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拉面 La Mian World

the quest for the perfect noodle

Some five years ago Food Republic was one of my first experiences of the indoor shopping center version of Singapore’s hawker centers. I always liked the one in Wisma Atria for being joyfully bright. With actual windows for natural light, on the top floor of this mall, it is a nice contrast to many other food courts located somewhere in basement one or below.

As a fan of handmade noodles my natural pick here is a stall called Formosa Delight, which is located next to the window facing the Ion Orchard building. Formosa Delight’s signature dish is Dao Xiao Mian with different choices of meat either in a rich soup or wok-fried.

Dao Xiao Mian unlike La Mian are not pulled but cut, shaved or sliced depending on how you want to look at it. Fact is, that the chef takes a huge loaf of noodle dough in one hand and shaves off little longish but slightly chunky slices directly into boiling water, with a knife in his other hand. The result is an excellent chewy noodle, which behaves utterly rebellious when eaten with your chopsticks, leaving nice marks all over your shirt.

Formosa Delight, #04-02 Stall 14, Food Republic, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore

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