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Near Lavender MRT is The Beef House, commonly known for good Hakka Yong Tau Foo. However, when I was there at 12.30pm on a Saturday, they were completely sold out. So, I just ordered what was left - Beef Ball Soup and Noodles [$4].⁣ ⁣ Because it was not planned, those 2 dishes certainly caught me by surprise. Firstly, the beef balls tasted springy with strong umami. The owner makes them by hand everyday and I can assure you their taste is completely different from any beef ball you buy outside. Secondly, unlike the usual MSG soup from many noodle shops in Singapore, the soup here was very refreshing. It was a clear soup but it had good concentrated flavours. Lastly, the noodles were thin, chewy with a strong onion taste. It may not be suitable for everyone but I certainly liked it as it paired well with the beef balls.⁣ ⁣ Overall, I may not have gotten to eat the famous Hakka Yong Tau Foo set there but the Beef Ball Soup and Noodles were definitely not subpar. In fact, they were so tasty now I wonder how good the Yong Tau Foo is that it overshadows the success of these 2 dishes. I shall return another day, albeit earlier to make sure I try them. -Foodier✌🏻
Handmade Hakka Beef Balls This corner stall located along Syed Alwi Road is famous for 3 things, their Hakka Beef Ball Bee Hoon Soup, Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Hakka Beef Kway Teow. Although I’ve never tried the latter, I must admit both their Yong tau foo and homemade beef balls are seriously good. Their beef balls are dense with a nice chew to it. The flavour is legit and tastes miles better from what you typically get from factory-made ones. For one, you can actually taste the beef in the ball. They’re also really massive which is a major plus too!
Hakka Yong Tau Foo Set ($3) With or without the noodles, the price tag of this set remains the same. The number of decently sized yong tau foo pieces (beancurd, bitter gourd, mushroom, fish and pork balls, fried wanton and wuxiang) is totally dependent on your luck as it can hover between 6 to 8 of them. The springy noodles were tossed in pork lard and topped with minced pork. So yum! Definitely missed this old school taste/ 古早味! According to my mom, you might be delighted to find dried oyster wrapped with meat if you were to join the morning crowd!
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For Juicy Baos and Rustic Dim Sum Set within a nondescript coffeeshop diagonally across from Swee Choon, this is a hidden gem serving handmade dim sum that, according to Burpple Tastemaker Acamas Teo, easily rivals Swee Choon and 126. Go with Burpple Tastemaker Michelle Kayla Tay's suggestion of the Super Big Bao ($3.20). The humongous fluffy bun holds together a generous combination of juicy fillings that include half an egg, mushrooms, Chinese waxed sausage, and chunks of chicken and pork. Pair this with the Century Egg Shrimp Siew Mai ($1.80) and the Tofu Bamboo ($1.70), which sees minced meat and bamboo shoot wrapped within a sheet of beancurd skin. The food selection is pretty minimal so save this spot for a teatime outing. Don't forget to order a stellar cup of kopi or teh while you're here — it's seriously good. Avg price: $5 per person Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Michelle Kayla Tey
For D Cup Sized Baos Johore Ye Zhi Mei Homemade Pau 新山葉子楣手工包點 For Glorious Handmade Pau (💵S$3.20) that Honours & does Justice to Hong Kong actress Amy Yip (Known for her Spectacular & Disproportionately Humongous Breasts) 😏 • Oh good lord, it's Big... & Juicy... & full of Feelings : Pork, Chicken, hardboiled Egg, Mushrooms & Chinese Sausage. 🌶 (Small but Addictive, the Sausage) Yes stuck in between the Pau is a Chinese Sausage, amidst the Huge Pau with juices flowing/squirting uncontrollably. 😋 • ACAMASTIPS💮: Here serves Handmade Dim Sum that's better than places like Swee Choon or 126 Dim Sum (yes coming from me) Order: Century egg & Shrimp Siew Mai, Tofu Bamboo (💵S$1.70) 🖖🏻
Acamas Teo
Super Big Bao ($3.20) Go big or go home, they said. And big is definitely the way to go here, because big gets you a fat & fluffy bao dripping with juices. There's (half) an egg, mushrooms, Chinese waxed sausage, and chunks of chicken and pork in there. It's a little sweeter than the usual, but that's partly why I like it. Apart from a variety of handmade baos like char siew, kong bak pau, red bean, etc, there are also interesting variations of dim sum such as the Century Egg Siew Mai ($1.80) in the background. Regular and salted egg versions also available. Tastes pretty decent, but definitely not the highlight here. Save your calories for the super big bao & more Jalan Besar eats instead.
Michelle Kayla
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