I have one weakness: dry chilli ban mee. This bowl of handmade noodles might seem simple, especially when you consider that its key ingredients consist of noodles, dark sauce, minced meat, anchovies, fried onions and a heap of ground chilli, but it’s an incredibly hearty and satisfying dish that I’ve come to fall in love with.
Arguably, the most authentic versions of dry chilli ban mee are found across the causeway, but who’s to say that Singapore doesn’t have our own handful of well-loved dry chilli ban mee stalls too? Here are 10 best dry chilli ban mee stalls in Singapore that will absolutely hit the spot.
1. Hui Wei Chilli Ban Mian
It sounds about right to start off this list with a bang, because Hui Wei Chilli Ban Mian packs a punch. This humble hawker stall is located within Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre, and is most well-known for its handmade noodles and homemade chilli.
Go for its iconic Signature Chilli Ban Mian (S$4/S$6), which comes piled with minced pork, fried onions and a runny egg. Spice lovers have raved about its sweat-inducing chilli, which is spicier than it looks, so don’t mix all the chilli in if you can’t handle your spice!
Though the stall is said to open only at 11am on its social media page, online reviews have mentioned that the stall’s opening times vary between 10.30am and 11am, depending on the stall owners, and queues often start forming from as early as 10.30am.
You know it’s going to be good when the stall owners themselves hail from Malaysia.
The Noodle Memories is a relatively new hawker stall, having opened in April 2021 at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre by 27-year-old Ewa Lim and her 30-year-old sister-in-law, Kong Su Teng. Both young ladies were born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, but permanently moved to Singapore in December 2020 to be with their husbands, who work in Singapore.
Despite this being their first foray into the local hawker business in Singapore, both Ewa and Su Teng bring plenty of experience to the table. Ewa’s mother has been running a handful of legit pan mee stalls in KL for close to 30 years, and Ewa and Su Teng spent close to a decade helping out at the stalls before tweaking the recipe and bringing it to Singapore.
Be sure to try its Speciality Dry Chilli Noodle (S$5), which is available in three different spice levels: Xiao La, Zhong La and Da La (aka small, medium and big when translated from Mandarin to English). The hefty bowl of noodles comes with handmade you mian, minced meat, black fungus, homemade tau kee, vegetables, a runny egg, fried shallots and a spoonful of housemade dry chilli granules.
3. Top 1 Home Made Noodles
Nestled within Beauty World Food Centre’s food court on level four is Top 1 Home Made Noodles, a popular bian mian stall that serves up a killer bowl of noodles.
The ordering system is pretty straightforward: choose your noodles (ban mian, you mian, mee hoon kueh, etc), choose your soup base (dry, clear soup, tom yum, hot & spicy, dry), and last but not least, choose your type of ingredients (prawns, meatballs, abalone, clams etc).
A popular order combination is the Signature Dry Ban Mian (S$4) with handmade meatballs. The noodles are tossed in a sweet dark sauce, which is accompanied by a tangy and spicy kick from the chilli. Depending on your spice tolerance, you can also ask for an extra serving of chilli at S$0.30 each.
A fair note of warning that this stall garners an impressive queue, so be prepared for a waiting time that can range anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Food Centre, #04-44, Singapore 588177
+65 9857 6126
Thu to Tue: 10.30am – 6.30pm
Closed on Wed
What’s a dry ban mian listicle without KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee? Most ban mian lovers will be familiar with this restaurant, which is located along MacPherson Road, and used to be known as “that other ban mian stall further down from (the now defunct) Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee”.
Since its inception in 2016, this restaurant has since raised its prices— a bowl of Signature Chilli Ban Mee will cost you S$5.90, while its Signature Abalone Combo Chilli Ban Mee is now S$14.90.
Despite that, you can still customise your dry ban mian with your preferred spice levels. KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee has five different levels of chilli, so it all depends on how much you love spicy food.
476 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368191
+65 9052 0555
Daily: 11am – 8pm
5. Grandma Ban Mee
Nothing beats a taste of old-school home-cooked ban mian, and Grandma Ban Mee, also affectionately known as 老妈子板面, aims to sell just that. This hawker is located on the first floor of Amoy Street Food Centre, so folks who work around the area will be familiar with this stall.
A bowl of Signature Dry Chilli Ban Mian (S$5) comes with handmade noodles, minced pork meat, black fungus, dark soy sauce, ikan bilis and a spoonful of homemade chilli. Filled with comforting flavours that’ll remind you of home-cooked food, Grandma Ban Mee’s fare is simple but satisfying.
The stall also sells Frozen Chilli Ban Mian (S$4.90) so you can indulge in your ban mian fix for supper at home. Do note that orders have to be made two days in advance and while there’s an islandwide fee of S$10, you can choose to collect it in person at the stall as well.
7 Maxwell Road, # 01-07 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
+65 8938 8687
Mon to Sat: 10am – 8pm
Closed on Sun
6. Ng Kuan Chilli Pan Mee
Just a stone’s throw away from Kovan MRT is Ng Kuan Chilli Pan Mee, a bian mian stall that’s open for 24 hours. It’s situated along the famous Kovan supper belt, with Punggol Nasi Lemak and Qi Wei Chicken Claypot located nearby.
While it sells four different kinds of noodles— ban mian, mee hoon kueh, you mian and mee sua— in both dry and soup variations, be sure to try its Signature Ban Mian (Dry) (S$5.30), which comes with a heap of explosive dried chilli. Alternatively, get its Chicken Cutlet Ban Mian (Dry) (S$7.50) to swap out the typical minced meat for a slab of deep-fried chicken cutlet.
7. Chilli Pan Mee (Batu Road)
The folks behind Malaysia’s famous Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee have brought their delicious pan mee to Singapore, so the next time you’re at Far East Square, be sure to swing by Chilli Pan Mee (Batu Road) for a taste of their authentic chilli pan mee.
A bowl of Chilli Pan Mee (S$7.80) might not be the cheapest pan mee around— the same dish goes for RM9.80 in Malaysia— but it comes packed with ingredients, such as minced meat, pork lard, anchovies, a poached egg, spring onions and fried shallots. The shiok and spicy chilli is said to be the star of the dish, and comes in little containers at each table so that you can add as much chilli as you want.
8. Madam Leong Traditional Ban Mian
You’ll find Madam Leong Traditional Ban Mian on the second floor of Amoy Street Food Centre. The stall is opened and run by Madam Leong herself, who came from Malaysia and decided to whip up Hakka-style ban mian that is inspired by her mother’s own recipe.
Featuring freshly made noodles and a broth that has zero MSG, its Dry Chilli Ban Mian (Soup/Dry) comes in three sizes: S$5/S$6/S$7. You can also choose to add on additional Anchovies (S$0.50) or Shrimp Dried Chilli (S$0.50). If you’re not in the mood for something spicy, Madam Leong offers the classic Mee Hoon Kway (S$5/S$6/S$7) in both dry and soup variations as well.
7 Maxwell Rd, Amoy Street Food Centre, #02-109, Singapore 069111
+65 9221 7303
Mon to Sat: 10am – 3pm
Closed on Sun
L32 Handmade Noodles was opened by a couple, whose love for ban mian urged them to launch their own stall at Geylang in the early 2000s. For the past 19 years, this stall has been dishing out a stellar bowl of ban mian which is most known for its handmade noodles.
Its menu is split by ingredient type and offers around nine different types of ban mian in both dry and soup versions. You can go for its classic Pork (S$4.60) ban mian or its Fish Head (S$6.80) ban mian, or if you’re feeling luxurious, you can try its priciest ban mian— the Prawn + Sliced Fish (S$7.30).
Even though this is a dry chilli ban mee listicle, this stall deserves a shout-out for its soup variation as its broth is boiled for up to eight hours a day and doesn’t include any MSG, making it a real labour of love that shines through each sip.
558 Geylang Lorong 32, Singapore 389509
+65 9770 2829
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mon
10. China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
Highly recommended by several online reviews, China Whampoa Home Made Noodle lands a spot on this list because of its top-notch noodles, which are made in small batches in-house to ensure its quality.
Its Sliced Fish Home Made Ban Mee (S$6.50) comes in both dry and soup versions, but we recommend the dry variation. It’s tossed in a special blend consisting of black sauce and sesame oil, and is topped off with different types of homemade chilli. Apart from the classic sambal belacan, China Whampoa Homemade Noodle also offers unique chilli such as pineapple chilli.
China Whampoa Home Made Noodle has three outlets across Singapore: its original stall at Whampoa Food Centre (which is closed for renovations till July 2022), 258 Geylang Lorong 12 and 711 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8.
258 Lorong 12 Geylang, Nam Wah Coffeeshop, Singapore 389314
+65 9625 6692
Daily: 24 hours
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