Beef Brisket Noodles aka Ngou Lam Mien is one of those quintessential Hong Kong food, and it is not that easy to find a quality plate in Singapore.
There is Fatty Ox HK Kitchen located in the quieter side of Chinatown Complex Food Centre – also Singapore’s largest hawker centre with over 260 stalls.
Finding this stall (#02-84) is quite tricky, and I usually first head towards Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu, and Fatty Ox would be located at the row behind.
Because of its exact spot in the maze of stalls, it offers you an airy ambiance as you admire the heritage buildings around you.
While the queue didn’t look that long the couple of times I was there (say 5 to 10 customers), the wait was unexpectedly longer. This is especially if customers in front decide to do large takeaways.
The recipes here are said to be by Hong Kong-born chef Cheung Sun Kwai (and I read from @ieatishootipost that his disciple is Fatty Cheong from ABC Brickworks Food Centre).
This hawker stall specialises in Hong Kong-style Cantonese food, also recognised by Michelin Guide with a “Michelin Plate” for its wide array of noodles, beef brisket, pork trotter and barbecue meats.
Offerings include Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles, Roast Duck Noodles, Roast Chicken Noodles, Hei Zou Noodles, Braised Chicken Feet Noodles, Beef Brisket Rice, and Dumpling Soup. Each is priced $3 to $5.
The aromatic Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodle ($4) is highly recommended. They serve generous chunks over a bed of springy Hong Kong style egg noodles with a braising sauce that is quite addictive and has that Hong Kong flavour.
Fatty Ox’s mildly flavoured braising sauce is balanced in sweetness and savoury. For a spicy kick, add their house-made sambal chili paste.
As for the Soya Sauce Chicken, the chicken meat was plump and tender with a nice golden-brown glaze.
However, there are many famous Soy Sauce Chicken stalls in this food centre itself (from the Michelin-starred Liao Fan Hawker Chan, Emerald Chicken, Ma Li Ya Virgin Chicken etc) which have stronger flavours.
So some customers may find the soy sauce chicken paling (just slightly) in comparison.
The Roast Pork was done Cantonese style – thick, meaty, with a thin layer of fats. While the thin egg noodles had some of that characteristic alkaline taste (just a bit), it had an enjoyable springy texture.
The char siew was chunky and tender, while the dumplings were generously wrapped and plump, with black fungus (loved it) wrapped within.
For first timers, I would say go for the Beef Brisket Noodles which I felt was the most outstanding dish here, and is frequently sold out by lunch.
Fatty Ox Hong Kong Kitchen 肥牛食家.过桥面档
Blk 335, Smith Street #02-84 New Bridge Road Hawker Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Tel: +65 9638 5345
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues