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Monday, August 22, 2022

The Beef House 牛肉之家

My last visit to The Beef House was like 8 years ago and I'm pretty glad that after the pandemic period such traditional food is still around. The 2 stalls are still located side by side selling the traditional Hakka delicacies.

Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Hakka Beef Balls Stall
Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Hakka Beef Balls Stall

After about half an hour of waiting, I finally get first in the queue however they allow callers to interrupt the queue.

Hakka Yong Tau Foo
Hakka Yong Tau Foo

Comparing the stall that I saw the last round, the prints of media was tidier than before.

Stall of Hakka Beef Balls
Stall of Hakka Beef Balls

Finally, we got our order in place! 2 bowls of noodles with a beef ball soup and Yong Tau Foo.

Hakka Beef Balls Soup & YTF
Order for the day

Do not judge the book by its cover. The beef balls in the soup make look plain and plain with stingy amount of broth but this simple looking bowl of soup still remain as tasty as before. The flavour tasted full-bodied and was filled with natural sweetness from beef bone broth. 

Beef Ball Soup
Beef Ball Soup - $4 

The beef balls are still undeniably chewy and bouncy with beefy flavor in every bite. These are very addictive.

Beef Ball
Beef Ball

Every piece of YTF tasted fresh and appetizing. As you reach the bottom of the soup with the spoon, you will realize that there are a handful amount of soya beans. 

Yong Tau Foo
Yong Tau Foo - $4

Here comes the Hakka Noodles! The Hakka Noodle is similar to Mee Pok just that they are narrower in size. The execution of Hakka Noodles usually topped with a handful amount of minced meat. 

Hakka Mee
Hakka Mee

The special part of the Soon Kueh as compared to the usual ones we had was that the skin was made with yam.

Soon Kueh
Soon Kueh 笋粄 - $1

Soon Kueh was plump and had chewy skin. Ingredients were filled to the brim with turnip, mushrooms, shrimp, black fungus etc. 

Inside the Soon Kueh
Inside the Soon Kueh

Food is of traditional taste however the busy pace of this classic coffee shop had led to order confusion for many as they lack structure in order. To order both Yong Tau Foo and Beef Noodles, I have to repeat my order several times to both parties. They also have a unique way of serving of "dropping" a bowl of food from a certain height that creates a sound when serving to customers.

Posted 01 December 2014

Its not easy to find specific dialect cuisine nowadays who serves Hakka Food especially those who served Hakka Dishes like Beef Balls and Yong Tau Foo but one of the coffeeshop in Lavendar had done it all at an affordable pricing.

Gar Lock Eating House

A typical looking stall with faded yellow articles from the media overlapping each other and pasted all over its stall front, this rather "out of place" beef house is really a hidden gem. Even though for its location, the seats were close to a full house when we were there and waiting time was quite some time.

The Beef House

With its bigger portion of beef balls Bee Hoon, the bowl consist of 6 beef balls and a choice of noodles. Soup and bee hoon are on run of the mill but their beef balls are definitely one of the best in Singapore. These balls are made from scratch with minced meat, handmade too thus the meatballs are not very uniform in size. Unlike those packed from the factory, these balls are fresh and free from the beefy smell.

Beef Balls Bee Hoon - $5

 The balls are big, firm and bouncy, giving a QQ texture when you sink your teeth into it. Real yummy stuff!

Beef Balls

 Besides its legendary Beef Balls stealing most scenes in the coffeeshop, they have other Hakka Dishes like Yong Tau Foo. Items from the Yong Tau Foo bowl is fixed, fresh but nothing special to me.

Hakka Yong Tau Foo - $3

 Mee Pok from the Hakka Stall is thinner than the usual ones and they were topped with minced pork meat to pair along. The noodle is slightly dry over here.

Mee Pok

Considering the price, its real value for money, especially its beef balls!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

The Beef House 牛肉之家
Location: Gar Lok Eating House, 217 Syed Alwi Road Singapore 207776 

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