The Beef Tendon & Meat Dry Noodles ($5) was a bowl with generous portions of tendons, beef slices and topped with blanched bean sprouts and shredded preserved vegetable.
It was love at first slurp. The dark gooey gravy boasted beefy notes with the spices (cinnamon, cloves etc) playing a less-dominant, supporting role. The thick bee hoon here was thicker than most others and was especially shiok to slurp up with the beefy gravy clinging onto every strand. Squeeze in a lime, add in the chilli sauce and chinchalok for a lagi shiok experience! Everything combined beautifully.
The beef tendons were soft, semi-gummy and gelatinous. Not much taste on their own but delicious with that beefy gravy! I also like that the beef slices were not overly tenderised and retained both bite and flavour.
While some people deliberate over whether to choose the dry or soup versions of noodle dishes, I often spare my neurons the trauma and go with both versions. It sure beats complex calculations and pure mental (and not to mention gastric) torture. ;)
Seeing that there was also char kway teow on the table, I decided to opt for the Beef & Beef Ball Soup ($4) sans rice/noodles. I enjoyed the soup which was robust and beefy. Like the gravy, the sweet beefy-ness was allowed to shine without any overly heavy influence of spices. The only let down was the beef balls. I didn't take to their dull taste nor texture.
Here at this stall, it was the dry version with its thick and chewy noodles coated with a superb gravy that won my heart and stomach.
Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodle
Yeap Coffee Shop
27 Maude Road
Tel: 9621 5180 (Mr Kian)
Opens: Tuesday-Sunday; 11am-3pm
Chew On This: This is the legacy of the famous Odeon beef noodles stall that was at the long-defunct Odeon theatre. I am too young to have experienced the one there but through stories about old Singapore, the Odeon beef noodles stall was THE beef noodles stall!