Some call these carb-heavy dishes sinful, I say it’s a staple. You can’t eat clean with this (we haven’t found an ideal zucchini pasta yet), but it’s worth training dirty for these bad boys. As a dedication to National Noodle Month in March, here are some of our favourite noodle spots around the island.
J & J Special Beef Noodle
Towards the end of the food haven that is Old Airport Road Food Centre lies a stall brewing fragrant, thick, brothy bowls of goodness. The braised beef brisket noodle soup is a standout, with its warm, full-bodied, and blended with spices to give it a hearty flavour. Uncle William serves up good meat alongside kind smiles — it’s hard to ask for anything more. Unless you want wagyu noodles or rice, which he has on the menu, too.
Find it at Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-162
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It’s always a treat to dine at Morsels, but one of the most memorable dishes we’ve had here is the “Firecracker” pulled pork pasta. The pork is marinated for 24 hours, then braised for another three, so you know it’s juicy and flavourful. The habanero pesto is nestled in the curves of the shell pasta, so with each bite, you’ll be grabbing your glass of water, and craving your next mouthful. Don’t worry if you can’t take the heat — each bowl comes with a dollop of sour cream to ease the burn.
Find it at 25 Dempsey Road, #01-04
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JB Ah Meng
This amazing zichar restaurant is always crowded, and once you have their “san lou bee hoon” (or ‘three-storey noodles’), you’ll know why. Every strand is coated with wok hei, and the charred bits are a great textural contrast to the more moist noodles inside. Fried with shrimp, egg and squid, it is an absolute must-order if you can brave the crowds.
Find it at 534 Geylang Road
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Sumo Bar Happy
This hole-in-the-wall ramen bar was our most visited restaurant last year and we are ecstatic they are finally on Chope so we can continue our streak without the anxiety of not getting a seat. The beef ramen is great (as are the free flow onsen eggs), but my personal favourite is the sashimi mazemen. The fish is great (how can you complain when there’s otoro, ikura and akami among others?), but accompanied with the chilled yuzu noodles and ponzu sauce, and this dish is the most addictive, refreshing thing you can have on a hot day. Wash it down with one of the playful cocktails on offer.
Find it at 261 Waterloo Street, #01-24 Waterloo Centre
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Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck Roasted
Not to be confused with the chicken rice shop of the same name, this stall in Zion Road Food Centre serves braised, tender duck meat with two great chilis. But the kway chap is cooked to perfection, the Chinese equivalent of al dente, and the broth is a soothing herbal blend sure to complete the meal. Go early to avoid the queue.
Find it at 70 Zion Rd, #01-24
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The Singapore style ramen and recipient of the Bib Gourmand Michelin award. Preserving the taste of juicy dumpling spingy noodles and topped with a crispy potato wrapped prawn, perfectly braised char siew. Even the soup is a hearty one with lots of treasures inside. Go early ! And prepare to Q. 7 SGD. . . #bibgourmand #michelinguide #wanton #ramen #charsiew #hawker #amoystreet
A Noodle Story
There’s always a long line here for these bowls of “Singapore-style ramen”, but it’s no surprise when the food deserves its two Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. Brave the wait, and you’ll be rewarded with melt-in-your-mouth char siew, an Instaworthy (and tasty) potato-wrapped prawn, a soy sauce-infused onsen egg and crispy Hong Kong-style wontons, served on top of a bed of springy noodles. There are only 200 bowls on offer for lunch though, so get there quick.
Find it at 7 Maxwell Road, #01-39
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