The almost-erratic part-hot part-rainy weather of late makes me crave for zi char beehoon (like soupy White Beehoon), so much so that my search led me to this “Food King Good” Beehoon stall at Jalan Sultan.
No, this is NOT exactly White Beehoon, and it has a straight forward name of “Try Fresh XO Seafood Noodles”.
A direct translation of its Chinese name 长鲜 should be “Long Fresh”.
The stall is hidden within a non-descript food-court that also houses the Famous Pao Fan 一泡而红 by actor Chew Chor Meng.
Try Fresh XO Seafood Noodles actually first originated from Kepong, Kuala Lumpur with a name of “Hennessy XO Seafood Beehoon”.
On its menu are XO Seafood Bee Hoon Soup ($8.90), HuaDiao Seafood Bee Hoon Soup ($6.90), Salted Egg Seafood Bee Hoon ($8.90), Curry Seafood Beef Hoon ($6.90), to even Curry Otah Ball Bee Hoon ($5.00). What?!
There are also the highly rated Hai Huang Mee Sua ($5.00), and an all-in-one Seafood Combination bowl meant for 2 to 3 pax that cost a whopping $30.
Technically, the “XO” Seafood Bee Hoon Soup is spiked with Hennessy VSOP Cognac, also wok-fried with seafood such as clams, prawns and cuttlefish.
I tell you, you do not even need to taste the liquor to see it coming, because when served piping-hot that alcoholic aroma would just hit your nose.
However, I didn’t totally go ”wow” at the broth, as the liquor kick probably overwhelmed the sweetness of the seafood and ocean flavours of the broth cooked with blue swimmer crabs and lala.
Slightly overwhelming on the cognac side, but I suppose that is why people like it.
The draw really is the “crystal beehoon” specially imported from Malaysia.
While the local vermicelli is towards the long, straight and soft side, these translucent strands had a wavy appearance and springy-crunchier bite.
Would say it is a cross between bee hoon, tang hoon and perhaps konjac noodles, and with curls.
The good thing is the noodles did not absorb the broth that much, so they didn’t turn overly soggy and retained a pleasant bite.
Surprise, surprise. I enjoyed the Salted Egg Seafood Bee Hoon ($8.90) version much better, topped with conspicuous pieces of crunchy pork lard.
When you think of “salted egg”, you may imagine this to be creamy, grainy, and jelak, but this was a lot more soupy.
Also, they managed to tone down the richness while still delivering the salted egg nuances across.
Try Fresh XO Seafood Noodles
100 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199001
Opening Hours: 10am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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