Mee Hoon Kway (面粉粿) or Banmian (板麵) is a popular noodle dish in Singapore. You can almost get them from any of our local coffeeshops and food courts. The dish is made up of handmade noodles served in simple light broth, usually with some vegetables, minced meat and topped with a half-cooked egg.
Most Singaporean Chinese (especially ladies) love a bowl of piping hot Mee hoon kueh or Ban Mian (handmade noodles). There are a few key components to making this dish worth queuing for at our local food court. The most important one has to be the soup base then comes the texture of the noodles, the minced meat in the soup as well as the accompanying chilli dip. Yum yum yum! I’m salivating at the thought of writing this (haha!).
From what I understand, the name Ban Mian came from the Hakka Chinese’ method of cutting the noodles into strands by using a wooden block as a ruler. I’m a Hakka but I never knew about this!
Refer to the ingredient list below and watch our video to see how we made this for easy reference:
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Serves 10 – 12
Mix ingredients together into a dough and rest dough in fridge for 45 minutes to one hour.
1kg plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon cooking oil
Some extra plain flour for dusting
FOR SOUP BASE
Put the ingredients in a pot and bring the water to a boil on high heat. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for one hour.
750g chicken feet (blanched)
300g anchovies also known as ikan bilis
250g soya bean
2 tablespoons white peppercorns
1 thumb size ginger – crushed
FOR MINCED MEAT
Mix everything together and leave the mixture in the fridge – ready to be used in soup.
1kg minced pork
600g fish paste
2 tablespoons of flounder fish powder (you can replace this with ikan bilis powder or chicken powder)
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1.5 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca flour
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
A generous dash of pepper
You can add other ingredients you like to your individual bowl of handmade noodles. Here’s what we added…