Face to Face Noodle House, home of the original Sarawak noodles, has finally arrived in Singapore! Hailing from Malaysia with 105 years of history and 30 stores, this outlet at City Square Mall is the first store out of Malaysia and the flagship one in Singapore. Did you know that they serve more than two million bowls a year? It is no wonder, seeing that it was fully occupied at 3.30pm, when we got a seat.
If you had patronised the outlets in Malaysia, you would notice that the Face to Face Noodle House outlet here sports a new look, which is more modern. However, you can expect to taste the same authentic flavours of the noodles, this time around with a larger portion and more toppings.
The noodles are handmade daily without any preservatives. In addition to the signature Sarawak Noodles and Pan Mee, the outlet in Singapore has created two new noodles to suit the Singaporean taste buds–Curry Chicken Pan Mee and Genki Herbal Chicken Soup Pan Mee.
We started off with some snacks, from top left clockwise, Chef’s Special Fried Wanton ($4), Fried Taufu Wings ($4.50) and Bacon Cheese Balls ($5.50). My favourite among the three is of course the wings! They are marinated, deep fried and finger licking good! I recommend you skip the fried wantons if you are intending to order a bowl of noodles that come with it.
Genki Herbal Chicken Soup ($12.90). Homemade noodles in traditional herbal soup, served with chicken, enoki mushrooms and herbs. This noodles is special to Singapore and has limited servings a day.
Black Pepper Pork Chop Pan Mee ($12.90). Handmade moodles served with juicy pork chops in savoury black pepper sauce and alfafa sprouts. I am not fan of this as there was nothing really exceptional about it. You are better off trying their signature dishes.
The second of the Singapore’s creations, Curry Chicken Pan Mee ($11.90). Homemade noodles in curry, served with chicken, mini potatoes, bean sprouts, beancurd sheets and tofu puffs. Similar to the herbal chicken noodles, this one will be sold till it sells out. The curry base is Indian, spicy and rich, and I predict that this is going to be a hot seller!
Traditional Sarawak Noodles ($8.90). Springy homemade noodles served with minced pork, char siew, fried wanton and marinated spring onions. I wished that there were more than four slices of the char siew, which is quite measly compared to the generous amount of noodles.
The best for last! Hot & Spicy Pan Mee ($8.90). Homemade noodles served with minced pork, crispy anchovies, onsen egg, and special house dry chilli. One word to summarise this dish, “shiok!” Perfectly cooked soft boiled egg, with the added crunchiness of the anchovies, savoury flavour of the pork and explosive chilli, and you have one delicious dish!
Unfortunately, the Hakka Yong Tau Foo was sold out for the day. It is served in potions of five (fish and pork fillings in chilli, ladyfinger, tofu, brinjal and bittergourd) in a Five Treasures Set for $7.50. A single yong tau foo costs $1.80.
Three Musketeers ($4) and Caramel Three Layer Tea ($4.50). The former was very refreshing and I welcomed it after being in the sweltering heat all morning. The caramel tea, on the other tea, was a good after meal drink.
Face To Face Noodle House
180 Kitchener Road #02-23/24,
City Square Mall,
Tel: 6509 0182
Opens daily from 1100-2300hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park Station (North East Line)