Joo Chiat Beef King specialises in beef-based dishes such as beef tendon kway teow, braised beef tendon and beef ball soup. Rice, bee hoon, thick bee hoon and noodles are available as options.
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Worth repeats !
I have a few personal criteria for hawker stalls that I dined at for it to be reviewed - (1) the fare must be good (2) that it remains on my "mental food map" (3) that I won't hesitate to eat there again... and of course, it will helps plenty if the stall owner or staff is friendly...even better if it's value for money. Joo Chiat Beef King fulfills all these criteria.
Typically, when the offering is good, the stall enjoys brisk business and healthy queue. That's where Joo Chiat Beef King differs... the food is undoubtedly good and wholesome...but on most occasion, I need not queue too long. So I analyzed it's staff efficiency as turnover is brisk (read: structured food preparation process), quite unlike, say Fried Hokkien Mee, where 1 wok takes at least 10-15 minutes to prepare the orders for 3-4 servings...hence the waiting period & "pile-up".
That said...the stall (manned by a couple of middle-aged China couple) serves up delicious bowl of beef noodles. The beef is much less sinewy and easier on the bite. In fact, on all the occasion I been there, the stewed beef practically melts in your mouth. The soup is rich and flavorful through the constant cooking of successive orders of beef (much like a steamboat, where the stock get richer as the dining gets underway). I didn't experience any hint of MSG induced thirst post meal so I guessed it need not be added.
Of particular mentioned is the side order of beef tendons...served on a bed of blanched vegs is definitely great to get your collagen fix (read - nicer elastic skin?)...But I would recommends the basic bowl of mixed meat (tendons, cubes of lean beef, beef balls, slices of stomachs, etc, at just $4. And you can asked for kway teow, thick/thin beehoon, mee or rice...soup or dry.
Good & delicious food, at great pocket-friendly price, what more can you asked for ?