Last Updated: February 23, 2017
Our obsession with food is mind boggling. Others eat to live, Singaporeans simply live to eat. Singaporeans are willing travel around our tiny island to seek out the best dishes and Hokkien Mee is definitely one of those favourites.
This humble and flavourful noodle dish made with rich stock, prawns, squid, pork belly, and lard cubes traces it roots Fujian province in China. Brought to South East Asia by early immigrants, the dish has morphed into different variations – the Malaysian variation uses dark soy sauce and thick noodles whereas the Singaporean variation uses thin yellow noodles with vermicelli.
The best Hokkien Mee stall in Singapore is very contentious topic. There are effectively 2 camps – the dry or the wet type. Here are 18 best Hokkien Mee stalls in Singapore worth paying a visit to. Be warned that you may end up feeling famished halfway through this guide.
Tian Tian Lai is most worthy of being a contender for the top three positions. It is an unequivocal favourite among Hokkien Mee fans. The prawn stock is very rich and the noodles are fried to a perfectly gooey texture. If you love lard, this is the place to be. The chef is really generous and the crunchy cubes of fried pork fat add bursts of flavour with every bite.
Address: Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1, #02-27, Singapore 310127
Operating hours: 9.30am to 6pm (Closed Mon)
Despite the name, this stall is located at East Coast. It is run by the brother of the original stall still located at Lorong 29 and is one of the few stalls that still fries its Hokkien Mee the traditional way, over a charcoal fire giving the noodles a wok hei fragrance. One of the more generous stalls with its prawn and squid morsels.
Address: 396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994
Operating hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm (Closed Mon)
The original Lorong 29 Hokkien Mee stall, the current stall bears the name of its current owner. Fried over a charcoal flame, the noodles have a similar fragrance to the ones at the brother’s stall. Nonetheless I still prefer this stall, as it’s less gloopy and the prawns are much larger.
Address: 549 Geylang Road (Lorong 29), Singapore 389504
Operating hours: 5pm to 11pm (Daily)
Friends love it but I dread the inconsistency of Nam Sing which shifted from Hougang. No doubt it serves up very good plates of dry style Hokkien Mee but there have been occasions when it has left me disappointed. The best times to go are after their rest days and during the off-peak hours.
Address: Blk 51 Old Airport Road,#01-32, Singapore 390051
Operating hours: 7am till Sold Out (No fixed rest day)
What is this? Well, it’s Hokkien Mee but served up KL style. My Malaysian guests have also concurred that it’s pretty authentic (Malaysia Boleh!). Be prepared to fork out more as it’s along Orchard Road.
Address: Basement One, Tangs Plaza, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
Operating hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm (Mon to Sat), 10.30am to 8.30pm (Sun)
It’s pretty hard to find Hokkien Mee selling for under $3 these days. Here, for $2.50, you get a decent heap of noodles with prawns and squid. There’s always a queue at this stall (I’m convinced it’s cheap price driven), but it tends to clear fast.
Address: Blk 41A Cambridge Road, #01-40, Singapore 211041
Operating hours: 11.30am to 5pm (Closed Mon)
This is my definition of healthy Hokkien Mee. The chef holds back on the salt (a chunk of his customer base are the older residents in the area) but he goes full throttle with the lard (saturated fats are better than trans!). Ok there’s an irony there, but still. The freshly made sambal has a lovely punch.
Address: Blk 40 Beo Crescent, #01-16, Singapore 160040
Operating hours: 10am to 8pm (Closed Fri)
There always seems to be an endless queue at Xie Kee. The chef constantly adds a scoop of soup stock with every order – the best is to wait till his current batch is completely exhausted and the last batch of noodles will be infused with the very rich stock. This stall uses the distinctive flat yellow noodle which is akin to linguine or mee pok. The portion sizes are very decent considering the prices – $2.50 or $3 – sufficient to fill one up.
Address: Blk 116 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-174, Singapore 588172
A very generic stall name to say the least – at least its obvious what they sell. This stall serves up a decent plate of Hokkien with lots of soupy gravy. If the queue at Xie Kee is too long, just pop over and you won’t be disappointed.
Address: Blk 116 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-145, Singapore 588172
When you need a late night fix of soupy bak chor mee from Bedok 85 but can’t bear the long queue, why not have some Hokkien Mee instead? One plate of fried oyster egg and another plate of Hokkien Mee should cure those hunger pangs.
Address: Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-09/10, Singapore 460085
This is one of the two stalls in the ABC Brickworks Food Centre selling Hokkien Mee. This one serves the slightly drier rendition whereas the other, “Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee”, serves the wetter version. Both have their pros and cons but I prefer this stall as the chilli is arguably much better.
Address: Blk 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-100, Singapore 150006
Operating hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm (Closed on Tue)
New Ubin Seafood has good Angus Ribeye steaks but did you also know that it does very good Hokkien Mee too? The inclusion of clams improves the flavour of this dish adding a very rich sweetness. Certainly one of the more overlooked dishes at this eatery.
Address: Block 27 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A #01-174, Singapore 575680 | Website
Operating hours: 11am to 2pm (Tue to Fri), 11.30am to 2.30pm (Sat/Sun), 5.30pm to 1030pm (Daily)
Just steps away from Swee Choon (late night dim sum), this place serves up a decent plate of Hokkien Mee as well. It is slightly on the small size for the price but the chilli is tongue numbingly hot. Really the spiciest chili I’ve tried that goes with Hokkien mee.
Address: Hock Sam Hoe Coffeeshop, 193 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208883
Operating hours: 6pm to 3am (Closed Sun)
Regulars to Chomp Chomp Food Centre rate this as the best among all the Hokkien Mee stalls located there. There’s always a long queue here, so be prepared for the long wait while the chef whips up your order – about 30 -45 minutes. If you love lard (like me), stay clear as you will be in for a shock since there is no lard added!
Address: 20 Kensington Park Road, #01-27, Singapore 557269
Operating hours: 530pm to 12am (Closed Alt Tue)
This stall has a standard modus operandi of one standard $3 portion so if you are hungry you will need definitely two servings (consider it a warning). The stock is fried until it is totally infused into the noodles so those who love the wet version – beware. Also, be prepared for the long queues during lunch time.
Address: 505 Beach Road, #B1-32, Singapore 199583
Operating hours: 11am to 2pm, 3pm to 9pm (Closed Wed)
This stall located within Changi Airport’s T2 Staff Canteen whips up really a really really good plate of wet gooey hokkien mee. It comes with clams which add extra richness to the dish and the sambal chilli sauce enhances the overall experience. Topped off with crunchy lard cubes (you can add as much as you want!), you will be in nirvana after the meal.
Address: Stall 10, Staff Canteen Level 3M, Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 2 – Public Area
Operating hours: 7am to 8pm (Mon to Fri) 7am to 9pm (Sat/Sun)
If you are seeking out good old school hokkien mee, you should definitely put Kim Keat Hokkien Mee on your to do list. The prawns aren’t the big tiger prawn varieties which we are accustomed to but rather the tiny greasyback “Sua Lor” – giving the dish more “ompf”. There’s also delicious slices of deep fried “Sio Bak” roasted pork belly which adds extra flavour to the dish. You have the option of having served Opeh leaf style or Claypot style.
Address: Blk 92 Toa Payoh Lor 4, #01-264, Singapore 310092
Operating hours: 1115am to 10pm (Closed Tue)
If you are a fan of large fresh prawns, generous chunks of squid, and roast pork in your hokkien mee, you will definitely love Soon Kee! It’s finely balanced between dry and wet; appeals to both camps of hokkien mee lovers. Only peeve was the sambal was a little too salty for me. Nonetheless, it still one of the heartland gems that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Address: Li Soon Eating House, Blk 155 Bukit Batok Street 11, #01-322, Singapore 650155
Operating hours: 8am to 9pm (Closed Mon)
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Editor’s end notes
The ingredients for this humble dish do not vary much; any differences in ingredients would be in the quality used. An example would be fresher prawns at some stalls.
As such, deciding on the “best” dish would rely heavily on the culinary skills of the chef. This is keeping in mind of the subjective nature of our taste buds, be it our preference over the wet or dry variations or the types of chilli used.
I do not have a preference between the wet and dry variations; I am, however, very particular with the type of chilli used – definitely sambal over cut chillis or chilli with vinegar.
There were several stalls which that came highly recommended by friends – Nam Kee Fried Prawn Noodle (Clementi Market), Kim’s Hokkien Mee (Bedok Corner Food Centre), & Xiao Di Fried Prawn Noodle (Serangoon Village) but didn’t make the list. Maybe you would disagree with their omission as well.
Again we are keeping our taste buds wide open, feel free to offer suggestions so we might add to this list. But I’ll probably be steering clear of Hokkien prawn mee for the next year.