One day, I was asking my mom if she had any food recommendations, to which she excitedly exclaimed: “Yes! Got a ban mian stall above Sheng Siong at Teban Gardens that is nice! It’s run by a Chinese couple.” I was skeptical — ban mian is ban mian, how good can it get?
Located in Yong Sheng Coffee Shop above Sheng Siong, this ban mian stall had the simple name of Ban Mian. Fish Soup. We tried both soup and dry versions of the ban mian ($ 3).
The auntie told me that they use handmade ban mian, which explains the chewy, QQ texture of the noodles. The ban mian was firm, with a good bite, while the broth bore the sweetness of minced pork chunks, cabbage and fried ikan bilis. You can request for the egg to be cracked directly into the ban mian, letting the heat of the hot broth cook it. You may find the ban mian average tasting at first. But as you eat it, you’ll gradually realise that this simple bowl of hot noodles is actually quite addictive and comforting. After trying so many mediocre ban mian in food courts and hawker centres, this is admittedly one of the better ones around.
If you want something more special, the dry ban mian is the one to order. The first thing you will notice is how the seasoning taste starkly different from that of most ban mian stalls. The distinctive sour tang of the vinegar made the ban mian more appetising, but the real special weapon was the chilli. The auntie revealed that high-quality Tungsan chilli is used in the seasoning of the dry ban mian. The seasoning sure packed a fragrant spicy punch. The Tungsan chilli coated the minced pork chunks nicely, making them taste different from the ones in the ban mian soup. The minced pork were sizeable and chunky, so I asked the auntie how she made it so tender and delicious. She wryly smiled and shared that the minced pork is marinated with a special sauce. Pork lard is not used in the seasoning which is concocted with just vinegar, dark soya sauce and Tungsan chilli. It was pretty amazing that the ban mian was perfectly moist.
Good ban mian should be readily available in every part of Singapore so that those seeking comfort food can easily get their hands on some. I am sure that there are many other good ban mian places in Singapore, and this unassuming stall at Teban Gardens has just been added to my list.
Address: Blk 61 Teban Gardens Road, Yong Sheng Coffee Shop (above Sheng Siong), Singapore 600061
Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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