Lao Ban Soya Beancurd

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sick of it after awhile
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2.5
Lao Ban beancurd has made its name in Singapore to be one of the best “pudding” taohuey around Singapore. I remember the craze a few years back, Singaporeans would go crazy over it. Many people would head to its first store at Old Airport Road specially to buy packets of them despite the long queue.

Shortly after, Lao Ban opened franchises around Singapore which made it easier for customers of Lao Ban living far away from Old Airport Road. However, the hype died down and there were many similar businesses opening. Personally, I feel that Lao Ban is slightly too sweet for my liking and it’s a pity there’s no way to change it.

Although Lao Ban may appeal to the majority due to it’s melt-in-your-mouth texture, I prefer the original beancurd as compared to Lao Ban. Lao Ban is relatively pricier too, which I feel is not very worth it.
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It's okay...
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The hyped for Lao Ban has died down and I understand why. The first time I tried, I really like it but after a few more tries, I rather stick to the traditional one.

It does melts in your mouth but it also tasted like it has been processed. It is as what everyone rave about- silky and smooth, but I prefer the good-old beancurd that your parents use to eat which has a density to it. It is more natural and the honey syrup compliment it just right!

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Not your traditional beancurd
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3.0
Judging by the long queues at all the outlets, it's safe to say that a lot of people like Lao Ban. Like many other people out there, I enjoy eating Lao Ban Soya Beancurd because it's sweet and refreshing. It makes a good dessert to enjoy after a meal or on sweltering hot days.

However, I think that this dessert can't be compared to the traditional soya beancurd. It shouldn't even be called soya beancurd; it reminds me more of pudding or jelly. Traditional soya beancurd is much softer and smoother, and the taste of the beans is much stronger. Lao Ban's beancurd tastes more processed and too artificially sweet.

I very much prefer the traditional soya beancurd, which is tastier and cheaper. I don't mind having Lao Ban soya beancurd as a dessert on its own, but I think it shouldn't bank on the name of soya beancurd and mislead people from the traditional soya beancurd.

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Dont see the big fuss in it
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2.5
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Lao Ban used to be a craze in Old Airport road, where there will be long queues everyday, people buying more than one serving, many instagram/facebook photos flooding our daily lives. Well, to me its just a hype.

I have tried the Lao Ban both at Old airport road and Maxwell food centre and i found it nice, yet overrated for its queue, its constant raving. This is because i couldnt really tell the difference between their soya beancurd and my usual hangouts like Rocher beancurd or even soya beancurd from my market near my house. They were equally smooth, silky and sweet.

So while Lao Ban is still nice, i think it doesnt really deserve all the hype because its competitors are all good as well
JH
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Overrated
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3.0
Lao Ban has to be one of the most overrated places of all time. How many times have you checked your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter account and seen a post of your friend showing off his or her bowl of creamy soya bean beancurd?

The beancurd is smooth and tastes great, but let's face it, you can get a similar bowl at any nameless stalls that are proliferating in local hawker centers. The much-less-popular shop just two stalls away from Lao Ban sells beancurd that tastes exactly the same.

So next time there's no need to travel all the way down to Maxwell or Old Airport Road to satisfy your beancurd craving. Just pop by your nearest hawker center.
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Awesome experience for first timers
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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2.5
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3.0
The Lao Ban Beancurd craze has been ongoing for quite a while, and after much persuasion, I decided to visit their Maxwell outlet with my friends. Frankly speaking, the first thing that put me off was the insanely long queue, even though it was moving pretty fast. Be prepared for the long queuing time and stuff environment if you want to savor this delicacy.

For people who don't like to eat beancurd, this is really worth a try. The sensation of it melting in your mouth the moment you have your first spoon was something unexpected. It almost felt like you can drink the whole bowl of beancurd, because it was so soft and smooth. The sweetness level was just right, and it tastes exceptionally well when chilled, probably owing to the humid weather in Singapore.

It's a common sight to see people takeaway 10 to 20 bowls of their beancurd, so do remember to purchase more for your family or friends, to save the hassle of joining the long queue all over again.

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Average Spent Per Person:
0
Best Part:
Almond Beancurd
Branch Location:
Maxwell Food Centre
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
JW
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Jellied processed soy bean milk?
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3.5
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Are they giving out free bean curd, if not why the long queue? In Singapore anything that can create a queue ‘must’ be good? But I beg to defer when it comes to Lao Ban Dou Hua. The first time having it was quite a nice experience as it is cold and smooth and moves down the throat easily. And if you like flavoured bean curd then you might like their almond bean curd. But after trying it for the second or third time, it just tasted too sweet and in my opinion just tasted like jellied processed soya bean milk (the carton type that we can find in our local supermarket).

Dou hua or soy bean curd must have that natural soy taste or it will just taste fake. Moreover at $1.50 - $2 per tub is more pricey as compared to the traditional ones. But as it is chilled, it makes for a nice refreshing dessert or snack and is easy to ta-bao (take-a-way) as it already comes in a covered tub. It’s no wonder why my colleagues love to buy these in bulk and store them in the fridge so that they can bring it home for their family.

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Average Spent Per Person:
2
Branch Location:
Maxwell Market
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Acceptable, but not tad good as I've thought
(Updated: May 09, 2012)
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3.0
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2.5
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2.5
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
It has been very long ever since I had my first bowl of beancurd, or rather Tao Huey. You can say that I have grown up with eating beancurd, be it on my birthday or just a casual dessert with my friends.

The first time I’ve tried Lao Ban Beancurd was when my friend introduced to me, the time where they came up with this pudding dessert made of soyabean of various flavours. At my first attempt, I bought a bowl of original pudding dessert. It’s not tad sweet as those that are sold in bakeries/other food stalls, however, it does not have some kind of a soyabean after-taste, unlike the stall which I’ve tried at Beano previously. I must admit that it has a really smooth and silky texture, but I just feel that there isn’t enough ‘Q-ness’ in the pudding itself.

What I loved from their menu was the almond flavoured pudding dessert. The fragrant aroma of the almond in the pudding did surprised me, as I have never came across that thick, richness of the almond taste in the pudding. I went to their main outlet at Old Airport Road. Be prepared to withstand long queues and their almond flavoured pudding is definitely a must for me!

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Average Spent Per Person:
2
Best Part:
Almond Flavoured pudding
Branch Location:
Old Airport Road
Recommend to Friend:
No
CL
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