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This circuit breaker season, as we all continue to stay home, I’m hunting down delicious food you can order in easily with a budget of around $20 including delivery fee & enough to feed 2 – 4 people. This week, I recommend a stall called Yuan at Ghim Moh Market that specialises in Thai stewed beef noodles. I went straight for their recommended signature beef combination boat noodles.
At just $8 for a hugely generous portion, you get a choice of thin or thick bee hoon, kway teow or tang hoon. I went with the latter and it was a wonderful choice. The food was delivered still hot, with the beef broth packed separately to prevent sogginess. The tang hoon, or glass vermicelli, travelled well and arrived slippery-smooth yet springy. And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn’t plain, but rather, seasoned and stir fried – good enough to eat dry on its own.
The great thing about a soupy dish is you can always reheat the broth for a piping hot meal. Pouring the hot soup over, I was rewarded with the mouthwatering mingling of rich beef broth, naturally sweetened with onion, dark soya sauce and spices. The soup was slightly herbal in flavour, which combined well with the garnish of fragrant fried garlic, bean sprouts, shallots and spring onion. Topping it all off was a combo of tender stewed beef shank, lip-smackingly soft beef tendon, as well as slices of beef (beef balls are usually included, but due to Covid-19 affecting supplies, these are temporarily out of stock). Thai gun powder, or chilli flakes, is a must for added kick and I even mixed in a whole container of their chilli sauce which was awesome. Chillies and vinegar perfectly balanced heat, saltiness, sourness and a touch of sweetness to really brighten the whole bowl of beefy brothy bliss!
You can even substitute the noodles for white rice if you prefer. Speaking of which, you might want to try their other signature dish – Garlic Pork Rice. For $6, I was delivered a goodly portion of rice (enough for 2), layered with fried pork strips, boasting just the right meat to fat ratio. Tender and juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, the pork was really well-seasoned. Its taste was umami, a little bit sweet from caramelisation and wowed with its heady blanket of fried garlic forming almost a crust over the meat.
The garlic really took the pork over the top – it was deeply aromatic, yet mellow and not bitter or acrid at all. The chilli sauce I mentioned before was the perfect tangy condiment for dipping into.
For an additional side dish, you can’t go wrong with their Thai fishcakes ($4 for 6). They were bouncy with a good snap and flavour of fish. Studded with chopped long beans and chilli embedded for extra taste and texture, the savoury fishcakes sang when dipped in sticky-sweet chilli sauce provided.
As an extra bonus, during the entire circuit breaker period, Yuan Thai Noodles is pairing up with their sister stall Yuan Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee (which we’ve recommended before) to deliver straight to your doorstep and both are definitely worth ordering, a day in advance for lunch or dinner, via what’s app.
All in all, the food was tasty, ordering in was fuss-free, delivery was prompt and for a total of $21.60, including $3 delivery and $0.20 per takeaway container, it was a good price to feed 3 hungry people.
YUAN AUTHENTIC THAI STEWED BEEF NOODLE
20 Ghim Moh Road
#01-32, Ghim Moh Market & Food Center S(270020)
Open Tues – Sun: 10.30am – 8pm (closed Mondays)
📍$3.00: Clementi, Dover, Buona Vista, Commonwealth, Queenstown, Holland Village and One-North
📍$6.00: Any other locations not listed above
Lunch: From 11.30am – 1.30pm / Dinner: From 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Order by 9pm for the next day delivery (1 day advance order is required)
What’s App text to order: 82003032
Menu and prices can be found via their Facebook page.