Category: Geylang / Kallang / Lavender

Old Bibik’s Nasi Rendang – Mouthwatering Rendang From Grandma’s Secret Recipe

By , January 1, 2013

Old Bibik is a new stall at Lavender Food Square serving chicken and beef rendang, made from a secret recipe which has been passed down 3 generations.

A serving of this stall’s beef rendang ($5.50) comes with rice, stir fried long beans, a slice of omelette, papadum and tender chunks of mouthwatering rendang drenched in spicy gravy. Order the Chicken & Beef Rendang combo ($6.00) if you can’t decide on which meat to have.

The beef rendang is really quite sedap (Malay for ‘delicious’), and I was hooked to the rempah sauce which is prepared using fresh ingredients every day. Authentic Peranakan is indeed a hard find at the local hawker centres, moreover at such a value-for-money price. Old Bibik would have been proud of her grandson.

Full Post at – Old Bibik’s Nasi Rendang

Old Bibik’s Nasi Rendang
380 Jalan Besar, #01-30 Lavender Food Square, Eminent Plaza Singapore 209000, Tel: +65 9797 2842
Opening Hours: 12:00pm–11:00pm (Mon-Thurs), 12:00pm–1:00am (Fri-Sat), 11:00am–11:00pm (Sun)

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Where’s the Best Beef Hor Fun?

By , October 16, 2008

Though Beef Hor Fun is never termed as one of the local delights, this popular dish has huge fans throughout. Still, it’s very easy to go wrong on this one. Clumpy Hor Fun (not stir fried well), white in colour (this is not San Lao!), tasteless and thin sauce (not enough seasoning), tough beef (too long on the wok) and lack of the flavour (control of the fire which only seasoned chefs can handle).

Here’s a round-on on some of the more popular Hor Funs in Singapore.

Geylang Beef Kway Teow (Geylang Lor 9)
This was once THE Beef Hor Fun. Once unarguably the best. Once. During my uni days, my hall mates would drive all the way down from NTU just to eat this at Geylang. I remembered that first bite. It was as though this was the most wonderful thing that I had ever eaten in my entire life. All the stress of the exams would be gone with a taste of the thick black sauce and tender beef. A life changing experience. 

10 years down the road. While I still enjoy it, the quality has dropped tremendously. In the past, the sauce would stay thick all the way. But the last few times, it became diluted after a while. The horfun’s not as chao tar as before, and the whole flavour just wasn’t strong enough. The impossible parking and rude waitresses don’t help at all.

Bee Kia Seafood Restaurant (opposite Thomson Medical Centre)
My family’s favourite Beef Hor Fun. Termed as Geylang’s closest competitor, its edge will be the succulent beef full of bite, compared to Geylang which may be overly soft and tenderised. You feel there is substance. Plus, it’s value for money – $4 for a reasonable portion.

The sauce is less distinctive than Geylang’s though. The black bean sauce, sprinkled with chilli has a lot of texture. What’s missing is that X-factor.

Por Kee Eating House (Block 69, Seng Poh Lane #01-02)
A surprise find, since I am usually there for the other zhi char dishes such as Champagne Ribs and Braised Tofu. The Black Bean Sauce Beef Horfun was surprisingly good.

The wok hei flavour, thick sauce and chewy tender beef suggested that the cooks were very skilled in frying them and controlling the fire so that it is not overcooked. The friend said it was even better than Geylang’s anytime, but the corn’s out of place. At $7 a plate, the heavier price may put some people off.

Hong Kong Street Chun Kee (125 Bukit Merah Lane 1)
I like my Beef Hor Fun with a lot of greens, and this version manages to balance the proportion quite well. While this eatery is more famous for  their San Lao and Seafood Horfun, the Beef version is certainly above average compared to many of the others. The portion’s huge and there is always enough sauce to go around. And it’s black enough.

The Verdict
Geylang’s still the biggest name in horfun, but Por Kee reaches for a surprise win.

Yong He Eating House 永和豆浆油条大王

By , June 13, 2008

Geylang Lor 27-A

Most would say the best place for suppers in this Singapore is Geylang. Beyond the sleazy lanes, colourful lights and you-know-what, this is the place for ‘sinful indulgence’.

My supper kakis and I have our usual routine – round 1 claypot frog porridge, round 2 beef horfun, or dim sum and always ending off with Yong He soya bean. For the longest time, we wondered where the familiar Yong He has moved to, and we finally found it at Lor 27A.

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