信记牛肉面 Xin Ji Beef Noodle – Hougang, Singapore


Alright this was something I promised to review yesterday. Chanced upon this stall cos I was there for brekkie and picked mum up. A little rare to find Beef Noodle specialty stalls in neighbourhood coffee shops. Managed to speak to the boss cos I was the first customer and he mentioned that his soup base is using only pure beef and bones. True enough he scooped up and showed me. And it tasted like it too cos usually with MSG or the flavoured powder, I’ll get thirsty after half an hour. A hidden gem indeed.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Soup was really nice but not overly rich which usually is caused by adding those pre-mixes. The tendons were to die for! So soft and tender! Beef brisket could use a little more time as I prefer mine to be more tender. Tripe was shioks along with other items. Chilli wise they had chinchalok which I thought was pretty detailed. Thumbs up for the effort!

Portion: Pretty ok.

Price: $8. Not cheap but all clean foods are not cheap anyways haha!

Service: Self-service.

Ambience: Renovated coffee shop.

RTE: Yes I would return to eat!

Location: 309 Hougang Avenue 5 Goh Lim Hua Eating House

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Easy. Chatuchak Beef Noodles – MacPherson, Singapore


Opened not too long ago by young hawkerpreneurs, this Thai style beef noodles is really pretty close to what I ate in Thailand. Got the lead from one of my riders working in Wawa Pictures and so here I am.

Located away from the main road, this little stall is tucked away from sight and you’ll have to find the coffeeshop that is within some neighbourhoods. Check it out.

I put about half of the little saucer… damn spicy but shioks!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: The broth is da bomb!!! Rich and beefy! A little sweet like Thai style but I reckon the Thais would love it sweeter! Glass noodles are nicer and chewy, the way I like it! Beef Shank and beef slices could be a little more tender but the satisfaction from the broth and noodles are enough to hide that part. The chilli oil is really damn spicy! Really awesome!

Portion: Above average. Noodles quite good portion or is it cos I dieting?

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Coffeeshop 

Price: $6 + $1.50 (extra shank)

RTE: Yes! The roast meats stall beside is also damn good!

Location: 18B Circuit Rd, Singapore 372018

Traditional Hainan Beef Noodle (传统海南牛肉粉)


Few weeks ago I was on my usual Tuesday food trail when I decided to visit the very old North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre. I was there ages ago so I decided to check them out again.  

I really took my time to scrutinize on what to eat cos I knew I need to plan my indulgence as I would be eating at a few places. Then I found this interestingly wrong spelling signage stall which I though could be the hidden gem I was looking for. I placed my order of the bigger portion with extra ingredients (greedy me!) and the food came shortly after. 

 

Wrongly spelt ‘Tranditional” signage. Could be on purpose! Who knows?! ;P
  
My beef kway teow arrived. looks just too awesome lah!
  
Now let me introduce the ingredients inside. This is fresh sliced beef.
  
Beef brisket. Very tender.
  
Beef tendon. omg this gel-like tendon is just heavenly.!
  
Beef tribe. Love this a lot!
   
Beef Balls may be factory mass produced type but theirs are added with minced fried flat fish
   
Respect to the hawkers, finish your food and lick the plates/bowls clean! (Joking about the licking part…)
 

Rating: 5/5. 

Taste: Nice beefy thick sauce with hints of Chinese herbs used but yet not too overwhelming. Condiments used are pretty authentic. Salted veg, grounded peanuts suggest that they have been around for some time. I was told by Aunty they used to be from Blanco Court… That building must have been torn down some 20 years ago. 

Portion: My $6.00 portioning is quite ok. I didn’t ask for extra Kway Teow to be added. 

Service: Self-service.

Ambience: Hawker center.

Price: $6.00. Normal bowl size starts from $4.00.

RTE: Yes definitely!

Location: 861 North Bridge Road Food Market #01-93. Mon-Sat: 11.30am-6.30pm, 10pm-3.30am. Closed on Sundays. Tel: 90544476

Food Republic (Citygate Outlets) – Tung Chung, Hong Kong


Ok I know Food Republic is a little too mainstream and who doesn’t know Food Republic right? But the fact remains that Singaporeans do go for Singaporean food which they greatly miss when they are base overseas like me! 🙂 However, each Food Republic differs in the array of stalls and that is why this post. 🙂

The below food sampling are over a 3-day period with friends, hence this collage of so much food. Most of them were good and some really con job. Check it out:

Part of the huge Food Republic
Part of the huge Food Republic
Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice - This apparently is the signature stall and is available in every Food Republic
Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice – This apparently is the signature stall and is available in every Food Republic
Veg from Chicken rice stall
Veg from Chicken rice stall
Tofu from the Chicken Rice stall
Tofu from the Chicken Rice stall
Wonton soup from the chicken rice stall
Wonton soup from the chicken rice stall
Chicken rice meal wiped out!
Chicken rice meal wiped out!
The Taiwanese stall
The Taiwanese stall
Pan-fried dumplings from the Taiwanese Stall, quite awesome!
Pan-fried dumplings from the Taiwanese Stall, quite awesome!
Some sour soup form the Taiwanese stall... Not very nice...
Some sour soup form the Taiwanese stall… Not very nice…
Wontons from the Taiwanese stall... not bad
Wontons from the Taiwanese stall… not bad
The Korean stall
The Korean stall
Korean Beef Noodles... Really con job, just add a few slices of beef, veg and egg with nongshim instant noodles, charged me HK$48 (S$8!) per bowl!
Korean Beef Noodles… Really con job, just add a few slices of beef, veg and egg with nongshim instant noodles, charged me HK$48 (S$8!) per bowl! The soup is exactly what I cook at home with the seasoning pack from the pack of nongshim korean noodles!
Soy bean curd with brown sugar
Soy bean curd with brown sugar
Soy bean curd with black sesame paste... Love this a lot!
Soy bean curd with black sesame paste… Love this a lot!
Unusually big spoon for the soy bean curd...
Unusually big spoon for the soy bean curd…
Coffee from the drinks stall... this coffee although from an auto-dispensing machine, is actually pretty nice. :)
Coffee from the drinks stall… this coffee although from an auto-dispensing machine, is actually pretty nice. 🙂

Rating: 4/5. There are many other HK and Macau cuisines that we didn’t try. Maybe you can try them and let me know here! 🙂

Taste: In general not bad and much cheaper than those Cha Chan Ting and restaurants. This is where most HKers living around that area ssettle their meals.

Portion: Average.

Service: Average service. However I spotted the cleaning lady using her broom to sweep whatever’s on the table to the floor so she can sweep it up… Quite a shocker actually!

Ambience: Nice well decorated with super high ceiling. Love the powerful air-condition there!

Price: Affordable… Except for the con job Korean beef noodles!

RTE: Yes! At least I will still go for the soy bean curd and coffee!

Location: Level 2 of Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Hong Kong.

牛轧堂 (Beef Noodles) – Taipei, Taiwan


Went to Kunming Street as I was recommended the best beef noodles at 牛店 which is just across from this shop that I’m writing about but they do not open in the afternoon after 2.30pm and reopens only at 5.30pm. I guess their business must be damn good cos they were busy preparing for that night’s business. Hence no choice, I crossed the street and spotted another beef noodles shop. The deco looks neat and decent and the boss of the place warmly welcomed us to take a seat upstairs after we placed our orders.

Shop front
Shop front… Good thing is, they don’t have too many things on the menu to confuse the customers.
天香牛肉面
天香牛肉面 Heavy broth beef noodles
清炖牛肉面
清炖牛肉面 Light broth beef noodles
大豆干和卤蛋 Braised beancurd and eggs
大豆干和卤蛋 Braised beancurd and eggs
Bill... Pretty good prices
Bill… Pretty good prices

Video of the tenderness of the beef can be seen here – http://youtu.be/f7lVJvAM7Dw

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Pretty good I must say. Specially made broth from gouqizi, vegetables and chicken, boiled for hours. Beef slices were tender and melts in your mouth. Noodles are also specially made for the shop. The side dishes of beancurd and eggs are nice too!

Portion: Average

Price: TWD140 per bowl. A lot cheaper than the popular ones which starts from TWD180 onwards…

RTE: Maybe if I’m around the area but then again, there are so many food places in Taipei… and only 1 stomach… ;P

Location: No. 134-2 Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City 108. Tel: (02)2331-0397. Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs.