Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. A Chinese Muslim style of beef noodles with clear soup and hand-pulled la mian is a well loved item in Lanzhou’s distinct food culture. Lanzhou is home to one of China’s significant populations of Hui Muslims. Hence the authentic Lanzhou beef noodles (兰州牛肉面) uses only Halal beef. The famed beef noodles of Lanzhou has become very popular throughout China and 牛一嘴 Núodle has brought the Lanzhou specialty to Singapore. Judging by the queue to get into 牛一嘴 Núodle beef noodles restaurant at SingPost Centre, Lanzhou beef noodles must also be popular in Singapore.
牛一嘴 Núodle beef noodles restaurant is located on the ground level of the newly opened SingPost Centre. The decor is casual and contemporary. The place is not big and tables are lined up against the wall in the narrow dining space. There is a small counter facing the kitchen where you can see the hand-pulled noodles being made in store.
At 牛一嘴 Núodle you place your order and pay at the cashier’s counter. Your drinks will be given to you when you make payment but you collect your food from the collection point later, when the buzzer prompts you.
牛一嘴 Núodle Menu
The menu of 牛一嘴 Núodle is simple and straightforward. They sell the signature beef la mian, seafood la mian, pancakes, a few side dishes and pastries. A regular bowl of la mian is $8.80. You can top up $3.50 to make it a set meal where you get to choose a side dish and a drink.
The Seafood Noodles looked interesting.
Lanzhou Beef Noodles
I was at 牛一嘴 Núodle beef la main restaurant early and just a few minutes later a long queue could be seen at the door of the restaurant. I ordered their signature beef la mian ($8.80) and the ba bao (eight treasures) tea was given free as part of the opening promotions.
The wait for the beef noodles to be prepared was about 10 to 15 minutes. When I collected my bowl of 牛一嘴 Núodle signature beef noodles it looked colourful and inviting. The ba bao tea also looked good and the slightly sweet tea with a mix of flavours and aromas was soothing and enjoyable.
The noodles were springy and had a clean neutral taste. The broth was clear and light. There were scallions, radishes, chili oil and other ingredients in the bowl – which added colour, textures and a variety of aromas to the broth. The thin slices of beef were well cooked and tender. Overall, 牛一嘴 Núodle’s version of Lanzhou beef noodles had complex flavours which were pleasing to the palate. Having tried a bowl of the beef noodles, I could easily understand why the seemingly simple dish would be so popular.
I enjoyed the Lanzhou beef noodles at 牛一嘴 Núodle. The regular bowl was adequate for a person with average appetite. $8.80 for the beef noodles represents good value when you compare it to Japanese ramen of similar quality, which can sell for almost twice the price. I would like to eat at 牛一嘴 Núodle again but I might have to find a time when there is no crazy long queue.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
#01-136 SingPost Centre
10 Eunos Road 8
Tel: +65 6747 1588
Mon – Fri: 11 am – 10 pm
Sat – Sun: 11a m – 10 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Paya Lebar
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