L32 Handmade Noodles
558 Geylang Rd (Map) 11.30am – 9pm
There's always a wait time in this packed coffeeshop crammed with patient customers awaiting their orders. The huge pots of the all-important stock is simmering all day long and the ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and pork bone stock is evident with each slurp. The noodles are soft and smooth and absorb the broth well. The toppings are varied, from prawns, chicken, minced pork balls, clams to fish slices. You choose what you want or take them all! They also top the dry chilli version (not overly spicy) with an oozy onsen egg and they serve the ingredients separately in an egg drop soup. Just toss the noodles, mess it up and slurp it in. They don't mass produce in the kitchen, just one pot for each order to maintain consistency, hence the excruciating wait of up to 30 minutes at peak hours. We love the limey and garlicky chilli sauce provided; just dip the toppings in and enjoy the tangy spicy lift it lends to the whole sensation.
Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle
810 Geylang Rd #05-02, City Plaza (Map) 10am – 7.30pm Daily
Their stock is made with the usual pork bone and dried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) but they add a layer of herbal sweetness with wolfberries, among other spices added. The noodles have a softly al dente touch and give a nice resilient texture. The toppings, like their erstwhile compeitiors’, are varied, like meatball, prawns, fish maw, abalone and fish slices. The interesting note is how they layer the dry version with a thick sweet-savoury soy sauce blend together with the sambal. It calms the spiciness and is great for folks who like it spicy, yet not!
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