Craving for something warm and comforting in the East of Singapore?
One of China’s most famous Lanzhou Lamian restaurants is Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles 舌尖尖兰州牛肉面 has opened a new outlet at Tampines Century Square. The restaurant is also Halal-certified.
There are other branches found at Chinatown Point #01-43, Hillion Mall #01-07, Jurong Point #03-105, Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-107, and Paris Ris Downtown East E!Avenue #02-322.
The Chinese-Muslim style of beef noodles is typically known for incorporating halal-meats and clear beef broth cooked with more than 15 spices and flavoured with herbs and salt.
The other key feature is the hand-pulled Lamian noodles – 8 different types of choose from and freshly prepared only upon ordering.
Other than soup versions, there are also dry and fried noodles to be paired with sides.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Lanzhou Lamian and Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles:
1. Lanzhou Lamian 兰州拉面 was first created by the Muslim Chinese (Hui 回族) people at Gansu province in China.
2. The noodle recipe has been passed on for generations since the Tang Dynasty.
3. Lanzhou Lamian usually refers bowl of freshly made noodles served with beef in a clear beef broth.
4. The bowls are also included with a handful of chopped spring onions and coriander thrown on top, with a helping of special spicy chili oil.
5. To spot an authentic Lanzhou noodle dish, it must include 一清、二白、三红、四绿、五黄, meaning one clear (soup), two white (radish), three red (chili oil), four green (leek) and five yellow (noodle).
6. In Lanzhou alone, there are more than 1,000 beef noodle restaurants, and estimated more than 20,000 Lanzhou Beef Noodle restaurants in China.
7. The Lanzhou style of handmade-noodles requires the dough to be worked aggressively – pulled in straight, quick, tugs with no twisting or waving.
8. The long strands also symbolise longevity, making these noodles a popular choice for birthday meals as well.
9. Other than the traditional soup version, there are now dry and stir-fried styles of Lanzhou Lamian.
10. Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles offers their handmade noodles in 8 different styles – normal, thin, thick, thicker, leek leaf, small flat, flat, and triangle.
Here’s more of the food available at Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles:
Signature Beef Noodles ($9.90, $12.90)
Try the classic Signature Beef Noodles to savour the most basic and authentic flavours, before trying out some of the variants.
Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles uses a soup base that is added with more than 15 spices and cooked for at least 10 hours every day. No additional oils included.
As for the meats used, they are thinly sliced fresh beef shank and brisket. While the shank is normally considered a tougher cut of meat, braising them over a long period of time, makes this meat tender with rich flavour.
While the soup looked clearer and less dark than many beef noodles we are used to, it is no less flavourful and makes a comforting treat especially during the cooler days. No added MSG.
Top off your bowl with a dollop of the Signature Chili that is a secret blend of ingredients, specially imported from China. I would recommend having the soup on its own first, then mix in some of the bright red chilli oil to savour the difference.
The good news if you order a large-sized portion, there will be FREE top up of noodles for a more fulling meal.
Sauerkraut Beef Noodles ($10.90, $13.90)
Their Sauerkraut Beef Noodles offers silky smooth hand-pulled noodle of your choice with a clear beef broth, topped with tender beef slices, sauerkraut, white radish, leeks and coriander.
This “suan cai” bowl is also popular with the addition of Chinese pickled vegetables, providing that piquant and zesty taste.
Mala Beef Noodles ($10.90, $13.90)
The Mala Spicy Beef Noodles are best recommended to go with flat noodles – but up to your choice really.
While it looked intimidating at first, the spiciness was actually manageable with just that slight amount of mala that would cause that kick and numbness to the tongue.
Dry Beef Noodles ($9.90, $12.90)
Enjoy he chewy-QQ texture of the noodles with special blend of savoury-spicy sauces in a dry version – have it with beef, chicken or plain.
The shi fu would hand-pull the noodles upon order – using a custom blend of flour with a higher protein ratio to give the noodles more bite.
Stir-Fried Beef Noodles ($14.90)
If you want an alternative to both soup and dry-tossed version, there is also Stir-Fried Beef Noodles in which hand-pulled noodles are wok-fried with beef slices, mixed vegetables and sauces for a bowl with wok-hei.
Dry Chicken Noodles ($9.90, $12.90)
For the non-beef and non-meat eaters, there are also options like seared chicken fillet and braised mushrooms to add to your meal.
Usually I would find chicken fillets on the dry side, but this was surprisingly tender and moist.
Dry Mushroom Noodles ($9.90, $12.90),
For non-meat eaters, you can go for the Dry Mushroom Noodles topped with braised mushroom which are surprisingly flavourful with smooth and slippery texture.
The other side dishes include braised egg ($1.50) braised beancurd suji ($2), beacurd skin ($2), peanuts ($2), chilled cucumber ($2), fried dried radish ($2) or black fungus ($2)
Or you can just top up $4 for a braised egg, side dish of your choice, and drink.
There are also snacks of Sliced Beef ($4, $6.50), Handmade Prawn Dumplings ($5, $9.50), Cold Beef ($6), Grilled Chicken ($6), and Braised Mushrooms ($6).
For all students, you can now also enjoy the signature noodles at $6.50++, between 1pm and 5pm on weekdays (Mon to Fri).
Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles – Century Square
2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square #01-42, Singapore 529509
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Other Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles outlets:
Chinatown Point #01-43, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413
Hillion Mall #01-07, 17 Petir Rd, Hillion Mall, #01-07, Singapore 678278
Jurong Point #03-105, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-107, 298 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Downtown East E!Avenue #02-322, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
* This post is brought to you in partnership with Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles.