China Whampoa Home Made Noodle – Very Shiok Dry Ban Mian with Chilli!
After 3 long months of renovation, Whampoa Market finally reopens. Unfortunately, I can no longer find the famous carrot cake which everyone was raving about. However, I finally got to try China Whampoa Home Made Noodle!
We waited about 20 mins on a Saturday lunch. Not too bad actually, considering that some of my friends had waited about 1 hour previously. They make their noodles in small batches within the stall, and offers a good range of premium ingredients to go with it – fresh prawns, fish slices, clams or mock abalone.
Here, you get a clear and light broth that is only cooked with ikan bilis and soya beans instead of pork bones. Unlike other ban mian stalls, no eggs were added. In addition, they added mani cai (马尼菜 or sweet leaf) into the soup which helps to give a little sweetness into the soup. I have seen mani cai being used in old school ban mian, but it is so rare to see this vegetable in ban mian now!
What got everyone more excited is the dry version. Toss it with their premium dark soy sauce and homemade chilli sauce for maximum pleasure. The texture of the noodles stand out much more when you order the dry version as I see myself literally slurping up the noodles that were coated with dark soy sauce. No oil was added into the noodles, the flavours came from the dark sauce and chilli.
Here’s a warning for you, the chilli sauce is really spicy! We just order a bowl without chilli and have the chilli sauce placed in a saucer. My tongue was burning whenever I dipped some minced meat into the chilli sauce and placed it into my mouth. But the temptation never stops and I see myself consistently going back for more chilli sauce. If you prefer less spicy, they also have a less spicy version which is in green. To go with the spicy dry ban mian, we had Bee Guan orange peel and sour plum drink.
The last reason why I would revisit this stall is because of the very friendly owner. He is very cheerful and friendly, never had I seen him with a grumpy face. This makes the entire wait worth it. What’s more, you can call him to make reservations! Go early and be prepared to queue for at least 15 minutes during lunch time.
China Whampoa Home Made Noodle
Address: Whampoa Market, Blk 91 Whampoa Drive #01-24
Tel: 9625 6692
Opening hours: 7am to 2pm, closed on Monday
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