You can’t call yourself a true blue Singaporean if you haven’t heard of or tried mee siam. A Malay noodle dish that is commonly eaten for breakfast, this local comfort food classic is enjoyed by folks of all races. For those of you who don’t know what mee siam is, it is simply a dish that typically comprises bee hoon (rice vermicelli), tau pok, a hard-boiled egg that swim in a sweet and tangy sauce.
Here, we have sourced out and listed 8 great places that sell amazing mee siam for all you mee siam lovers out there to try out. And if you haven’t tried this iconic dish at all, stop making excuses for go get yourself a plate of this delicious noodle goodness!
For just S$3, you can get yourself a bowl of Mee Siam that is generously topped with lots of ingredients—rice cakes, a hard-boiled egg, tau pok, tau kwa, spring onions, dried shrimps, fried croutons, ikan bills, chilli, and a lime for a zesty touch. So much value!
Every spoonful of this mee siam is just filled to the brim with different kinds of goodies that mix incredibly well with the soup, which is tangy, savoury and sweet all at once. The noodles are well cooked as well and do not get soggy despite being soaked in the soup for quite some time. For those of you who like your mee siam a bit spicier, you can take it up a notch and add some belachan to your noodles for a little kick.
Redhill Food Centre
85 Redhill Lane, #01-35
Daily: 11am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Redhill
Qi Ji does not serve your typical mee siam dish. Instead of using rice vermicelli like most places do, they use brown rice vermicelli instead, which is a healthier option!
Many people assume that brown rice vermicelli would not taste as nice as good as normal vermicelli, but that’s where they’re wrong. The brown vermicelli was actually pretty springy and less dense, and we felt that it soaked up the gravy better than normal rice vermicelli. The gravy was rich and smooth and went well with the toppings. The mee siam came with the basic tau pok and bean sprouts, as well as a hard-boiled egg and a wedge of lime.
23 Serangoon Central, #03-10
Tel: +65 62838572
Daily: 8.30am – 9.30am
Nearest Station: Serangoon
This place dishes out bowls of mee siam goodness for just S$2, making it one of the cheapest mee siam’s we have come across. For something so cheap, you would think that they would be a bit more stingy with the portions. However, they still served us quite a generous portion of mee siam.
The gravy for this bowl of goodness was on the sweeter side and mixed well with the other ingredients to create a very well-balanced, flavourful broth. The dish was garnished with dried shrimp, taucheo, a hard-boiled egg, spring onions and a lime for some extra tanginess. Also, if you’re planning to make a trip down to try their mee siam, do note that you are early! They open really early and usually sell out by 2pm, so you’ve got to be quick!
Shunfu Mart Food Centre
320 Shunfu Road, #02-29
Daily: 7.30am – 2pm
Nearest Station: Marymount
OLD SCHOOL DELIGHTS
This place is great if you want to go somewhere to relieve your childhood days. Old School Delights is an adorable little cafe that is decorated to look very, well, as the name says it, old school. We love how their menu comes in the form of an exercise book! Sure brings back memories.
One of the most popular dishes here is their mee siam, which is a 30-year old recipe that involves a secret blend of 11 fresh grounded spices, which makes their gravy pack a powerful punch and smells amazing. The dish is topped with half a hard-boiled egg, tau pok, and is garnished with green onions. It also comes with a wedge of lime for some extra zest. the gravy coated all the ingredients and their springy bee hoon noodles well, and the entire dish tasted very nostalgic and comforting.
The Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Avenue, #02-25
Tel: +65 69093507/+65 91088746
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Esplanade
Famous for their mee rebus as well as their mee siam, Shi Xian is one that we definitely cannot afford to leave out. They sell their normal bowls for S$2.50, but if you’re feeling more ravenous than usual you can always top up and extra 50 cents for a larger portion.
The mee siam gravy is made from a homemade stock and is incredibly rich and fragrant. It mixed very well with the bee hoon, which did a good job of soaking up just enough of the gravy, but not too much till the point where it became too soggy. The dish was garnished with sliced hard-boiled eggs and a wedge of lime, nothing very fancy, but these very basic ingredients really helped the flavours of the gravy stand out.
Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre
#01-24, Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
Wed to Sun: 7am – 1230pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio
For just S$2.80, you get a basic but mouthwatering bowl of classic mee siam. The dish is garnished with fried tau pok and a hard-boiled egg,
What makes the mee siam here good is their gravy. The gravy was spicy, tangy, sweet and savoury all at once. We couldn’t stop slurping down the gravy because it was so good! The secret to this gravy is the addition of tau cheo (fermented soya bean), ground peanuts as well as sambal, which help to give the gravy body as well as that amazing taste.
50 Jurong West Street 61, #02-15
Fri to Wed: 7.30am – 8pm
(Closed on Thursdays)
Nearest Station: Pioneer
GRANDMA MEE SIAM
Many Singaporeans say that this is one of the best places to get mee siam, and this has to be true since they’ve been around for almost 38 years! Grandma Mee Siam makes classic, fresh mee siam that will bring you back to your childhood days.
The gravy for the mee siam was a perfect combination of tanginess and sweetness and complemented the rest of the components of the dish very well. The dish comes with a boiled egg, tau pok, and is garnished with spring onions. For an added fiery kick, you can always add a touch of sambal, but we like it the way it is because when it comes to mee siam made by grandma, the beauty lies in the pure flavour of the gravy.
665 Buffalo Road, #01-311
Daily: 8am – 3pm
Nearest Station: Little India
Killiney Kopitiam is a well-known chain outlet in Singapore that sells traditional Singapore breakfast food at very affordable prices.
The mee siam here is simple yet flavourful. The broth was tangy and sweet, with just the right amount of spiciness to it. The mee siam was topped with the usual ingredients such as spring onions, a hard-boiled egg, tau pok, and a wedge of lime. We usually like our mee siam spicy so we always make it a point to dollop in some of their homemade sambal chilli.
67 Killiney Road
Tel: +65 67343910
Daily: 6am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut