Where do you normally go for your beef noodle fix? Is it at well-known places like Hock Lam Beef Noodles, Kheng Fatt Beef Noodles at Golden Mile or Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles at Toa Payoh?
We recently came across a hidden gem that serves excellent Hainanese style beef noodles – good enough to rival many of the popular beef noodle places. It’s called Blanco Beef Noodle and it’s located at North Bridge Road.
Like most Hainanese style beef noodles, the ones here come in two forms – soup or dry (gravy). While light, the soup was bursting with rich bovine flavours with a hint of herbal taste. Our order of Mixed Beef noodle soup ($5) came with with sliced beef, tripe and brisket. Both cuts were tender and cooked just right. The brisket was well marinated and had just the right amount of fat, so it had none of that tough and hard to chew texture.
The dry version ($5) was really delicious too. We liked that the starchy gravy was flavourful without being too heavy, especially with the addition of sour preserved vegetables and beansprouts, which not only gave the dish some crunch but also further cut the richness of the gravy. We squeezed in some lime to lift the flavours and all that slippery goodness made for a slurp-worthy meal.
The one thing we noticed about the beef noodles here was the generous servings of beef. The owner certainly didn’t stinge on the ingredients. The chilli sauce was also worth a mention. Garlicky and spicy, it went very well with the beef. We mixed in some of that power chilli sauce into our noodles to further spice things up.
Surprise, surprise, while Blanco Beef Noodle specialises in beef noodles, its curry chicken is very good too. We’re glad we ordered it, as we were debating whether we were over-ordering. For $5, you get a hot bowl of thick and fragrant spicy curry, a big chicken drumstick and some potatoes. You can order a side of baguette ($1.50) to mop up all the delicious gravy—which we did, yes, every drop of it. It would be even better if the curry was served in a claypot instead of a plastic bowl so it could retain heat longer.
Whether you’re after a bowl of flavourful beef noodles or ‘lemak’ curry chicken, you should definitely check out Blanco Beef Noodle. We know we’ll be back again for more soon.
Blanco Beef Noodle
Address: 520 North Bridge Road (opposite Bugis Junction), #01-01, Singapore 188742
Opening hours: 11:00am – 10:30pm