We were chatting about where to get the best beef brisket and tendon noodles in Singapore, and most friends around the table named Fatty Ox HK Kitchen at Chinatown Food Complex as their favourite. I've eaten Fatty Ox's beef brisket noodles a few times before and it is one of my favourites too.
The huge Chinatown Food Complex has some 150 food stalls, divided into 4 colour (red, green, yellow and blue) sections. Fatty Ox is in the quieter green colour section, facing the outside of the building.
As I like both beef brisket and tendon, I ask for both with my noodles. This set of egg noodles, splashed with sauce, topped with beef brisket and tendons, and dressed with greens and spring onion costs a reasonable SGD4. I added a large dollop of sambal chili (no additional cost) and the set comes with a small bowl of soup.
The generous strips of beef brisket were braised till the meat was tender and it's soft fibres soaked up the beefy juices and savoury herbal braising stock like a wet sponge. It's heavenly to beef brisket lovers.
There were 3 or 4 pieces of these thick jelly-like, spongy bands of beef tendon.
Hours of braising infused the otherwise flavourless tendons with the savouriness and subtle herbal taste of the braising stock.
The generic slender egg noodles were done soft al dente with a gentle bounce to the bite. The strands were coated with a slick oily sauce with layers of savouriness plus a bit of flavours from the juicy beef brisket and the dollop of sambal chili.
Speaking of which, Fatty Ox's house made sambal chili was delicious too - the mild spiciness was complemented with crustacean savouriness held together with aromatic oil.
This clear looking medium bodied soup packs a nice savoury sweet flavour.
Stall holders Mr Cheung and wife originally from Hong Kong have been hawkers for some 20 years and at Chinatown Food Complex for the last 5 years. Mr Cheung serves several signature Cantonese dishes like soya sauce chicken at Fatty Ox and still insists on preparing food the old way.
3-Star Fatty Ox has one of the best beef brisket and tendon noodles in Singapore. If you are in Singapore's Chinatown, this is one of the best treats you can find by a hawker master originally from Hong Kong.
Restaurant name: Fatty Ox HK Kitchen 过桥面档
Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-84, Chinatown Food Complex (green zone), Singapore
GPS: 1°16'57.7"N 103°50'34.4"E | 1.282705, 103.842889
Tel: 9638 5345
Hours: 7:30am to 12:00 noon (Mon and Tues off)
Date visited: 11 Sept 2016
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