Noodles! They’re a big part of our Singaporean staple, whether it’s a quick, lunchtime fix or a midnight supper run.
While it’s great comfort food (who doesn’t love biting into those firm, springy strands marinated in a pool of sauce and seasoning at the bottom of the bowl? Yum.), that hasn’t stopped some people from innovating and cooking up their own version of this humble hawker fare.
So here there are: 6 noodles dishes or noodle stalls that added a twist to the Singaporean mee game.
1. A Noodle Story @ Amoy Food Center, Tanjong Pagar
If there was a bowl of noodles that could represent Singapore as a culinary melting pot, this would be it. This Singapore-style ramen ($5-7) consist of wanton mee with all the added trimmings: tender Japanese charshu, onsen egg and crispy potato prawn fritter. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable noodles from a hawker center, although the noodles can be a tad hard and clumpy if you don’t dig your chopsticks in fast enough. Be prepared to brave the lunchtime crowd, too: at least a 30 minute queue will form by 12.30pm on weekdays, and only 100 bowls are available everyday according to their Facebook page.
Address: Amoy Street Food Centre 01-39
Monday to Friday: 11.15am – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am – 2pm
2. Lo Ding Set, Uncle Chicken Rice @ Bedok Marketplace
The Lo Ding Set by Uncle Chicken Rice is the stuff your supper dreams. For $4, you get Hong Kong style maggi mee with tender roasted chicken, bak choy, crispy luncheon meat and ramen style egg to coat everything in. Adding a kick to their rendition of chicken noodles is their signature ginger dip with scallions. Yum! Be sure to get extra.
3. Spicy Mee, The Refinery @ Lavender
It looks like your ordinary bak chor mee, but it’s not. The Refinery swapped out pork and liver with generous chunks of pulled pork and onsen egg in their Spicy Mee ($12). Beware of the chilli sauce at the bottom of the bowl, though, as it is not for the weak hearted. Add $5 to make it a set lunch with agedashi tofu and a drink.
Address: 115 King George Avenue
Tuesday to Thursday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 12mn
Friday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 1am
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 4pm
4. i want my noodle @ Shaw Centre
Located on the quieter side of Shaw Centre, I want my noodle prides itself on its freshly made noodles with no preservatives to give the noodles that wholesome taste and springy texture. There are no shortage of options on the menu that come served with a bowl of radish soup. Full review here.
5. Truffle Wanton Mee, Bee Kee @ Serangoon
Truffle addicts rejoice – you no longer need to spend a bomb on fries or ramen to get your truffle fix! To be fair, the $6 version of this wanton noodle isn’t the cheapest option in your neighbourhood hawker centre, and it’s basically normal noodles doused with truffle oil. The chashu is well caramelised and yields a smoky, sweet taste, though!
Address: 2 Lorong Lew Lian
Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7am – 4pm
6. Wanton @ Amoy Street, Tanjong Pagar
Wanton is the food equivalent of your grandma undergoing a punk rock makeover. Since its opening last year, the menu has expanded to include options like mushrooms and “twosome” meat toppings for its noodles. Full review here.
Address: 52 Amoy Street
Monday to Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday: 5pm – 1am
(Dinner from 5pm)