Ban mian is a fairly simple dish consisting of handmade egg noodles and minced meat in a flavourful broth, yet it is one of the most comforting eats on the island—especially on a rainy day.
While the hearty dish can be found in most hawker centres across the island, some stalls attract more crowds with their delicious versions. If you’re wondering where to satisfy your next ban mian craving, here are some of our local chefs’ recommendations.
1. Face Ban Mian
Eric Cheam, executive chef, The Dining Room
“While I can’t exactly remember when I stumbled upon this stall, I vaguely remember that it was a weekday afternoon, around four years ago. It was drizzling as I was running personal errands and I caught sight of a bright red and black signboard. It didn’t look like the sky would clear anytime soon, so I decided to try this stall. Since then, I have made it a point to visit whenever possible.
I really like the pork belly soup, which is not found in most stalls—and I can easily have two bowls when I am hungry. The soup is light yet tasty and the pork belly is wonderfully tender. The noodles are also not overcooked. Each bowl is finished with minced meat and crispy anchovies for added texture.”
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