Lao Ban Soya Beancurd

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Major love
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4.0
Lao Ban beancurd, simply put, soya beancurd with a smoother, pudding like texture. When it first opened few years back, Singaporeans went crazy. Its first store in Old Airport Road had extremely long queues and customers would buy 10 packets of beancurd at one shot.

However, the craze has died down now and many other beancurd franchises caught wind of how to make similar beancurd. Also, one flaw is that the sweetness of the beancurd can’t be adjusted to the customers preferences unlike the traditional beancurd.

I still prefer the traditional “dou hua” as Lao Ban beancurd doesn’t really bring out the flavour of the soy beans. Also, Lao Ban is a lot more pricey than traditional beancurd from stores such as Selegie Beancurd.
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Pudding or beancurd?
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4.0
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4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Mind the queue when it first got so popular. Many of us would have rushed to try Lao Bao Soya Beancurd. Looks like the hype died down but it still has many loyal customers. There is one of its stores at Jurong East Interchange with a short queue almost every afternoon and evening, after work or school.

The first time I tried Lao Ban Soya Beancurd, its texture was so fine that I thought I just had pudding. Not a bad thing, just that some might prefer the traditional beancurd you get from hawker centres. My favourite would be the original as well as the almond beancurd. Though I must say, not everyone might like the taste of almond at their first try. The almond taste in Lao Ban however is not too overpowering and people who try it for the first time might just be able to accept its taste.

I must agree that Lao Ban Soya Beancurd is best served chilled, especially during a warm day. For take-outs, be mindful not to sway or move the plastic bag carrying the beancurd around too much as the beancurd might just turn into soyabean milk. Lao Ban Soya Beancurd should not be compared with our traditional beancurd as to me, both are equally good.
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Used to be better
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4.0
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3.5
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
It was raved to be one of the best bean curd in Singapore. There used to have long queues for this bean curd. However, the standard dropped. I remembered the first few time I eat. I swear it was so delicious. The bean curd is so smooth and not too sweet unlike the traditional ones. Since then I proclaim it as one of the best bean curd i ever had.

I was so excited when Chong Pang finally have its own branch. But the sad thing is, the delicious bean curd is just no longer that delicious. Even after going back to the main branch, it is just not that delicious anymore. Nowadays I just eat either lao ban bean curd or traditional ones as they are just good as dessert but given the price I do prefer to eat the traditional ones now.

I can't judge the environment as I usually da bao (takeaway). As for the staff service is relatively good and fast so not much to complain too.

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Branch Location:
Chong Pang
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Great for a hot day!
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3.5
Lao Ban's soya beancurd is truly a delight. During my lower secondary days, my friends and I would pop by the outlet at Old Airport Road's food centre and dig in while talking about anything under the sun. It really is refreshing to eat after a long day, what with the weather in Singapore always clawing at your neck. I instantly forget about the beads of perspiration soaking my shirt and running down my neck once I have a bite of Lao Ban's soya beancurd.

I think Lao ban's soya beancurd has just the right amount of sweetness without it overpowering the soya taste and seeming artificial. Also, its silky texture gives a really pleasant sensation as it slides down your tongue, yet in its jelly-like state it is still chewable.

Their other flavours are nice but the original, to me, is still the best.
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Cooling
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3.5
Lao Ban has long taken the whole island by storm over this new type of soya beancurd these recent years, especially when it first started. Recently when it opens in the vicinity of Ang Mo Kio, I decided to give it a try, thanks to all the craze over it. It isn't anything like the traditional counterpart; it is so smooth that it melts in your mouth and there's this touch of creaminess to the soya taste which complements with the texture. However, it can get a tad too sweet. When it is chilled, the taste is quite good, I mean,the cooling and melt in your mouth texture taste quite heavenly when the weather is hot or when you are a little frustrated. Coupled with the sweetness, it makes a good choice of dessert.

It is quite pricey as compared to the traditional soya beancurd. Maybe I'm used to the traditional one, I prefer the texture and taste of it compared to Lao Ban on a daily basis (for breakfast). I wouldn't say that I like Lao Ban soya beancurd a lot, but I would say it is not bad for once in a while indulgence.
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Silky and Smooth
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4.0
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4.5
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3.5
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0
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4.0
There was a period of craze over beancurd and I believe the most popular brand always stands as Lao Ban.

The very first time I tried it, scooped it and dropped it into my mouth, it slid down my throat right away. I'm not even exaggerating, it was that smooth. I like the silky and even feeling of the beancurd. There are no lumps in the beancurd, it is totally smooth.

What I don't like about it though is that I find it a tad bit too sweet. I would have preferred a stronger soya bean taste over the sweetness. This applies to the Lao Ban soya bean drink too. Except the drink is much sweeter (too sweet).

Overall, I would rate it 10/10 for it's silky-ness. If only it was less sweet, I would love it so much more. Everyone says the queue for Lao Ban is long, well, here's a tip, come to Tampines, the queue here is always short!

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Average Spent Per Person:
1
Branch Location:
Tampines
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
MT
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Decent Jelly-like Beancurd, Not For Traditionalists
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3.5
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3.5
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3.0
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
I was quite surprised when I first tasted the Beancurd served at Lao Ban.

Instead of the traditional texture, Lao Ban’s beancurd texture was more like that of a jelly. Apparently, such jelly-like beancurd is the fad nowadays. The beancurd is quite sweet. Hence, it is more for those who don’t mind a sweeter beancurd and not for those who have a habit of having less syrup added to their serving of traditional beancurd.

Personally, I still prefer the traditional beancurd. It might be because I have grown accustomed to the traditional texture and the manual mixing of syrup with the beancurd on the spot when they serve you. May be the jelly-like nature of the Lao Ban beancurd just make it, well, not the beancurd I know of anymore.

Nonetheless, for those who want to find out what the jelly-beancurd fad is about, Lao Ban is good outlet to go as the taste is still pretty good and it’s one of the most popular outlet in Singapore.

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Branch Location:
Jubilee Square, Ang Mo Kio
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Love it, hate it, slurp it.....
(Updated: June 23, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
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3.5
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3.0
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3.5
Value 
 
3.0
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3.5
Personally, there's two types of soya bean curd... the ones that you like and the ones that you like less (you can't really hate the creamy smooth stuff ...or can you ? ).

Choices available in the types of the creamy soya custard were simpler in the earlier days (say just 7-8 years ago)...there's the all-famous "originals" at Selegie and Rochor... where I dare say the soya masters reaped immense financial gains (just look at the continuous stream of bean curd loyalists... or the "generic brand-less" variety available at every soya bean/chin chow drinks stall.

Nowadays, you can spot soya bean curds sold in all brands and variety of flavours (chocolate even ? !! ) And packed in that "environmentally-unfriendly almost forever cannot biodegradable" flattish plastic tubs ! Whatever happened to Saving Gaia?

In this relatively new trend of beancurd fad, Lao Ban seems to be the trendsetter...with catchy branding, artwork and all. But is the taste any good ? I think you find the answer pretty quickly whenever you tried buying Lao Ban beancurds during peak hours at their Old Airport branch. Of course, peak period is crowded everywhere...but there are many other soya bean curd stalls at the hawker centre (there's even one beside Lao Ban)...and you can usually saunters to those "unknowns", grab and go.

The Lao Ban variety is a tad sweet, compared to the traditional. And there's no syrup to speak of...it's already mixed-in. And of course, it's best when taken cold. I can't say it's taste like "heaven" because I have not been there yet...but I can say it's pretty good...and have a unique taste..(almost like a faint hint of Horlicks aftertaste)...There are even website recipes claiming to have "uncovered" what's the secret to this taste : Coffee-Mate !

So...there you go...if you are in the vicinity of Old Airport Rd, Maxwell or Raffles Place....do try a Lao Ban soya beancurd...and do drop me a comment "Love it, Hate it...Slurp it".. :-9"

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Best Part:
The original flavour
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
Soya Bean "HQ"
Queue so long...must buy more...
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Lovely!
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I was attracted to the long queue in front of it's outlet in Clementi Area. Well, if there's a long queue, it should be quite nice, right? So I went ahead to join the queue and bought some for myself and my family for dessert. All I can say is that now, I am a fan.

But before I go on, Lao Ban's soya dessert is a soya milk beancurd pudding, its a pudding so it is different from the traditional beancurd we used to eat. My family loves this new reinvented dessert of the usual beancurd. Personally, I like any dessert that is cold and sweet so I was instantly addicted to it. I have also tried their almond flavoured beancurd as I bought it for my dad who likes almond.

If I had to pick between the two, I would just eat both. :)

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Best Part:
Beancurd pudding!!!
Branch Location:
Clementi
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
GL
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Nothing special.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I wouldn't say my first experience with Lao Ban wasn't a good one. In fact, i was hooked to it for a moment. It's smooth and melts in your mouth, sweet yet not too sickening, and most importantly, it actually really tastes like soya bean.

However, it doesn't taste all that amazing after a few tries. No longer worth travelling so far for... Especially when you can find similar products anywhere, even in hawker centres. Just walk around clementi and you can easily spot at least 3 stalls selling these beancurd puddings.

I've seen other stalls selling many different flavours like mango, caramel, pandan, etc. While Lao Ban only has Original and Almond flavours. A lack of variety i would say. Honestly, i would rather get the beancurds from stalls with lesser queue. Its going to taste the same anyway. Plus, it tastes so artificial as compared to the traditional tau huey topped with sugar syrup!

Even though i no longer enjoy it, it's still worth a try for those who have yet to taste it even once. I'm sure it wouldn't disappoint you on the first try.

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
1
Best Part:
Sweet~
Branch Location:
Clementi
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