Once upon a time (perhaps this will reveal my age), foodies go to Geylang for three reasons – Frog Leg’s Porridge, Tau Hway, and Beef Horfun.
The mix of shops and culture of Geylang has just quite a bit during the years, and perhaps some shops have lost their charm along the way.
The “Lor 9 Beef Kway Teow” better known as the “Geylang Famous Beef Kway Teow” used to be our go-to place for Beef Horfun in the ‘good old days’. Back then, it was for its ultra-tender beef slices in generous portions and gooey delicious sauce.
Views of this shop can be divided. On one hand people who tried it in the pasts would remark how much the consistency has fallen; on the other there are diners who still consider it a not-bad rendition (when compared to many others in Singapore.)
Priced at $7, $12, $18, $22 and $28, the plate was known for its generous portion of tenderer-than-tender beef slices (suspected too much tenderiser), cooked in thick gravy.
This was once considered THE Beef Hor Fun. I remembered the very first time I had it, it was as though this was one of the most wonderful thing that I had ever eaten. (Okay, would say this was about 20 years ago.)
People remember it for the plateful of tender cooked slices of beef drenched in a thick, dark-coloured gravy and combined with silky smooth kway teow.
The well-marinated hor fun was soft to the bite; while the soya sauce-based gravy was flavourful and carries the taste of bean paste, black pepper and chili.
While I still enjoyed it, the quality has dropped throughout the years.
The wok-hei was not as strong as before, and sauce thinner as compared to the past. It could be because the rice noodles and sauces were pre-cooked, so lacking in that ‘oomph’ and wok-heat.
If you want some variety, they also offer zi char dishes and other noodles like the Seafood Crispy Noodle, Hokkien Mee, Yangzhou Fried Rice, and Sweet & Sour Pork.
Open ‘til late, this is where you can catch a late dinner. Or just when a Beef Hor Fun craving strikes.
Lor 9 Beef Kway Teow (芽龙著名牛河) – Geylang Famous Beef Kway Teow
237 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389296
Tel: +65 9388 0723
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30am (Tue – Sun), 4pm – 2:30am (Mon)