Turn the heat up with these four spicy noodle dishes from hawker stalls.
When it comes to noodles, some like it hot. Very, very hot. Come along as we journey far and wide to hunt down the spiciest hawker noodles our food centres and coffee shops have to offer. They are sure to leave flames in your mouth and a satisfying burn on your lips.
Kin Kin Pan Mee
People start streaming into line at Kin Kin Pan Mee before 12pm so come early to avoid the long queue. The highlight is their traditional KL pan mee (dry/soup $5), served without any chilli. You need to look for a tub of ‘black gold’ or homemade roasted chilli flakes on your table. We recommend ordering the dry noodles to get the full flavour of the chilli flakes. Each bowl comes with their signature flat noodles, a smooth poached egg, meatballs, minced meat and a heaping serving of ikan bilis. 534 MacPherson Road. Tel: 6743 1372
Heat rating: 3/5
Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle (唯一辣沙)
Located at the bustling Tanglin Halt Market, Wei Yi stands out with its selection of six laksa bowls, priced between $3 and $7. The laksa is sweet from the coconut milk but the spicy broth and special chilli paste leave a lingering fiery burn at the back of your throat. Kudos to the mix of ingredients: you get a generous amount of fresh prawns, cockles, boiled chicken and fried tau pok, all soaked in the extremely fragrant spicy soup. Tanglin Halt Market, 48A Tanglin Halt Road. Tel: 9782 1012
Heat rating: 3/5
Top 1 Handmade Noodles
If you are familiar with Top 1 Handmade Noodles, you’ll know their infamous mala mee ($3.50) comes with two choices of noodles, you mian or ban mian. Spice heads have been heading here since 1989. The soup is slightly on the thicker side with a peppery hit of homemade chilli sauce on the first mouthful. We liked the generous helping of noodles alongside meatballs, minced meat as well as pan-fried ikan billis which gives a good crunchy factor. #04-44 Beauty World Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 8448 8450
Heat rating: 3.5/5
You Ma You La Mala Stir-fry Pot (又麻又辣麻辣香锅)
Devoted mala stir-fry pot fans will be delighted to discover You Ma You La in Ang Mo Kio, which opens daily till 11pm. There is a wide variety of ingredients to choose from and prices are relatively low compared to Ri Ri Xiang Guo in Chinatown. We opted for cabbage, beancurd, beancurd skin, Korean rice cakes, two types of noodles, chicken meat, pork meat, two types of mushrooms, pigs’ intestines and eggplant for $13.90 (enough for two to share). The name—which means ‘numb and spicy’—is spot on. The first bite gives you a small kick but then the heat starts building up at the back of your throat. Further along, the intensity builds up to the point when your tongue feels numb. S-11 Food House, 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.
Heat rating: 4.5/5