Many local noodle dishes in Singapore are referred to as ‘mee’. One of the most popular is mee goreng, which means ‘fried noodles’. There are several varieties of mee goreng (Malay style, Indian style and Chinese style) but they all use thick yellow egg noodles stir-fried with vegetables, meat, tofu, seafood or eggs. In Malay-Indian food outlets, the same seasoning can be used for thinner rice vermicelli noodles to make mee hoon goreng or bee hoon goreng.
Chinese-style bee hoon is also usually stir-fried and is less spicy that the Malay-Indian variety. Another type of Chinese noodle is lamian, which are handmade by folding stretched dough into strands of various thickness. Lamian is usually served with a soup base, with dumplings, meat, seafood or vegetables added – and a spicy chilli sauce for those who can stand the heat!
Then there’s the ultimate comfort food: wanton noodle soup, which consists of chewy yellow egg noodles in a broth and topped with steamed wantons. This dish also comes in a 'dry' version which is preferred by many who prefer having their soup in a separate bowl. You are free to add the soup to your noodles or slurp it as you please.
Noodles are also popularly added to a dish known as yong tau foo. Choose from a combination of meat, vegetables, tofu, seafood and fish which are steamed and served either dry or in a soup or curry base, to which your choice of noodles can be added. Yong tau foo, especially when made with lots of veggies, is a great healthy or vegetarian option and most food courts in Singapore offer stalls serving it.
Great Thai food can be found in abundance in Singapore and phad Thai is a perennial favourite. The dish consists of flat rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, tofu, fish sauce and spices, while leaving the choice between the chicken, seafood, pork or vegetarian versions up to you.
Traditionally, phad Thai is also served with crushed peanuts, chilli flakes and a lime wedge, which are meant to be tossed into the noodles before you start eating and mixed to perfection. For Thai food that's both wallet-friendly and authentic, make your way to Singapore's Little Thailand: the Golden Mile Complex. Looking for something higher-end and with a twist? Give Long Chim a go for the finest, tantalising renditions of Thai street food.
Other Asian noodle dishes you can try in Singapore are the Vietnamese pho (pronounced ‘fuh’), which consists of flat rice noodles in a broth and traditionally served with chicken or beef and an assortment of herbs, lemon and fresh chilli. Light and fragrant, pho is a great choice of meal if you're counting your calories. It’s also worth checking out the variety of Japanese noodles – from udon and soba to ramen - that you’ll find all over Singapore.
One of the best things about noodles in Asian cuisine is that they’re often served as part of breakfast, so feel free to start your noodle exploration from the very beginning of the day! If these dishes are right up your alley, we suggest checking out our guide to Chinese cuisine as well.