan Ban Mian 合家歡板面 is located at #01-30 Old Airport Road Food Centre, at 496 Jurong West Street 41, at #01-14 Toa Payoh Food Centre, and at 90 Whampoa Drive. See their Facebook page here.

 

TWO BONUS ENTRIES: For those who likes the style of dry ban mian that Grandma Ban Mee 老妈子板面 offers, consider the following two Malaysian noodle chains which are known for Chilli Pan Mee:

 

Famous KL noodle joint known for their smoky, special roasted dry chilli flakes. Served exclusively with you mian (thin noodles), Kin Kin’s Signature Dry Chilli Pan Mee ($5) includes braised minced pork, poached egg and fried shallots. Other noodle bowls include ingredients such as the huge homemade fishballs, sea asparagus or clams. Kin Kin might be from KL, but they are not related to KL Traditional Chilli Pan Mee.
Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee is located at 534 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368220, p. +65 6743 1372. Open 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Another well-known Malaysia noodle chain that’s a fair alternative to Kin Kin’s chilli pan mee as they feature almost the same toppings and ingredients, but at a higher price, this is one for you if you prefer dining in a convenient mall setting. Starting at $8.90, Face to Face’s Hot & Spicy Pan Mee uses the Chinese spinach with your choice of flat or round handmade pan mee, and the house specialty pan-fried dry chilli which comes in three levels of spiciness, namely the original, fiery and scorching.
Face to Face Noodle House is located at 180 Kitchener Road, #02-23/24 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539, p. +65 6595 6595. Open 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). See their website page here.

 

We hope you like this list of dry Ban Mian. Which one is your favourite? Did we miss out any of your go-to? Please share them with us in the comments below!







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