Mention white bee hoon and the visual of a plate of white bee hoon (duh) in a thick gravy with chunky fried egg pieces, sliced pork, seafood, lime and lard, would probably pop in your mind.
It’s quite hard to define the essential components of the white bee hoon dish, but I’ve found that the more common versions of the dish in Singapore fit this ideal. However, there are some stalls that wok-fry it and serve it as a dry version, perhaps to cater to a different crowd of diners.
It’s not quite Singapore’s national dish, but it certainly holds a fond space in my heart. For those on the lookout for a nostalgic bowl of goodness, check out these eight white bee hoon stalls in Singapore for your comfort food cravings.
1. East Seafood White MeeHoon
If you’re familiar with the hawker gems within the Toa Payoh precinct, you probably would have heard of East Seafood White Meehoon. It’s hard to miss them, especially with consistent snaking queues.
The stall offers a few seafood white bee hoon options for you to choose from. For first time visitors, the Specialty White Mee Hoon (S$8) gives you the best of all worlds, with la la, prawns, and sliced fish. Or perhaps, take it up a notch with flower crab or crayfish.
If you do visit, don’t forget to help yourself to the sinful, crispy lard chunks as well!
Block 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-06, Singapore 310210
+65 8715 1087
Tue to Sun: 10am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mon
2. Famous JB 101 Firewokz (新山101小厨)
Finding Famous JB 101 Firewokz (新山101小厨) was no easy feat given its location deep within the Bukit Batok Crescent industrial area. Besides what one would come here for, the hawker stall also prides itself on serving up traditional Johor Bahru-styled dishes including Malaysian Hokkien mee.
Their rendition of White Bee Hoon (S$4) comes with a generous mix of seafood (prawns, squid, fresh fish slices), which makes it quite a steal for its price point.
The broth has a rich creaminess from the egg that is mixed in, which will please fans of umami gravy. Westies, you’ve got yourself a gem!
3. Hong Yun Seafood
Over in the Toa Payoh hood, where the famous Hup Chong Yong Tau Foo is located, is where you’ll find one of my family’s dinner hideouts, Hong Yun Seafood. Besides the restaurant-quality Chinese fare and signature white bee hoon, this space has a special air-conditioned area, the perfect place to seek refuge on a hot day.
Here at Hong Yun, the White Beehoon (S$12) is served dry, with the usual ingredients and lean pork slices. Despite the lack of gravy, the dish had a generous helping of lard chunks (my absolute favourite) which gave it an extra oomph.
While it also could use a bit more wok hei, this makes for an energizing meal to takeaway on work-from-home days, or a simple one-dish-feeds-all family meal.
Block 124, Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-459, Singapore 310124
+65 8463 8011
Daily: 10.30am – 1.15pm & 3.30pm – 10.15pm
4. House of White Bee Hoon
Opened by ex-White Restaurant chef, House of White Bee Hoon dominates the North-East space with its al fresco establishment in Punggol.
For flavour chasers of the humble dish, be prepared to be spoilt for choice here. There’s just no doubt about it, especially when their menu features 10 different flavours of white bee hoon.
From the Signature White Bee Hoon (S$6.90) to Mala White Bee Hoon (S$8.90) and Abalone White Bee Hoon (S$25.90) and more, you can count on them to level up your next gathering.
One stall has managed to stay quite hidden when it comes to white bee hoon. Jin Hock Seafood is quite the go-to place for zi char lovers in the area where their outlets are located.
I usually opt for the original White Bee Hoon (S$5/S$9/S$13) instead of the plate with clams, purely because I believe this dish is best served as is.
Topped with shrimps, pork slices, chunky egg bits, and a generous portion of lard, this would be my go-to for a quick and affordable meal in the East. It could use some lime and belacan chilli, though I can’t complain much when the dish served plain is already so delightful.
6. Soon Heng White Bee Hoon
A new contender in the scene is none other than Soon Heng White Bee Hoon, located at Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre. Don’t bother looking for a menu—the stall sells just one dish in three sizes, and a great one too.
Much like the OG version at White Restaurant, Soon Heng’s White Bee Hoon (S$4/S$6/S$8) appears to have less egg than one would expect. The smallest portion comes with two prawns, la la, vegetables, white bee hoon, and a scoop of chilli.
Altogether, a well-balanced version. Though if you’d ask me, I would prefer more fried egg chunks to make this a worthy contender to the original.
22A Havelock Rpad, #01-03, Singapore 161022
Mon to Sat: 8.30am – 3pm
Closed on Sun
7. White Restaurant
White Restaurant (previously known as You Huak Restaurant) is synonymous with the original white bee hoon, having served it in their coffee shop stall since 1996. One could say that the many versions of white bee hoon we see today have actually been adapted from them.
The founder Mr. Tay King Huak, or Uncle Tay, shared that the humble dish is a uniquely home-cooked Singaporean dish loved by many over time and I couldn’t agree more.
The Original White Bee Hoon (S$7 for small, S$12 for medium) never fails to bring home-cooked deliciousness to the table. It may look simple but don’t be fooled by its humble appearance.
If there’s one element here that sets this apart from the rest, it’s got to be the thick broth packed full of flavours. Plus, don’t forget the legendary sour and spicy chilli. A must-add for the full white bee hoon experience here at White Restaurant!
Finally, one for the Changi dwellers! Find Woon Woon Pek Beehoon within Changi Village Hawker Centre, run by two gentlemen full of passion in serving up delicious and hearty seafood white bee hoon for the masses.
The Seafood Platter (S$30) may come with a hefty price tag, but the portion is good for sharing among three to four persons. This option is probably the best to enjoy a variety of seafood (prawns, crayfish, fish slices) with two to three other friends.
The sweetness of the seafood mixed together with the rich and savoury broth was a heavenly combination. If you prefer white bee hoon with a bit more emphasis on seafood flavours, this is the one to visit.
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