Qiu Lian Ban Mee is named after Madam Ong Qiu Lian, the simple housewife who came up with the delicious soup recipe and chilli sauce formula that has wowed Singaporeans ever since. Many of us grew up with Qiu Lian Ban Mee and we never grew tired of it.
Qiu Lian Ban Mee has opened a new standalone outlet at Shaw Tower, so I went to try it out.
This is the original signature Ban Mian [$4.50]. The handmade thick board egg noodles are accompanied by minced pork, vegetables, egg, Ikan Bilis (fried anchovies) and fried shallots. The best part of this noodle dish is the broth. Made by anchovies, onions, ginger, garlic and bean paste for many hours, the flavorful broth is the essence of the dish.
Besides the original Ban Mee, Qiu Lian Ban Mee also offers other noodle dishes such as Big Prawn U-Mian [$5.80] , Tom Yam Mee Hoon Kuey [$5.20], Fish Fillet Ban Mee [$5.50],Dumpling Noodle [$5.90], Dumpling Soup [$5.50] and Meatball Meat Ban Mian [$5.50]. Braised Meat Ban Mee is not commonly seen at other ban main stalls and the braised meats look really good, so I decided to give it a try. Braised Meat Ban Mee [$5.80] is a fusion dish between Hakka ban mee and Taiwan braised meat. Thin springy noodles are served dry with thick sauce and a sweet and sour chilli sauce, topped with chunky pieces of braised meat and Ikan Bilis (fried anchovies). I love the braised meat that is tender yet has a good bite to it, but the dish is a little too sweet for my liking.
If you are more of a rice person, Qiu Lian Ban Mee also offers Lemon Chicken Cutlet Rice, Steamed Chicken Rice, Pork Chop Curry Rice and Braised Meat Rice.
Qiu Lian Ban Mee (Shaw Tower)
Address: 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #01-38/39/40, Singapore 189702
Opening Hours: Daily 8 am – 9 pm