We recently checked out LeNu, a new Taiwanese style noodle bar at Bugis Junction. Here are five reasons we would go back to the causal eatery by Paradise Group again.
Prices for the beef noodles range from $5.90 to $16.90.
1. You are a beef lover
It’s every bit a bovine treat at LeNu, which offers beef in different cuts and parts of your choice including sliced wagyu beef, shank, brisket and tendon. The brisket is our favourite with just the right amount of chew and tenderness and a mild spice flavour coming through.
The special homemade dipping sauce, on the other hand, was more an acquired taste. Made from fermented beans, the sauce had some of us loving its deep, rich flavour, and others finding that it didn’t necessarily complement the dish. But we all agreed it was too salty.
2. A Taiwanese chef is hired to ensure the beef noodle recipe is authentically Taiwanese
Taiwanese style beef noodles are rather different from the usual beef noodles we are used to in Singapore. So to ensure LeNu gets the recipe right, they hired a Taiwan chef specialising in the dish to train local cooks.
3. The broth is very flavoursome
What happens when you spend 18 hours making a stock out of baking and boiling beef bone and beef marrow, combined with specially selected herbs and spices, like LeNu does? You get a really robust broth that’s bursting with rich, beefy flavours. Special brownie points go to LeNu for making their broth less salty to adapt to local tastebuds.
Choose from three types of broth, original, hot and spicy and broth with pickled vegetable. We like the original one as we felt that the hot and spicy was too mild.
4. Standout starters
This one’s a surprise. Who would have thought that a specialty noodle bar would offer so many choices of starters (from $2.60 each) and some stand out ones for that matter. The juicy plum-pickled tomatoes were delectably sweet and tangy and the sweet ikan billis with peanuts were simply addictive. The chilled silken tofu with century egg was a crowd pleaser with its velvety and creamy texture, while the pickled cabbage had a nice spicy kick – well worth the garlic breath after.
5. The noodles don’t get soggy quickly
Take your time to enjoy the specialty noodles here because they retain their bite even after sitting in the broth for some time. There are three types to choose from: the broad and the thin egg noodle and rice noodle.
LeNu at Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street #B1-22 Singapore 188021
Tel: 6336 7965
Lenu at VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk #02-91 VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel: 6376 9039