Panda Peeks: Face to Face Noodle House 面对面 Singapore
Quality noodles combined with rich flavour and plenty of textures, each bowl at Face to Face is a rewarding treat. The beloved pan mee noodle chain from Malaysia has opened its first outlet in Singapore, emphasising its Chinese heritage and noodle-making experience.
Face to Face at City Square Mall is all about handmade Jook Sing noodles, using a recipe that was handed down from the founder’s great-grandfather. Offering a choice of four dishes for each of the dry and the soup variation, the menu of Face to Face is compact and flavour intense. No matter what dish, one has the choice between thin or flat noodles.
As the noodles are the speciality of the house, they are of course freshly made by hand every single day – and that you can taste. Face to Face uses a very uncommon and rare technique for the noodle-making process, called Jook Sing.
Face to Face Singapore | Quality Pan Mee
The Black Pepper Pork Chop Pan Mee had immediately caught my attention and was even better than it sounded on the menu, as the black pepper sauce alone was already really amazing. Slightly spicy in pepper taste and very rich in flavour, the sauce elevated the entire experience to another level. Mixing the black pepper with the noodles, the flavour becomes the dominant feature of the dish.
The smoky flavour combined really well with the two well-done pork chop pieces that were sitting on top of my thin noodles. The pork chops were cooked well done, but were still very tender. The alfalfa sprouts and little greens on the side gave the meal a balancing freshness as well.
Bowl number two was the House Speciality Pan Mee, which was served with minced pork, crispy anchovies, an onsen egg, and rich broth. All in all it was a very complete dish, offering not only a variety of ingredients, but also a pleasing mixture of textures. The onsen egg was perfectly soft and runny, giving the pan mee an almost creamy sensation. Mixing the crunchy anchovies and the minced pork with the soup, it gave the broth a slight but very pleasantly distinct fish taste.
Face to Face also offers meal combos with a side dish and a drink. We chose a refreshingly cold and very sweet honey lemon drink as well as their signature Chef’s Special Fried Wantan. The combination of crunchy deep fried crust and soft meat filling perfectly combines with the Pan Mee. Other sides include Fried Taucu Wings and Deep Fried Fish Cake.
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Another side dish on the menu at Face to Face is the Hakka Yong Tau Foo, also called the Five Treasures Set. It comes in a set of five pieces, including chilli, ladyfinger, tofu, brinjal and bitter gourd. Each piece was filled with a fine fish and meat paste. Veggies and meat are steamed until soft and then presented in a bamboo basket.
Anyone loving flavour intense dishes will be absolutely satisfied eating pan mee bowls at Face to Face. The quality of their product and the fresh preparation really comes through in every dish.
Face to Face Noodle House 面对面
Address: City Square Mall #02-23/24, Singapore, 208539
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm
Travelling, eating, and drinking his way through life, Peter is continuously hungry for more. Always looking something new and exciting every single day, his day starts before the sunrise and ends longer after the sunset.