Boat Noodles at Bugis Junction

Boat Noodles
#02-46 Bugis Junction
200 Victoria St
Singapore 188021
Remarks: Cash and credit cards accepted!

Opening Hours
Daily: 1130am to 9pm
Tel: +65 6665 0246

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: S$7 lol but it wasn’t a full meal
Recommended dishes: So far, the creamy tom yum and the pathumthani boat noodles at S$1.50 per bowl

Hey guys! Gosh I know I’ve been totally MIA (except on IG stories haha addicted to IG ngl). Ramadan and Raya were both really all-consuming, like I managed to have a pretty good “Reset Ramadan” where I was a lot better with the 5-times-a-day praying and recited the Quran daily (who am I?!) TBH I wasn’t really expecting to have such a spiritual Ramadan this year, so alhamdulillah for His grace. And of course Raya was all about visiting, hosting and nonstop eating?!?! Gosh. I hope you guys had a good Syawal. I’m pretty happy it’s coming to an end though I need my weekends back haha nervous laughter.

Apart from that, in the secular world I’ve been bingeing on quite a lot of good tv series – I swear (and I’ve been saying this for the past few years) we are living in the golden age of television. Let’s see – Fleabag on Amazon Prime (but I just streamed it lol soz) is SOOOOOO good please just go watch, and Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us is so gut-wrenching and powerful and moving. Also started on Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Sometimes I feel like I should just be like Jason Kottke and do a post on my media diet since I love sharing about it so much lol.

Aaaanyway. On to food. Today I was out with a friend and she was going to get lunch whereas I already had food waiting at home for me (salmon steamed with ginger, scallion and garlic my gosh. Lush.) But she suggested Boat Noodles at Bugis Junction and I’d always wanted to try (tbh no idea what boat noodles were all about so I read the wiki entry on Boat Noodles)

Boat noodles have been served since the period of Plaek Phibunsongkhram in 1942, and were originally served from boats that traversed Bangkok’s canals.[1][2]

In the past, a merchant who sold boat noodles would have been the only person working on a small boat, and would have had to do everything by himself from paddle a boat, scald the noodles, season the soup, serve the dish, handle money and wash the dishes. If the bowl was too big, it would be difficult to hand over to the customer on the land and might be easily spilled. This is the reason why the boat noodle’s bowl is small, for the convenience and safety of the merchant.

Nowadays the dish is also served in restaurants, but the dish’s historical identity is maintained by it still being served in a small bowl, and often with a boat moored in front of the place.

Pretty cool, and gosh it’s traditionally super porky so thank god for halal versions. Here’s a look at the exterior and interior of the place:

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Looking up at the level 2 establishment from level one of Bugis Village!
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Right at the entrance of the place, and super reassuring lol
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There are two seating sections – I was in the back area which felt a lot more private and quiet, this view is of the main area 🙂

So here is the menu:

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As a snacky person, I LOVE this menu. so many small things to choose from! Also, halal kuey chap 😩 curious to try next time
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Oh they also have a short history of them small bowls on the menu!
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Order chit, nbd

The boat noodles come in these small bowls that technically could be finished in anywhere between 1-3 mouthfuls, so they were perfectly customizable and “stackable” to suit the needs of both a mere snacker and someone looking for a full meal. I ordered two bowls at S$1.50 each, as I still needed to eat at home with the fam.

I went for the Pathumthani Beef Noodles (S$1.50) with rice noodles (you can also choose springy noodles, which I assume are like Maggi noodles), and the Creamy Tom Yum Chicken Noodles (S$1.50):

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Creamy tom yum noodles with chicken on top, Pathumthani noodles with beef below, S$1.50 each. Both were really good, but I def preferred the creamy tom yum broth!!

The pathumthani broth was really rich and slightly sweet. My friend loved it and in fact preferred it to the creamy tom yum broth. I was the opposite – I liked the pathumthani broth enough, but found the creamy tom yum broth absolutely delicious. It didn’t taste like instant noodle broth, which was surprising. I thought at these prices they’d surely taste like Mama noodle broth lol not that that’s a bad thing. Both the chicken and meat balls were decent enough, and a welcome addition to a $1.50 bowl. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to stack like 10 bowls if you’re a big guy looking to sate your ravenous appetite (maybe?!! Actually 10 bowls is still only S$15) but for those looking for variety I think it’s a pretty good deal.

My friend ordered a Pad Thai (S$8.90) which smelled pretty amazing but I didn’t try as I was really saving my appetite for lunch at home. Here’s how it looked like:

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Pad Thai – S$8.90 (I didn’t try it tho!)

So all in all it was a pretty casual comfortable place to eat. GST and service charge are applicable, but you still get table service which was pretty decent, smiley and fast. You submit your order chit to the waiter, and you pay at the counter after. I would deffff come back here for a full meal next time, especially since it’s in a pretty convenient location at Bugis Junction! There’s also the original outlet at Changi City Point, but as a Westie I’m pretty confident I might not make it all the way there anytime soon lol. Also they only serve bottled mineral water at S$1.90 so just bring your own water bottle if you hate paying for water (like me).

Boat Noodles
#02-46 Bugis Junction
200 Victoria St
Singapore 188021
Remarks: Cash and credit cards accepted!

Opening Hours
Daily: 1130am to 9pm
Tel: +65 6665 0246

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: S$7 lol but it wasn’t a full meal
Recommended dishes: So far, the creamy tom yum and the pathumthani boat noodles at S$1.50 per bowl

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