My mum used to work around the area of the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh once upon a many years ago.
And she told me about 2 things that were absolutely a MUST to makan there.
One was a Rojak shop that was so popular that it had a ‘queue number’ system and the other was a Beef Noodle stall at Fork Spoon.
And since my first taste all those years ago, I always seem to go back for the same thing.
Even though I may order something different, the basics are the same – noodles, beef & gravy.
Oh boy just looking at it whets my appetite.
Yum yum yum.
Okay so I USED to order just the normal Beef Noodles but I’ve upgraded to have some tendon in the mix as well!!
You actually have a few choices to make when you step up the stall…
Firstly – do you want the Dry (with a thick soy and beefy gravy as seen above) or the Soup. I’ve never really had the Soup version before so I can’t really help you there. Obviously I prefer the Dry.
Secondly – what type of noodles do you want? They have 3 options for you namely kway teow, the wantan-type of noodles and also the thick bee hoon which is the actual default noodle when you order Beef Noodles at most places I guess.
Thirdly – what you want with your noodles. Beef? Beef with Tendon? Beef with Tripe?
Choices choices choices!!!
So depending on your taste I guess some of you might choose something different but it’s probably going to include the beef right… And you can see from the picture above, that’s one tender piece of beef.
I understand from asking around that most the Beef Noodle stalls elsewhere actually have thinly slice beef strips which are quickly blanched so this is obviously something different. If you ask me, this is technically more of a Stewed Beef Noodle. But stewed or blanched or whatever it’s still delicious lah.
I don’t know when exactly I became a fan of tendon to be honest. Must be something I picked up from my Mum & Dad.
But not just ANY tendon will do.
This particular tendon is so soft that I had to pierce it with my chopstick to hold it up for the picture because it kept sliding off like a piece of jelly. That’s how soft it is.
So for you fans of tendon – REJOICE!!
Sorry I can’t tell you guys anything about the Tripe version of the noodles though. Maybe some tripe fans can try it out and let me know how it is… Err.. is there anyone out there that likes tripe in the first place???
Well I don’t know it this is considered an “authentic” Beef Noodle dish… but it sure as hell is a delicious one in my books and I’d have it over and over again for sure.
Beef & Tendon (Dry) Noodles 4/5
Beef (Dry) Noodles 3/5
Things have definitely changed over the years though.
Price has gone up by $0.50 across the board . They used to put Kai Lan instead of cabbage.
But… the beef is still the bomb.
Fork & Spoon Foodcourt (Toa Payoh)
Blk 470 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 (Above Courts)
Operating Hours: 10.00am til 10.00pm Daily