We’ve all got our guilty pleasures, especially when it comes to iconic hawker dishes in Singapore. While my favourite hawker meal has to be a nourishing bowl of bak chor mee soup, my sister begs to differ with her ultimate go-to bowl of dry beef noodles.
A bowl of dry beef noodles is always comforting with tender slices of beef and a hot bowl of beef soup on the side. While we can’t flock to Taiwan and provinces in China for authentic bowls of beef noodles right now, Singapore is home to pretty decent and delicious versions that will satisfy your cravings all the same.
For the enthusiasts, just like my sister, here are 13 best dry beef noodles in Singapore and where to find your hearty bowls of goodness on this little red dot.
1. Authentic Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow
To kick start this list, we have the iconic Authentic Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow.
Edwin Tan, fourth-generation of Hock Lam beef noodles, was only 18 when started learning the ropes of beef noodle-making. The menu is as simple as it gets: choose either dry or soup, and the ingredients you’d like in your bowl.
The Supreme Mix (S$9.50) is a beef noodle lover’s paradise. The bowl packs on sliced beef, beef balls, beef tendons, brisket and tripe. The thick gravy boasts a sweet, herbal and savoury richness of beef stock, that is well-loved by many.
A word of advice: skip peak lunchtime hours. The wait can get pretty long!
6 North Canal Road, Singapore 048819
+65 6535 0084
Daily: 11am – 7.50pm
Eating a steaming bowl of noodles can literally be a hot and sweaty feat in Singapore, but at Blanco Court Hainanese Beef Noodles, you can slurp up your beef noodles in the cool comfort of an indoor, air-conditioned venue.
Coming in as one of my family’s favourite dry beef noodle places, Blanco Court is no stranger to the scene. Over the years as business got better and the family started opening franchises, it’s no surprise prices inflated.
Their Sliced Beef Noodles (S$7.90/S$10.90) is undoubtedly steep as compared to other hawker stalls, Blanco Court’s rendition promises a thick, savoury and flavourful beef gravy, that wins hearts with just one bite.
Enthusiasts of dry beef noodles, this is hands-down a must-try at least once, if you haven’t already visited.
Over at Kovan MRT lies the hidden gem Cheng Kee Beef Kway Teow. It’s pretty easy to spot since snaking queues always lurk around the stall. Well, Singaporean culture claims this: if there’s a queue, it’s got to be good right?
The Dry Beef Thick Bee Hoon (S$4) comes with thick brown gravy, a generous helping of sliced beef, preserved vegetables, chopped Chinese parsley and a bowl of soup.
What sets this bowl apart from the rest is Cheng Kee Beef Kway Teow’s in-house cincalok and chilli. Normally, cincalok features small shrimp presented as a condiment with lime juice. This version was different, with just shaved shallots in a sour brine.
The sweetness of the shallots was so addictive on its own and tossing it into Cheng Kee’s beef noodles made it oh-so-mouth-watering. A huge win in my book, if you ask me!
203 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530203
Daily: 8.30am – 5pm
4. Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles
If you’re planning a visit to Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles, make sure you head there during the off-peak hours to get your hands on their celebrated beef noodles before they sell out.
Choose from regular beef slices, beef balls, stomach as well as tendon, or just go for the popular Sliced Beef + Beef Ball (S$4) bowl, which comes in a rich and savoury sauce sprinkled with extra condiments and chopped spring onion.
Nothing quite like the best of all worlds, when it comes to a hearty bowl of dry beef noodles.
22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, #01-06, Singapore 310019
Tue to Sun: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Closed on Mon
5. Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa
There’s never a day when Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa isn’t bustling with a hungry queue of customers waiting for their piping hot bowls of beef noodles. But is it worth the queue?
While the stall serves unique variations like mixed beef in laksa, their dry Beef Noodles (S$4) is the go-to order, served with tendons and garnished with chopped greens on the springy noodles.
The broth was more on the watery side unlike some goopy sauces, but it still retained robust flavours, piquant with a squeeze of the lime. Worth the wait!
226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, #01-16, Singapore 568226
+65 6452 4017
Tue to Sun: 7.30am – 3pm
Closed on Mon
6. Hwa Heng Beef Noodles
A secret that’s not quite a secret now, is the whereabouts of the famous Hwa Heng Beef Noodles. More commonly known as, Scotts beef noodles!
Since their relocation to Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, the elderly couple has shortened their operating hours to enjoy more rest days and time to themselves.
The Beef Noodles With Balls (S$5) will surely take you down memory lane as you slurp up the vermicelli and slices of tender beef coated in a thick, dark gravy complemented with a handful of fresh bean sprouts.
The set also comes with a bowl of beef balls in the soup to cleanse your palate between bites. Do remember to check their opening hours before you drop by.
9 Bendemeer Road, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, #01-86, Singapore 330029
Wed to Sat: 10am – 2.30pm
Closed from Sun to Tue
7. Joo Chiat Beef King
Located in the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre, Joo Chiat Beef King is famed for their flavoursome beef noodles befitting a king, regardless of the simple and fresh ingredients used.
Covered in a pool of thick gravy, the Dry Beef Noodle (S$3.50/S$4.50) had a deep malty flavour while the generous slices of beef tore apart easily and were very tender.
If you like your noodles heavy with a dark, herbal-like sauce, you’ll love this version. For an extra protein push, we’d recommend adding on the Beef Ball Soup (S$3.50/S$4.50).
Refer to locations, contact numbers, and opening hours here
8. J. & J. Special Beef Noodles
When the word ‘special’ is in a store’s name, naturally you’d expect something to be, well, special. At J. & J. Special Beef Noodle, their bowls are filled with high-quality beef at an affordable price—that’s something!
The well-marinated beef in their Braised Beef Noodle (S$5.50/S$7.50) will melt in your mouth along with the creamy and soft collagen.
Soaked in a savoury yet light sauce, the noodles were cooked perfectly. Pick up several shreds of fresh onion with the thick noodles to add some kick as you devour the bowl.
A stellar combination if you fancy a version of dry beef noodles with less gravy.
51 Old Airport Road, #01-162, Singapore 390051
+65 9862 7592
Tue to Sun: 10.30am – 7pm
Closed on Mon
9. Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles
It all boils down to authenticity when it comes to food and at Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles, people flock to try their Hainanese beef noodles (served both dry and with soup) which will instantly teleport one to Hainan.
If you’re looking for well-balanced flavours and a wide variety of toppings, the Beef Balls And Tendon Noodles (S$7) is to-die-for. From soft tendon and beef slices to chewy meatballs, the bowl will satisfy your beef noodle cravings with a light yet strong broth and al dente noodles.
505 Beach Rd, #01-89, Singapore 199583
Thu to Tue: 11.30am – 7pm
Closed on Wed
10. Mr Wong Seremban Beef Noodles
Originally located at Marine Parade Food Centre, Katong’s very own gem, Mr. Wong Seremban Beef Noodles, has now moved to Tampines.
The well-loved Dry Sliced Beef Noodles (S$5.50) have many flocking from all parts of Singapore for a bowl. It comes with a choice of noodle between thick white bee hoon or thin bee hoon, and is topped with preserved vegetables, sesame seeds, peanuts and spring onion.
The thick brown gravy, although on the sweeter side, carried full-bodied flavours with every bite. Each bowl has just the right amount of gravy to noodle ratio, making every scoop a delicious one indeed. Definitely go for the dry bowl over the soup version when you visit!
11. The Beef Station
Craving a solid bowl of beef noodles? Swing by The Beef Station for their Hainanese-style beef noodles that have won the stomachs of many.
The glass-panelled store not only lets in ample sunlight but will also brighten up a beef lover’s day.
The bowl of Hainanese Beef Noodle (S$7) was served with a simple garnish of cilantro, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. Thick bee hoon, yellow noodles, thin egg noodles, and kway teow are the available noodle choices.
Regardless of your carb choice, you can count on the light broth and soft beef slices to pair perfectly. This bowl easily warrants a spot on your hunt for good dry beef noodles in Singapore. If you don’t try, you wouldn’t know!
Just one look at Zheng Yi Hainanese Beef Noodle‘s gloriously glossy and rich beef gravy will make you salivate.
This humble beef noodles stall, located in Kin Seng Coffeeshop (which is at the junction between MacPherson Road and Tai Thong Crescent), has been around for the past two decades, dishing out its famous beef noodles for its loyal customers.
It sells two versions of beef noodles: Dry Beef Noodles and Beef Noodles (Soup), both available in Regular (S$7) and Big (S$10).
Given its steeper price points, one would naturally expect a larger portion. Lucky for us all, Zheng Yi Hainanese Beef Noodles is very generous with the amount of beef slices, tendon and tripe in every bowl of noodles.
Altogether, a decent bowl of dry beef noodles to try if you’re in the area.
2 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347838
Mon to Fri: 10am – 4pm
Sat: 10am – 2.45pm
Closed on Sun
13. Ah Kee Beef Noodles
Fueled by his passion to cook, Ah Kee decided to start his humble hawker stall right in the middle of Circuit Breaker in June 2020. Ah Kee Beef Noodles modifies its version based on traditional Hainanese recipes, with no preservatives.
One look at their Dry Beef Noodles (S$4) and you’ll be hooked right in. The dark gravy holds herbal notes and what I believe is five spice seasoning, which makes this bowl a comforting one to have when the cravings kick in.
Reminiscent of Taiwanese beef noodles, Ah Kee’s bowls are made with love and is one to extend our support of local spirit to.
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