Not many would know that Lao Jie Fang 老街坊 known for its Braised Beef Noodles, actually has an outpost in Hong Kong.
This is especially when Hong Kong is so known for its Cantonese style noodles, especially beef brisket varieties.
For the owners to bring the brand over, they must have a certain level of confidence.
A short introduction of Lao Jie Fang: since 2010, it has been operating at the Mei Chin Road Market & Food Centre, a two-storey building renovated in 2009 and now home to 40 plus stalls.
Some of the stalls were once at the Commonwealth Food Centre, contributing to the many quality hawker stalls in the market such as Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice.
It is not the most accessible food centre though, at least a 10 minutes’ walk from Queenstown MRT station.
I first chanced upon Lao Jie Fang because I had intention to eat horfun from Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty but it was unfortunately closed (again). It seemed like a good alternative then, and I landed up to be pleasantly surprised.
The basic bowls are priced at $4 and $5, while you can add to $5 or $8 to get the mixed version, which includes tendon.
Known for its Cantonese-style braised beef noodles, Lao Jie Fang stews the beef brisket for several hours in a preserved soya bean paste based stock until the meat is tender.
The tendon was indeed melt-in-your-mouth, with a quality that reminds me of Hong Kong’s.
As for the thin egg noodles, owner Mr. Chan blanches them while flicking vigorously to ensure each strand is cooked yet not soggy.
He would then toss the noodle in a specially made dark sauce before adding in the stew sauce.
Thin, springy, well-tossed.
Good Beef Brisket Noodles are few and far between in Singapore’s hawker centres, and this is one of them.
Apart from the Braised Beef noodles, Lao Jie Fang also Pork Rib Noodles ($4, $5) and Pig Trotter Noodle ($4, $5) which uses ter-kar (pork trotters) that is slow cooked without using a pressure cooker, so the bones remain hard while the meat becomes so tender.
I also tried Lao Jie Fang Noodles with Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon (HK72, SGD12.20) in Hong Kong before.
The flavours were there but the brisket was a little on the dry side and tendon wasn’t as soft as the local Hong Kong versions.
However, if you want something close to Hong Kong standard braised beef noodles found in a Singapore hawker centre, this is where you can head to.
Lao Jie Fang 老街坊
159 Mei Chin Road, #02-15 Mei Chin Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 140159
Tel: +65 9680 3898
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Mon – Sun)
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