51 Soya Bean sells freshly made Soya beancurd and is packed in containers. Other than original flavour, they have durian and almond flavours.
51 Soya Bean
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Remember the beancurd craze 2 years ago that saw many people buying stacks and stacks of it home? The craze has died off, but once in awhile when I feel like having a nice cool dessert, 51 Soya Beancurd still manages to hit all the right spots.
With numerous flavours such as original, almond, and mango, it’s a choices galore! I’ve came to the conclusion that original tastes the best as it allows the subtle soy flavour to shine. The pudding from this stall is silky, smooth, and glides easily down your throat. If you want to end off an oily meal with something light and cool, their beancurd pudding is perfect!
If Lao Ban has a queue and you’re lazy to join it, give 51 Soya Bean a shot! I think it’s as good as Lao Ban, or even better.
Back when I was interning in a company located near Tampines Mall, my colleagues always give me a "You are definitely addicted" look whenever they see me appear back in office after lunch with a box of 51 soya bean curd. I was rather crazy over it, I think; I would buy it about 3 times a week. In conclusion, thank God for that outlet in Tampines Mall, it saves me from being hungry and falling asleep at work in the afternoons.
I especially love the Almond version. There's something about the almond taste that reminds me fondly of the almond jelly that mummy use to make when I was young. They have many different flavours too; durian and strawberry to name a few. Personally never tried the others other than almond cause they feel a bit too unorthodox. I should though, sometime soon. Affordable dessert at $1.50 onward, 51 soya bean curd is certainly a refreshing tea time snack.
If you’ve tasted their bean curd, you wouldn’t be surprised at the taste of their soy milk. The milk is the EXACT replica of the bean curd; bearing the same degree of sweetness and satisfaction you’d expect.
The sugar syrup they put is fantastically balanced, giving the drink just the right amount of sweet. The syrup blends perfectly with the soy and gives an indescribable taste that leaves you wanting for more. And luckily for us, it only costs a dollar.
For those of you dying to taste the bean curd but hesitating due to its inconvenience, the soy milk would be the best choice.
Don't get me wrong, this is definitely one of my favourite places to get Lao Ban. They're quite generous with the bean curd too. The lao ban is deliciously silky and smooth, and its not too cloying. An added bonus is the fact that it's made fresh, so it doesn't have that artificial, leftover flavour to it.
The lao ban however, is a little too powdery for my liking. You can actually see dregs at the bottom of the bowl when you're done with it! The surface of some of the lao bans I've bought is uneven and leaves a strange after taste sometimes. Still, this is definitely the lao ban I patronise the most, and hopefully expansion does not affect the quality of their products.
51 Soya Bean, originally only located at a few hawker centres can now be found at almost every hawker centre. It has become a part of my meals. It is very light, very suitable for dessert or mid-day snacks. I never a fan of traditional bean curd, only eating it once every blue moon, but this soya bean pudding simply blew me away. Not only is the taste different, it is not as sweet as the traditional ones, and it leaves a nice after taste as well.
The queues of 51 Soya Bean is also relatively short, waiting time is usually lesser than 10 minutes, not because there isn't much customers, but because the service is really quick! The stall at the Army Market has more than 3 refrigerators containing their products, thus do not run out as fast.
Hubbs and I used to be fans of Lao Ban soya bean pudding before the crazy long queues blew us away. One day, we were not able to buy our Original flavor pudding and left dejected. Hence, we bought 2 bowls of 51 Soya Bean puddings and have not looked back since.
Smooth, savory and oh, so easy on the throat. Swirl it around your palate and you realize that it doesn't have that strong "coffee-mate" taste like Lao Ban. And the people who tend the store are much more friendly than Lao Ban's.
It is best consumed straight out of the fridge and not after you have brought it along for half a day's shopping.
Yet another one of the soya bean pudding chains that have been popping up like crazy recently, 51 Soya Bean makes quite a decent bowl of pudding.
In this nationwide craze, I would say 51 Soya Bean could give competitors a run for their money. 51 Soya Bean is soft and sweet, even sweeter than most other soya bean puddings out there and has a really nice texture. Its smooth texture makes it very easy to eat and digest. It makes for a good after-meal snack,and is definitely more affordable than most other desserts out there.
However, I don't think 51 Soya Bean can beat my personal favourite; Lao Ban Soya Beancurd which everyone says has lost its touch, but I strongly beg to differ.
Sweet, smooth, and soft, it is no wonder that soya pudding is currently the "in" thing right now in Singapore. 51 Soya Bean sells a variety of soya pudding with different flavours to choose from, much like its many emerging competitors. 51 Soya Bean is one of the more famous soya pudding brands, which I think is most probably owing to the superior texture of its soya pudding.
However, a pity that it cost rather expensive and can fetch up to $2.50 for a small bowl of flavoured soya pudding! Because of the cost factor, I would only take it as an occasional treat.
Personally, I feel that the brand also lose out in terms of its visual appeal. The name itself already seems rather boring, coupled with the plain packaging and the average looking store front, I really wouldn't try their soya pudding unless recommended by a friend. Perhaps this is why the recently opened branch in Causeway Point seems somewhat empty most of the time.
Despite the current craze on beancurd puddings, I'll have to say I'm not a super big fan, I like them, sure, especially on a hot afternoon, but I'm definitely not one who'll go crazy about them and buy a whole bunch home.
Truth be told, though lao ban was supposedly the king of beancurd puddings, I cant differentiate it from other stalls. In fact, while i was at clementi a few friends of mine decided to do an experiment and determine which stall sells the best beancurd puddings, lao ban, amasoy or this, 51 soya bean.
I'm happy to pronounce that the winner (in my opinion) is 51 soya bean!
With a silky texture that melts in your mouth, the pudding is delicious and perfectly made. The only problem is that there's not enough!
The bean curd from 51 was the one which got me really going crazy after all the chilled bean curd! But of course, none that I've tried so far are as good as 51's bean curd in terms of taste and texture.
Honestly, I think that 51's bean curd are better than those of laoban's. One main difference is how 51's bean curd doesn't leave a layer of 'skin' after being left around for a while, unlike those of laoban's. They are, of course, both sweet but not sickly so, with such tender texture you just feel like eating mouth after mouth nonstop. It makes a great dessert or even a light snack in between meals.
It doesn't seem worthy of queuing 15 minutes just for this one small bowl but you can make it up by buying several bowls at once, for your friends and family. Sharing is happiness and sharing this delightful dessert is pure bliss indeed. Indulge in this low-fat sweetness now!