Bet you guys have heard about the craze of the dry Ban Mian called Kin Kin Pan Mee situated at Macpherson, the long queue of 2 hours , the line forming even before the shop is opened for business and that spicy dry chili paste that is served as a side condiment.
What If I tell you that you don’t need to wait for a bowl of dry ban mian and where you can get a delectable bowl some where in the heart of the city within MRT reach. I present to you Hao Jia Ban Mian.
As an avid fan of Ban Mian I would order Ban Mian from all over Singapore every chance I get, Girl prefers soup base while I prefer the dry. So far when it comes to Ban Mian only Qiu Lian come’s to mind.
What we usually look for in Ban Mian has to be
- The noodle texture which has to be QQ aka springy and al dente to the bite.
- Soup base has to be rich in flavor
- Chili sauce to accompany the noodle and lastly
- The after effect of MSG (if my lips sting, SORRY no 2nd visits ever)
I chance upon this place before heading of for a event and what attracted my eye to that big poster being displayed in that particular food court was this
Ok , I don’t know why is it called DRIED STIR CHILI NOODLE but that 3 chili above that word sure made me sit up and take notice, well not that I am sitting down. As a sucker for anything spicy I am up for it, anyway this picture made me think of Kin Kin Pan Mee cause of the dry chili flakes but will the picture be any good to the real thing dished up at the counter ?
Having just eaten Kin Kin last week, the taste of the noodle still lingers on my head and to the tip of my tongue, the time was 8pm into the night and lucky me there was no queue or whatsoever when I placed my order for one DRIED STIR CHILLI NOODLE (ok I want to know why is it called DRIED STIR CHILLI NOODLE??)
Everything came as it was in the poster , but for this bowl of noodle you don’t get to “FreeFlow” on the chili flakes. It will be prepared by the chef and given to you as it is which I think it is a good thing.
Looking at the bowl served before me I wondered can it really be that good ? didn’t stir the noodle just yet but tried out the red spicy looking chili flakes, took on bit and tasted it.. to me the first ingredient that come’s to mind has to be GARLIC then comes chili next, but this chili combo is really something, its fragrant yet flavorful whilst not being overly spicy.
Mixing the bowl up with the generous amount of stewed mushroom got my saliva trickling down my mouth as you can smell the chili , mushroom and noodle all coming to become a very gorgeous dish.
First taste of this noodle got me thinking of ordering the NEXT BOWL , no kidding yes I was that greedy, but judging from the portion size this bowl is reasonably big and could fill one stomach easily. With every bite you are surely to munch into the very tasty mushroom and if you mix it well, it will very well blend with that awesome garlicky
chili flakes, paste, er.. chili stir ?
Sorry no more after photo cause I really wolf down the noodle within 10mins and yes it is that good. Say good bye to waiting in line at Kin Kin Pan Mee as I rate this No.1 on my Dry Ban Mian stall , for a generous serving of noodle this only cost $4.80 a bowl
One thing that would have made the dish truly unbeatable is adding the egg, but hey maybe they are original after all.
You can get this delicious bowl of Dried Stir Chili noodle at
Funan DigitaLife Mall Food Junction Level 5
Hao Jia Ban Mian Unit: #06
Walk: 5 mins from City Hall MRT
SBS – 2, 12, 32, 51, 63, 80, 124, 142, 145, 166, 174, 174E, 197
SMRT – 61, 190, 851
North Bridge Road:
SBS – 32, 51, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 195, 197
SMRT – 61, 851, 961
I am already thinking of when will I be eating my next bowl there again, If you have any other Ban Mian stall that you think is worthy of trying do let me know and I would most gladly be there to try it out.
McDonald’s started this “Spicy Challenge” where it’s says How Hot Can You Go, about last week ago, they blasted their ads everywhere promoting the burgers and it looked like this. It will feature 4 level of spiciness where the highest is a unannounced burger. (I hope they put in Ghost Chili or the Naga Viper, well at least flakes will do , but for now it will just be level 3)
If you guys are reading this in America, sorry guys, I believe this is only in Asia .. cause you guys can’t take the HEAT ! LOL
The first burger is Sizzling Citrus and I dont think it’s any more sizzling than sipping a Pina Colada under the hot sun as that is the only spicy effect you get, Level 2 burger is the McSpicy and it has been on the menu for quite some time now, I am trying out the Flaming Green Curry today.
I do not advocate eating McDonald’s but it is ok if they have funky challenges like this, cause I always say BRING IT ON!! I am a heat freak.. I love the burning sensation and sweat dripping down my temple, not only that I once
eaten drank a whole bottle of Tabasco on one sitting. That got me a Swollen Lips bigger than …
Well you get the point.. been thinking about the latest burger since last week after they introduced it, I had time after my lunch and I went out to get it just for kicks to see how spicy it is. If you are curious to know how spicy this level 3 burger is for me read on
Here I have the box and it say’s “FLAMING GREEN CURRY”
On the side of the box it says, This Thai Thiller… is packed with juicy, hot action – succulent green curry whole muscle chicken, spicy lemongrass and coconut sauce, crunchy whole leaf lettuce and a split corndust bun to top. Question is, can you take the heat?
I am like WOAH .. u guys really bringing it on…
Opening the box you will discover that the burger looks like ….
Well, Kudos McDonalds, the burger does look like how it was advertised.. until…
Well after splitting the bun and seeing whats inside it is utterly disappointing because the so called Lemongrass Coconut Spicy sauce must be really expensive or hard to come by, I was smeared on with such sad amount that I think McDonald is making employee count the gram of sauce going into the burger, Anyway can’t wait to sink my teeth into this baby
First BITE !! NOM NOM NOM … ARGH !! … BURNS … SPICE … KILLING ME …. WATER… MILK … ANYTHING … (ok that was just in my head)
The actual thing was … nom nom nom .. first bite taste salty from the chicken fillet, a bit of spice kicking in (wee bit)
Second bite, Nom Nom Nom .. same heat nothing fantastic..
Third bite, Nom Nom Nom.. all gone.. remember the box where is says “Can you take the heat?”
What HEAT !?
well at least the saving grace was the promise of a crunchy lettuce and boy wish they could give me more of those, the chicken fillet was tasty and juicy and boy the bun is soft and fluff. So there you go.. If you like a bit of sting on your burger go try this out.
Can’t wait for McDonald’s to come out with their level 4 Burger.. hope it’s not a wash down.. NOW MY TURN TO CHALLENGE YOU !!