Mian Zhuang at Hong Lim Food Centre
Hong Lim Food Centre is a treasure trove of hawker food stalls, a favourite lunchtime haunt amongst office folk in the CBD. Mian Zhuang is a relatively new player to the multi-level hawker centre, run by a young couple serving ban mian made with a heritage family recipe.
Jonathan and Vanessa, the young couple behind the stall, gave up their corporate jobs to start the business a year ago, just before the COVID pandemic hit. I curiously asked why they had picked this rather obscure unit in Hong Lim Food Centre, and was told they had put in multiple failed bids at better locations prior to finally accepting this one.
Ban mian is in the blood for Jonathan, whose extended family has long been in the handmade noodles business, with stalls across the island. Besides the QQ noodles and the soup, which are all made on the premises daily, the pork balls and their speciality chilli are also made in-house.
Food at Mian Zhuang
We went with the three handmade noodle variants: ban mian, you mian, and mee hoon kueh. To try everything on the menu, we also opted for each matched with a different base and various different ingredients. If you prefer, there’s also the option to mix and match seafood toppings to fully customise your bowl.
First up, the stall’s signature Abalone Handmade Noodle Soup ($13) came generously topped with a selection of fresh and canned seafood, as well as their homemade meatballs, and spinach.
It’s definitely indulgent to have abalone in your ban mian. There was also fish maw, and I especially appreciated how the fresh prawns are