Wah Eng Beef Noodle, which traced its history back to 1948, is now available at British Hainan in the Joo Chiat neighbourhood. The Hainanese beef noodle may be enjoyed at the British Hainan restaurant or at home with takeaway and delivery options.
Odeon Beef Noodles
This may be another story for the Singapore food historians. There are many beef noodles stalls in Singapore making references to “Odeon Beef Noodles”. Those who don’t belong to the Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation probably don’t know where Odeon Cinema was located. Younger Singaporeans may not even know that there was an Odeon Cinema. Cathay Organisation’s flagship Odeon Cinema was built in 1953 at the junction of North Bridge Road and Cashin Street, where Odeon Tower and K. H. Kea Building are now situated. Below is a photo of the cinema from Singapore infopedia
There was a popular Hainanese beef noodle stall at the Wah Hing Coffee Shop opposite the Odeon Cinema. The stall was reportedly started by a Madam Lee Suan Liang in Bain Street before moving into the coffee shop. The beef noodle stall became famous under Mr Kian Teck Huan. Their version of beef noodles or “gu bak kway teow’ with thick gravy made of beef stock and black soya sauce, served with chilli and cinalok (or chicalok), became popularly known as “Odeon Beef Noodle”.
Wah Eng Beef Noodle
Wah Eng Beef Noodle traced its history back to the beef noodle stall Bain Street. In collaboration with heritage Hainanese restaurant, British Hainan, Wah Eng Beef Noodle now serves the famed Hainanese beef noodles from 75 Carpmael Road in Joo Chiat. Online orders for takeaway and delivery are possible.
The menu is fairly straightforward. There is a soup version and dry version and a choice of different cuts of beef. There is also a Special Wagyu Beef noodle for $29.30.
Hainanese Beef Noodle Takeaway
We ordered our beef noodles online for self pickup. We selected Beef Brisket Noodle Dry ($11) and Sliced Beef Noodle Dry ($10).
The noodles came in a two-tier container, with the gravy in the top compartment. Soup was in a separate containers. Limes, chilli and chincalok came with the bundle.
The ingredients of the Wah Eng beef noodles included thick bee hoon, pickled vegetables and peanuts.
There was a fairly generous portion of lean beef slices. They were tender. The thick black sauce was robust and slightly peppery. It was really gooey and would coat the bee hoon well. The pickled vegetables sharpened the flavour of the dish and the peanuts provided a contrast in texture. It was an enjoyable bowl of dry beef noodles.
The brisket muscle and just the right amount of fatty parts to give the beef a nice combination of textures. The beef was packed with flavours without being overpowering.
The lime, chilli and chincalok all would greatly enhanced the enjoyment of the beef noodles. The soup provided was a rich beefy broth that was quite tasty.
Tasty and Enjoyable
Wah Eng Beef Noodle’s prices would seem to be on the high side. However, their Hainanese beef noodles were served with a decent portion of good cuts of beef. The beef noodles were tasty and enjoyable and we would go back for more.
Wah Eng Beef Noodle
75 Carpmael Road
Tel: +65 6336 8122
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