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拉面 La Mian World

the quest for the perfect noodle

Hungry for undiscovered La Mian spots I was roaming through the massive People’s Park Food Centre in Singapore’s China town. The residential tower of the People’s Park complex is quite a landmark with its distinct bright yellow colour and the green finishing on the top floor.

The number of hawker stalls in the this food centre always amazes me. So does the crowd that frequents them. Here you can see people queuing across the whole floor-width for one particular hawker who is famous for his chicken rice, char kway teow, meat buns or whatever it is.

After I walked the complete centre from stall to stall I figured there is only one option for the La Mian aficionado: Zhong Hua Mian Zuan.

I ordered the You Po Che Mian. Seeing the chef stretching the dough into these extremely broad and nicely chewy noodles was what attracted me to the stall in the first place. Not really paying attention, my bowl was handed over to me and to my disappointment they had replaced the broad band you po noodles with Dao Xiao Mian. Not that I do not like Dao Xiao Mian, which are shaved noodles. But this is not how it is supposed to be! They must have thought the angmo will not realize it anyway. Well, I was already starving at that point in time. The dish was put together in the right way with hot oil poured over the noodles and loads of chili flakes on top. So I dug in and the flavor was fantastic but also fantastically spicy.

By the way: You Po Che Mian 油泼扯面 might also be called Biáng Biáng Mian 彪彪面 and vice versa. This noodle dish is said to have its origin in the province of Shaanxi.

Zhong Hua Mian Zuan, 32 New Market Road, #01-1052 People’s Park Food Centre, Singapore

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