The best ban mian (handmade noodle) in Singapore used to be Qiu Lian Ban Mian. However, over the past few years, with the opening of multiple franchises, its impressive standard seemed to have deteriorated tremendously. Recently, after reading about the ban mian at Changi Airport Terminal 2 Staff Canteen which some bloggers described as the best in Singapore, I decided to go and try it for myself.
Finding the well-concealed Staff Canteen at Terminal 2 was no easy task. It was located at Level 3M and I went into a few wrong lift lobbies and staircase exits before I finally found it.
A bowl of He Jia Huan ban mian costs $3 for public and $2.20 for staff. Topped with generous servings of ikan bilis (fried anchovies), the delicious ban mian comes with a small saucer of chilli sauce. The thick and savory gravy complements the smooth noodles very well. The highlight of the ban mian is the exceptionally spicy chilli sauce made with fresh chilli padi that burns incessantly in the mouth.
I couldn't help noticing the similarities between He Jia Huan and Qiu Lian Ban Mian eg the texture of the noodles, the taste of the soup and the quality of the chilli sauce. Overall I didn't feel that He Jia Huan ban mian is the best in Singapore but it is certainly delicious and definitely worth a try. Happy searching for Terminal 2 Staff Canteen.
He Jia Huan Ban Mian
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Staff Canteen