Last Updated: January 11, 2019
Lor mee is not one of the more internationally renowned Singaporean dishes, but Singaporeans love this Hokkien dish with flavour-packed, sticky gravy and springy broad noodles. Traditionally, fried fish bits were added to lor mee, but now many stalls replace it with fried batter instead.
It is a dish that looks deceivingly simple to prepare, but most fans will agree that very few stalls cook it right.
Lor mee lovers like myself will also feel that it is hardly raved about, and that it feels like a niche Singaporean dish at times. The dish deserves so much more attention in my opinion, and so here’s a list of 10 best lor mee stalls that you will want to visit if you’re looking for lor mee that packs a massive punch.
Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee (羅弄阿蘇卤面) is a stall in Hougang that’s been highly lauded by many other media platforms as well. This stall is recommended for those who prefer their lor mee to have a stronger flavour, and a bowl starts from S$3.
The gravy here is a little on the salty side but many people swear by this bowl of lor mee. The ingredients also come in rather generous portions!
There is an assortment of ingredients used like shredded duck and ngor hiang, while generous amounts of garlic and vinegar are added for that powerful punch in the gravy.
Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee (羅弄阿蘇卤面): Blk 105 Hougang Ave 1, #02-51, Hainanese Village Centre, Singapore 530105 | Opening Hours: 11am – 3.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon
A hot favourite in the West, Feng Zhen Lor Mee (凤珍卤面) has been satisfying countless customers in Taman Food Centre with their delightful recipe.
The gravy here is spectacular, and the Lor Mee (S$3 onwards) comes with crispy fried meatballs. They also serve fried prawn rolls that make an excellent side for this Singaporean favourite.
Feng Zhen Lor Mee (凤珍卤面): 787B Choa Chu Kang Drive, Singapore 682787 | Tel: +65 9646 6576/+65 9383 6343 | Opening Hours: 5am – 3pm (Tue – Sat), Closed on Sun & Mon
Amoy Street Food Centre houses some of the all-time favourites, in terms of hawker food. As one of the “star” stalls, Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (驰名源春卤面) serves hundreds of bowls of lor mee daily to its many hungry customers.
While standards have been reportedly falling over the years, this stall still ranks high up the list if you are looking for a thick, delicious bowl of lor mee (S$3 onwards) around the CBD area.
Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (驰名源春卤面): 7 Maxwell Road, #02-79/80, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue
Fu Hui Wanton Mee & Lor Mee (福惠云吞面•卤面) is located at a nondescript small coffee shop within the HDB estate in Bishan. Despite this, the stall sees long queues of customers who are eagerly waiting to get their hands on the lor mee here.
While most people order the S$3 portion, I always go for the S$5 portion as it gets me another bowl of fried fish with it. Those who love crispy battered fish to go with their lor mee, Fu Hui is the one for you.
Fu Hui Wanton Mee & Lor Mee (福惠云吞面•卤面): Block 150A Bishan Street 11, #01-161, Rong Fa Eating House, Singapore 571150 | Opening Hours: 7.15am – 2pm, Closed on Wed | Facebook
A stall with decades of experience, Soon Lee Lor Mee (顺利卤面汤) serves Lor Mee (S$3 onwards) that customers have been raving about. The lor mee gravy here is a major highlight, especially with its fragrant well-braised pork flavour.
Once you add the garlic and vinegar, your taste buds will thank you. It is almost as though you can taste all the years of effort that has been put in to perfect the recipe.
Soon Lee Lor Mee (顺利卤面汤): Block 79 Circuit Road, #01-07, Singapore 370079 | Tel: +65 8383 8122 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 9pm (Wed – Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue | Facebook
178 Lor Mee (卤面178) is one of the gems found at the landmark Tiong Bahru Market. One of the highlights of this stall is that they offer a version with shark meat instead of the traditional fish.
Expect a load of crispiness with the Lor Mee (S$3, S$4 with shark nuggets) from this stall too. One of my favorite parts of this dish is the crispy batter that goes perfectly with the gravy. Simply heavenly!
178 Lor Mee (卤面178): 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-23, Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, Singapore 168898 | Opening Hours: 6am – 9.30pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Mon
This other well-loved Lor Mee stall in the Old Airport Road Food Centre does not disappoint. Tiong Bahru Lor Mee (中峇卤面) prides itself with having more than 50 years of experience, and trust me, you can definitely taste it. The gravy is my favourite part of this stall’s Lor Mee (S$2.50 – S$4).
The well-balanced thick gravy harmonises the tastes of spices, garlic, and other secret ingredients, and it’s sure to make you slurp down this bowl of goodness.
Tiong Bahru Lor Mee (中峇卤面): #01-124 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Food Centre Singapore 390051 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 3pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Facebook
Arriving at Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee (智翔特制卤面) in Toa Payoh, one of the first things that might catch your attention is a sign that says “No MSG”.
For hawker food, that is certainly rare and it’s a key factor to draw in crowds of health-conscious customers. There is no need to worry about the latter as this stall serves up a mean bowl of lor mee.
Their Lor Mee (S$3/small, S$4/large) also has fried shredded yam with the noodles instead of the usual fried fish. For those that love the crispy texture of fried yam with the soft and slightly chewy insides, you will love this version of lor mee.
Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee (智翔特制卤面): Block 93 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-49, Singapore 310093 | Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Daily)
For those living closer to the West, Hai Tang Lor Mee (海棠卤面) at Mei Ling Market & Food Centre is probably one of the best you can get. The thick and gooey gravy from the Lor Mee (S$3 onwards) tantalises your tastebuds, and immediately shows the long hours of preparation and the stall’s perfected recipe.
Hai Tang Lor Mee (海棠卤面): 159 Mei Chin Road, #02-14, Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, Singapore 140159 | Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Wed – Mon), Closed on Tue
Queuing for food is often dubbed as Singapore’s favorite national pastime. Many would already heard of Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee (新美香正宗卤面) located at the Old Airport Food Centre, known for attracting long queues that can be spotted even from the main road.
Huge portions of ingredients and the thick, five-spice braised sauce are just the start of the many reasons people love the famous Lor Mee (S$4 – S$6) here. I can never get enough of it (I get the S$6 portion every time).
Do check on their Facebook page before eating here as their opening hours are irregular at times.
Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee (新美香正宗卤面): 51 Old Airport Road, #01-116, Singapore 390000 | Tel: +65 9382 2238 | Opening Hours: 6am – 1.30pm (Fri – Wed), Closed on Thu | Facebook