Yi Zun Beef Noodle at Joo Chiat Road

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
#01-08, 60 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427726
Online reservations: Click here
Tel: +65 6909 9287

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~$18
Recommended dishes: Yi Zun Ikan Bakar (S$19.80), Sizzling Hotplate Beef (S$16.80)

Hey guys! My head feels like it’s full of cotton wool because I’m down with the flu today, ugh why is my body failing me. Anyway I’ve been in bed alternating between sleep, eating porridge and watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix – finally finished watching Season 3 and now onto Season 4 lol. It’s such a great show you guys, you don’t even understand. So ahead of its time. Also, one of the characters that I love, Heather, is portrayed by Vella Lovell who looks totally like she’s ethnically Indian, but is actually mix-raced black and white.

I know it’s crazy and race is a social construct yada yada but it boggles the mind that she’s not even a little bit ethnically Indian haha

Anyway I wanted to quickly post about Yi Zun Beef Noodle‘s new (ish?!) outlet at Joo Chiat Road which is a lot more of a proper family restaurant than their more casual Sam Leong Road outlet near Farrer Park MRT. I actually went there during Ramadan a couple of months ago to break fast with my family.

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Taken from their Facebook page – you can see it’s a lot more spacious and with bigger tables too

Boy, isn’t dining out during Ramadan always a sh*t show? Like you can’t ever just walk in anywhere because (a) they’re always booked up anyway or (b) the stakes are too high and you just can’t chance it without a reservation because you’d be starving by then. Ugh. But ACTUALLY I realised the best thing to do when you have weekend errands in the Joo Chiat/Geylang area during Ramadan is to buy your raya stuff around 2-4pm and then takeaway lauk (dishes) from Aroma Kampung and be out of there by 430pm before traffic starts getting really crazy.

Before I discovered this life hack though, on one of the weekends when we had to buy some Raya stuff around Geylang bazaar area, we figured we might as well have dinner there. So I picked Yi Zun Beef Noodles since I hadn’t been to their new Joo Chiat outlet then.

Here’s a look at their menu:

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Combos, sides and dranks
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So many dishes to choose from gosh.
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Halal xiao long bao yummm

We ordered the Yizun Ikan Bakar Special (S$19.80) which is a little like those Chong Qing Grilled Fish places featuring a whole fish on a heated platter, bathed in a type of broth and accompanied by other types of veggies:

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Yizun Ikan Bakar Special (S$19.80) – 8/10

So, i thought this was a decent offering. The fish was pretty tender, if a little skinny but gosh S$19.80 is a great price. There was some cabbage and enoki mushrooms, which are always welcome. The broth wasn’t too spicy, it had a bit of a mala taste to it but overall pretty mild so don’t be scared by the colour. Glad it wasn’t spicier because you know, Ramadan stomach. Never forget that one time my friend and I broke our fast on medium-spicy mala xiang guo at TTSH, and died for the next 24 hours. I did wish they had a lot more broth on the platter, which was a little shallow to begin with. Also I wish they had the option for us to top up for additional ingredients like more enoki mushrooms, maybe some tofu, etc. I’d say just a little shy of 8/10. I def wanna go back and try it again, maybe it’ll be better on the second try.

Of course we also ordered the classic Yi Zun Beef Noodle (S$9.80) which only came in one size unlike the Sam Leong Road branch:

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Yizun Beef Noodles (S$9.80) – 7/10

I don’t know why but the noodles weren’t great that night. They got a little jelak for me and maybe I should just stick to the minced meat version which usually always hits the spot for me. The beef slices were okay if a little tough, though I love the tender radish always. The broth was decent. And I almost feel bad for saying this but for Lanzhou Lamian I prefer the Tongue Tip noodle version! So so good. Maybe I’ll post about that time I went to the Tiong Bahru branch and ordered the one with the mala soup. Yum. Anyway, 7/10 for this one.

We also ordered the Sizzling Hotplate Beef (S$16.80) which was really very yummy – the beef was tender and the sauce was like some sort of savoury kung pao sauce, but unfortunately I did not take a photo of it because it came a little later and I was already busy eating then. I have to say I wish they served rice?! So you can eat with the dishes, but no they force you to order the noodles lol.  9/10 for the beef.

All in all not a bad dinner and I would def like to come back for the grilled fish and try other things. I might skip the noodles and maybe opt for the Chicken Xiao Long Bao (S$3.80 for 4) and I really wanna try the Mutton Skewers (S$2 a stick) (edited to add: I tried both the chicken xlb and the mutton skewers a week after this post. They were both DELICIOUS. I would def recommend).

Service was friendly but because it was Ramadan when I went, the guys were pretty slammed and they ran out of proper cutlery so we had to eat with wooden chopsticks and plastic spoons UGH very very not ideal, but I’m sure my next visit will be better. TBH writing about this close to midnight I wish I could have some of that fish now although my throat would probably just get even more swollen sigh.

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
#01-08, 60 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427726
Online reservations: Click here
Tel: +65 6909 9287

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~$18
Recommended dishes: Yi Zun Ikan Bakar (S$19.80), Sizzling Hotplate Beef (S$16.80)

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Yi Zun Beef Noodles at Sam Leong Road II

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station Exit A or City Square Mall!
Tel: +65 6291 6616 (reservations not available for Fri-Sun)

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$12-15 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Crispy Eggplant (S$9.80), Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80), Yi Zun Minced Noodles (S$6.80)

Hey guys! So I’m on day two of fasting in London where we start fasting around 3am and break our fast just after 9pm. IT IS BRUTAL 😭 But an interesting experience I guess. I’m gonna break my fast at Ramadan Tent tonight, where there is an Open Iftar event started by Omar Salha back in 2013. There are usually talks by guest speakers followed by a hosted dinner where you really feel like you get to be part of the community. Excited to check it out!

Anyway I wanted to do an update post on Yi Zun Beef Noodles since I had tried a new dish the other dayand they kind of changed their menu design.

So instead of using those erasable marker pens on the old menu like this:

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LOL so fun you get to feel like a kid in kindergarten

We now have a proper menu and a paper order chit:

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New menu but still with the typos that we all have come to know and love LOL “dekucuiys”. One of my IG followers said it adds to their charm and I kind of agree.

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Sauerkraut is spelled correctly but not “noddle” 😂😂

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I wanna try all these ugh

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Oh man that sliced chicken is my kryptonite. 

So my friend loves the soupy Yizun Beef Noodle (S$7.80 for reg size), while I prefer the dry Yizun Minced Meat Noodles (S$6.80) because of all the accoutrements you can add!

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Yi Zun Beef Noodle Soup on top for $7.80, vs my dry Yi Zun Minced Meat Noodle for S$6.80, and the cold chicken starter for S$3.20. SO delicious all of them.

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LOOK AT THAT DELICIOUS THICK AND SAUCY MINCED CHICKEN UNFFFFFF

I mean so I have been here maybe about 5-6 times since it opened. The first time was disappointing and maybe an off day, and since then it’s been really really good and I even almost feel like they keep improving on the texture of the noodles and the taste of the soup broth. LOVE THIS PLACE.

I also managed to try the Crispy Eggplant (S$9.80):

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Crispy Eggplant (S$9.80) – 9/10

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UNFFFF

Yeah so I LOVE eggplant, especially the sambal belado kinds at nasi padang stalls (SINAR PAGI OH MY GOD). This was a bit of a departure from those mushy types but I still really enjoyed them! The batter is really light and crisp, while the sauce that coats it is slightly sweet and savoury – it’s almost like savoury pisang goreng. I think it’s a great “gateway eggplant dish” for those who don’t really like the mushy texture of most eggplants (I LOVE EM). 9/10

So there you have it guys. Basically if I could come in a bigger group, I’d have the minced meat noodles to myself and share the cold chicken starter, the fish stew with pickled cabbage, and the eggplant. All of these are total winners ugh.

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station Exit A or City Square Mall!
Tel: +65 6291 6616 (reservations not available for Fri-Sun)

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$12-15 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Crispy Eggplant (S$9.80), Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80), Yi Zun Minced Noodles (S$6.80)

Yi Zun Beef Noodle at Sam Leong Road

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)

Hey guys!! Okay firstly are you guys excited about the premier of Ready Player One this Thursday!! I’m pretty psyched! I rather enjoyed reading the book and my friends and I are now geeking out about the movie haha.

Secondly speaking of books, have you guys read The Remains of the Day? It’s this novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro, narrated exclusively in the first person by an English butler who alternates between telling us about his day, and recounting his experiences/exchanges as a butler. It’s a simple premise, but Ishiguro writes really beautifully and by the end of the book I was like 😭 this is so good. Check this out for sure, and check out his other work too called Never Let Me Go.

Anyway so I haven’t been blogging too much because I haven’t really been in much of a mood to, but OMG last week I went to try Yi Zun Beef Noodles again and I had SUCH a great time!!

It’s located at 45 Sam Leong Road, which is like a 7-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT (exit A lol), and it specialises in Lanzhou lamian or beef noodle soup. Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Beef noodle soup is a Chinese and Taiwanesenoodle soup made of stewed or red braisedbeef, beef brothvegetablesand Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. Beef noodle soup was first created by the Hui people (a ChineseMuslim ethnic group) during the Tang Dynasty of China.[1][2]

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I love this photo omg it’s giving me super HK/TW vibezzzz (if not for the parking sign thanks ugh)

The first time I went, they had just opened and about 80% of the items on the menu back then were not available. In fact the menu looked quite different then too! Here’s what it looks like now:

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To order, they give you this erasable marker where you can indicate your choices on the menu itself – no need for order chit omg! So environmentally friendly and efficient, I can’t take it 😍❤️

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Maybe I have a career in hand-modelling like David Duchovny in Zoolander

We started off with the Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) which is a cold dish with the chicken slices in a chilli-oil type sauce:

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Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) – 10/10

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UNFFFF GET IN MY BELLY

First of all, all this for S$3.20?!?! Please, no one tell them about this good deal lest they decide to up the price!! (Or reduce the portion lol). Secondly, UNFFF I really, really liked it omg it was so refreshing, juicy and just flavourful enough! It looks a little fiery but in truth it wasn’t super spicy, just a liiiitle tingle (a little Sichuan flavour I think?). Mostly just enjoyed how tender and succulent it was. I am DEFINITELY coming back for these. 10/10

Next up my friend and I split the Yizun Beef Noodle (S$7.80 for small). 

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Yizun Beef Noodle (Small S$7.80) – 6.5/10

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Okay so the first time I tried these noodles, I found broth really bland and the beef slices tough and dry.  This time around, I’m happy to report that the broth is much more flavourful and delicious, and the texture of the hand-pulled noodles is still decent. Alas, the beef slices remained tough ugh why! I really hope they find a way to improve it – like okay can they just make braised beef or those pho-type beef slices omg. Anything but these tough ones. 6.5/10 😩

For our third dish, we went for the Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80). We were hesitant about it at the point of placing our orders, as we were unsure if we could finish it. However, after a very brief deliberation we decided to just #YOLO and get it anyway:

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Fish Stew With Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80) – 10/10

BOY were we glad we were so greedy, because the fish stew was just out of this world!!! OMG guys, honestly the broth was unexpectedly delicious as heck – it was mayyybe just a smidge salty due to the pickled cabbage, but man it was the best still. SO flavourful and robust I couldn’t help drinking spoonfuls of the broth alone. Fortunately the other ingredients also held their own – the fish slices were crazy tender, and the cabbage provided textural contrast with their crunch. Absolutely loved it, and I cannot recommend this dish enough!! 10/10

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All in all I had a terrific time and I’m so glad I gave this place a second chance after the disappointing first try! I really hope they improve the quality of the beef in their noodles, and for sure I will give it another go in one of my subsequent visits insyaaAllah. You guys will def hear about it (at least on my IG stories) if I do!! 😀

Service is okay, although English is not their strong suit, and sometimes it can take a while to get their attention. There is a 10% service charge but no GST, and you pay up front at the counter when done. I paid in cash so I can’t remember if they accept NETS/credit card, but I’ll find out and update this post. I def can’t wait to go back here!! Go try it soon guys!

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)