Thursday, March 08, 2007

Hock Lam Beef Noodles

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I'm in such a mad rush to clear all my drafts before I post my Perth pics which unfortunately couldn't be posted because the dumb system in camp doesn't allow me to upload pics.

Oookay. I think I'm ranting more than usual nowadays. Haha, maybe I'm going bonkers. Or maybe I WAS already nuts... to start with. Nooooo don't leave me my dear readers! Hehe.

Oh yeah yesterday I ate like the most AWESOME (shizz Sam stop using the word awesome!). The most [add in your preferred spectacular word here] thosai ever. But unfortunately I forgotten to bring my phone so I couldn't take pictures. Ah ha! Gotcha on a teaser.

Which brings me to this post on Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeef noooooodles!

I love beef noodles. Totally dig em. When people were eating baby food I was drinking beef soup. Aye, no kidding, this boy likes his beef. I love the beef noodles at Rex (at Selegie road) which my dad a.k.a the most wonderful man, used to bring us a long, long time ago. Cooked by this old lady and served with damn good chinchalok (the white stuff with chilli) and loads of chye poh (preserved vegetables), totally awe...licious! The sauce was damn good and beefy also. Anyone knows if it had been passed down? Pleeease tell me pleaase I'm BEGGING you!

After that we found another beef noodle stall located at Scotts shopping centre food court and that became our next best thing over the years. But now Scotts is gone! Ahhh, they just want to rid me of my beeeeeeeef, don't they?!

Okay, so I've found Hock Lam. Well... it's not exactly up to that standard though. Hock Lam's beef noodle is strongly flavoured. Rrrrright, but in a different kind of way; the way of garlic and spices. Boy, it was strong, but in a subjective kind of way; as some people do not like garlic (not me). The sauce tasted mostly of (very) strong use of spices and reeked strongly of garlic. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but when you think about it, it's supposed to be a bowl of BEEF noodles.

Dude, the beef stock is simply not strong enough. The soup is also too salty and strongly flavoured and when both taken together, Phoo! A little unpleasant.

Not that it's a bad thing, some people like it but I don't. really. find. it. that. good.
I also don't like the idea of peanuts in my beef noodles? Oh well...


Anonymous said...

think there's a famous stall at china square food court b1. not sure what's its name though my colleague mentioned it's better than hock lam.

simcooks said...

I remember Scotts Shopping Center Food Court. That's like the first food court ever to open in Singapore.

The Yummie dummieS said...

yeah u got that right! First food court ever. :) oh well, the whole building is now undergoing construction.

Heyo other reader (sorry my chinese is bad), I hope to check it out soon :)

smart said...

Have you try the Beef Noddle at Changi Village? That one is my favourite.

The Yummie dummieS said...

I saw the stall but they were only just preparing when I got there! Will try next time. I tried the chicken cutlet hor fun at the opp stall tho, nice!

tigerfish said...

Hock Lam soup version of beef noodles should be also good! Scotts is famous for the dry-version, I think.

Anonymous said...


Just happen to surf by. I'm going to try Hock Lam later. Have you given the Beef noodles (dry) at Tampines Mall Foodcourt a shot? I thought it was done just right. Not over-powering with herbal flavours and yet flavourful.

ben said...

I think the Hainan Xing Zhou one at Lor 7 Toa Payoh is greally awesome.

akeguin said...

tried this last week. i had the soup version whilst my bf took the dry one. agree that the soup is not as fantastic as i had expected. took a bite of the dry version and rather prefer it to mine.

did not have a chance to try the one at scotts cuz was forbidden to take beef back then. was aware it was damn popular whenever i went there last time tho.

Sammy said...

heya akeguin, i found out that the scotts beek noodles has moved to AMK hub food court. Hope u can try it :)

Anonymous said...

hock lam is overpriced and over rated. i will not pay a premium for such lousy service and so so food

for me i think the siglap one and beach road army market are the best

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Anonymous said...

The best beef noodle these days would be at Toa Payoh Hub food court. Its in B1 of Toa Payoh Hub. This store moved from HDB Bt Merah. Absolutely awesome. Go after 31 Mar as the food court is under going renovation.

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