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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tang Tea House - HK Stewed Beef Noodles & HK Beef Kway Teow (No. 400)

I love Tang Tea House.

It has 2 things which I can confirm rock to the max.

  1. The Roasted Chicken (which I will review another time)
  2. Super Cooler (Don't ask. Just order.)

But you all know I'm a sucker for some beef when I see it.
So I decided to have a go at something on the menu that always catches my eye.

HK Stewed Beef Noodles ($6.00)

When I see this kind of noodle dish with a dark gravy like that, I'm immediately going to think of this Stewed Chicken Feet dish my dad makes at home. It's stewed with these herbs til the meat (or in our case, chicken feet) is so tender it's literally falling apart.

And in this case, the gravy is pretty close to what I had in mind.
It was very tasty (if you like the Chinese Herb Stew kind of taste) and this goes very well with the noodles.

But when you see the word 'Stewed' you're going to expect whatever it is being 'stewed' to be soft and tender because, well, stewing takes a longer time so the meat has enough time to break down.

Well the gravy may have been good but that's about all that was good.

Now I know you can't tell from the picture but trust me - that's one tough piece of meat.

And I'm quite surprised at how tough the beef actually was!
I'm talking about literally having to use a considerable amount of effort to tear apart that piece of meat with my teeth. I mean, it's fine if we're talking about a roast or a steak but this is supposed to be a piece of meat that was supposedly 'stewed'.

My sister-in-law, Yana, says that she's had this before and apparently it's improved since the last time.
I'd hate to have had it before the improvement lah like that.

Well FYI, that dumpling you see on the plate is nothing special either.
So you're paying quite a high price for some noodles and tough pieces of meat. And 2 dumplings.

Well  my brother had something else with 'HK' and 'Beef' in the name.

HK Beef Kway Teow (No. 400) ($5.00)

So my brother say this is the bomb.
The dish is tasty. The beef is super tender (No, it was not stewed) and he apparently loves it so much that even the bean sprouts are crunchy.

I personally think it looks a little dry (I prefer my kway teow a little on the wet side) but I tasted a few mouthfuls and it's not bad taste-wise. This was the 'Dry' version by the way. Maybe I'll try the other version next time just for comparison.

And yes - the beef was tender-er.

Adam's Verdict:
HK Stewed Beef Noodles 1.5/5

Yana's Verdict:
HK Stewed Beef Noodles 1.5/5

Azlan's Verdict:
HK Beef Kway Teow (No. 400) 5/5

Well did I get a bad batch of stewed beef? Maybe it's not always that tough?
Well I'll probably never find out unless someone else orders it next time.

So many choices at Tang Tea House. Look out for more reviews for this place in future!

Tang Tea House

359 Bedok Road

Operating Hours:
11.00am til 4.00am Daily


  1. Abih I don't have..? :P

  2. I had the HK stewed beef noodles a few months back, and the meat was very tender. The whole dish was tasty. I guess they improved it.

    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment!

      That's great! So happy you had a good experience with this dish!
      Guess we will have to try it again and hopefully we get a better one this time!

      Thanks again and happy new year!

      Adam Shah
      The Halal Food Blog

    2. you just got another cook preparing it only...try again and again...n again than confirm?? meat tender?? that always trick to make it tender...don't be naïve!

  3. The name very nice right??...HK this, HK that...lol don be stooped, it just local dish...no different