After trying a couple of popular ban mian stalls such like Poon Nah City Handmade Noodle and
L32 Geylang Handmade Noodles, my next ban mian hunt brought me to China Whampoa Home Made Noodle at Whampoa Makan Place & Market. Apparently this is very popular and you may end up queuing more than half an hour to try the noodle dishes.
Homemade Yu Mee with Prawn Soup 4/5
For the soup version, we ordered the Homemade Yu Mee with Prawn Soup ($4/$5) and Homemade Mee Hoon Kueh with Prawn Soup ($4/$5). The texture of the homemade noodles is cooked to an enjoyable texture that still retains a bite to it. For the soup, it is the clear type with a very sweet note. It is understand that their soup is made from ikan bilis and soya beans only, without pork bones.
Homemade Mee Hoon Kueh with Prawn Soup 4/5
Unique here is the used of mani cai or sweet leaf, giving the soup the additional boost in sweetness. You can also find marinated minced pork balls, that is tender and flavourful. Unlike some ban mian stalls, the bowl of noodle does not come with egg.
Homemade Ban Mian Dry 4.2/5
The Dry Ban Mian ($4/$5) stood out more than the soup version for me. Give the handmade noodle a good toss in the dark soy sauce and chilli sauce, coating each strand of the noodle. While the soup version is more about the character of the soup, the dry version with its delectable sauces, showcases the texture of the noodle more.
Overall China WHampoa Home Made Noodle dishes out a good bowl of ban mian but it is not my favourite. I prefer those soup based that is richer and more robust with the strong ikan bilis flavour in it and I want my egg.
China Whampoa Home Made Noodle
Whampoa Makan Place
Blk 91 Whampoa Drive
Tel: +65 96256692
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line), Novena (NS Line), Toa Payoh (NS Line)
Tue-Sun: 7am - 2pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk to bus stop at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Stop ID 07211). Take bus 130. Alight 5 stops later. Cross the road. Walk down Balestier road towards Whampoa Drive. Turn left onto Whampoa Drive. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit B. Cross the road and walk to bus stop opposite Novena Church (Stop ID 50031). Take bus 21 or 131. Alight 6 stops later. Walk down Balestier road towards Whampoa Drive. Turn left onto Whampoa Drive. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (Stop ID 52009). Take bus 145. Alight 6 stops later. alk down Balestier road towards Whampoa Drive. Turn left onto Whampoa Drive. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]