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Hock Lam Beef

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Listing created by Alleys scavenger on April 25, 2012    

Hock Lam Beef continues a 100 year old tradition of serving high quality Teochew beef kway teow handed down from two generations. Everything is homemade from the 24-hour boiled soup to the chilli sauce and hand prepared beef cuts.

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< $10
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Upper Serangoon
949 Upper Serangoon Road
Operating Hours:
Daily: 10.00am – 11.00pm

Macpherson Branch
510 Macpherson Road
Operating Hours:
Daily: 10.00am – 8.00pm


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A definite favourite

I've loved the noodles here since I first tried it as a child. Whatever combination of noodles you decide to try, the taste will turn out fantastic. The gravy used is think and flavourful, the noodles are neither too dry nor too soggy and the beef...OH the beef. There is nothing to complain about with regard to the taste.

Unfortunately, its taste has not remained the same over the years but has degenerated a little. Portions served are also smaller. Now I find the taste a little odd, though I can't quite put my finger on the reason. Even so, it's still one of my favourite beef noodle places in the entire world and I'll always go back for more.

Their menu prices are a little on the high side for beef noodles, but the flavour delivered is worth it.

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No longer the best, but still better than the rest

Hock Lam Beef is yet another one of those eateries that I've been going back to regularly for years. It offers delicious beef noodles at competitive prices and is certainly one of the better ones I've tried.

Their beef noodles used to be at the top of my list. Unfortunately, their standards have dropped slightly and I've discovered better options. However, the beef noodles served here are still flavourful and the gravy still manages to hold its own. I last had Hock Lam's beef noodles a week ago and although they aren't as good as before, they're still quite tasty and worth a shot especially if you're a huge fan of beef noodles. I had the dry version, which is what I've been ordering over the years.

The noodles are soft and smooth, nothing much to complain about really. However, if you plan on ordering takeaway, be sure start eating quickly. In the 20 or so minutes it takes me to get home from there, the noodles tend to get a little soggy. The beef slices are decent, although they aren't incredibly tender. The beef meatballs are really delicious though! If there's one outstanding feature about Hock Lam's beef noodles, it's their gravy. The gravy is wonderful. It's thick, heavy and clings to the noodles well. Somehow, their gravy has this really unique aspect to it that I haven't tasted in its competitors.It has a robust, beefy taste that is incredibly strong, but not at all overpowering.

Prices here are affordable, although slightly higher than typical hawker fare. It might be wise to lower your expectations though; they've cut down on their portions slightly. All in all, Hock Lam Beef isn't my go-to place for great beef noodle anymore, but that doesn't mean it's no longer an option. If I'm looking for a quick bite or something to bring home for dinner, I'll still pop over for a visit!

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Different standards

When a new branch of Hock Lam Beef opened in ARC, I was happy. It had been quite some time since I had eaten their beef noodles because I was never near their shop.

The shop was renovated more like a restaurant than a coffee shop so I already expected the food to be slightly more expensive. But I was not prepared when the beef noodles was served to me. The quantity seemed to be a lot smaller and the sauce was not as thick as I remembered.

This may be a new branch so the manager and chef were still exploring. The manager may have set the quantity to be smaller so he report higher profit at the end of month. The chef may still be trying to master how to create the correct thickness for the sauce. Yes, I was quite forgiving but the next time I eat in this branch, things better improve, if not, this will be another branch I will not visit.

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Beef Curtains

This used to be my staple when my gym was around the Raffles Place area. Traditional style beef noodles with honest-to-goodness broth served up in an updated version of a no-frills kopi-tiam atmosphere. I didn’t always get to eat it though, since they don’t open late.

I stopped going when the standard started dropping. The amount of beef started to shrink and the price got hiked up. I used to order the lean meat and tendon option, and started to notice the meat portion getting reduced. Even the broth seemed to contain a bit less stock and a bit more water and MSG.

Oh well, nothing lasts forever. All good things must come to an end. Moo!

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authentic beef noodles

A branch had recently opened near my home at Upper Serangoon Road, hence my family went by to try this famous beef noodles one day. No other beef noodles I've eaten has ever compared to it since!

You can choose for the noodles to be dry or with soup. I prefer ordering it dry with kuay teow as it comes with a thick brown gravy. The broth is also really fragrant, having been boiled for 24 hours. There are also many types of beef for you to choose from such as beef slices, beef tendon, beef brisket, beef balls, etc. These are hand-sliced and hence are really fresh and tender - some would find joy in knowing that they do not employ the use of MSG and tenderizer at all!

What I also like is how your noodles come topped with nuts and this yellow pickled vegetable which really enhances its flavour. You also have to try their homemade chilli made with 13 different ingredients, which complements the dish and does not overpower it.

However, some might be disappointed to find that the price of each bowl of noodles has risen and some complain that the amount of beef has reduced. But I guess this is due to the inflation of food prices.

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