Truth be told, beef isn’t exactly a staple in Chinese cuisine in the Northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Growing up in Penang I could probably count with one hand the number of beef serving hawker stalls there operating on the island at the time.
Luckily, when they do serve beef, it is often not disappointing. Case in point – the old beef noodle stall at Taxi Station in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah
From what I can gather, this beef specialty stall is manned by Mr Tan, who is now over 80 years old. The stall was originally started by his father in 1950, with the current location now manned by him & the brother since 1974. Chances are most of the customers were not even alive yet when the first cow is scarified for this stall.
mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle
There main offering is beef slice, tripe, brisket, tendon, and beef ball (most often called mixed beef soup) to go with with noodle or if you’re hungry – rice. We opted for the latter when my brother brought me there for lunch some weeks back.
The old master definitely got everything all figured out, the soup is flavorful but not over powering, with the beef cooked just so and not overly done, the tendon was soft, and the garnish supporting the dish perfectly. I also enjoy their unique sambal condiment. Overall this was just a very pleasant dish to have, doubly so on a rainy day.
old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered
I recommend anyone who find themselves at Sungai Petani to give this a try, unless you don’t eat beef.
Address: Beef Noodle at Taxi Station Bangunan PKNK, 12 A, Jalan Petri, Taman Pekan Baru, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.639290, 100.487675 Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Shin Kee beef noodle at Pudu is one of those stalls that has been around for a long time that I’m pretty sure the surrounding area has seen more changes than inside the small restaurant itself over the years.
Shin Kee beef noodle near Petaling Street
After all, the only significant difference Shin Kee is now compared to years ago is the addition of air conditioning & a slight extension to seating areas, which is welcomed by customers for sure.
The selection here is quite simple – dry/wet with several types of noodle to choose from, including yellow noodle, mihun, kuih teow, and the all important “lou she fun”.
For lunch, I picked the dry version of lou she fun which comes with a side of beef balls, tripe, and some sliced beef. The clear soup is surprisingly flavorful despite its look, and the beef ball springy and rather tasty. Blending the minced meat to the noodle gives it a more complex and character which I really enjoyed as well. The only thing missing here is the availability of extra beef tendon, really.
Ahfa having that “give me my food now” moment
In addition to the “mixed” beef noodle that we had, you can also opt for only beef balls or beef slices as well. A normal portion goes for RM 7, while “extra” goes for RM 9. I recommend spending those extra RM 2 everytime.
Whenever I think of beef noodle, like most people, I usually think of Ngau Kei at Tengkat Tong Shin, and to a lesser extend, Soong Kee at Lot 10. Little did I realise that one of the better beef noodle stalls is located just a couple kilometers away from home, at Seapark’s Restaurant Tong Fong.
restaurant Tong Fong at Seapark, PJ
The restaurant is of a kopitiam set up and located right behind KFC at Taman Paramount, or Seapark (these two names are pretty much interchangeable). At the corner of the stall, right by the entrance, is the beef noodle stall that offers mixed beef noodle, beef ball noodle, wantan noodle, pork ball, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, braised sirloin with radish.
beef noodle with radish soup
The braised sirloin with radish soup is something that I haven’t come across before. With the meat so tender and radish absorbing the flavor of the beef, it was quite a hearty stew-like concoction that I find myself liking very much.
If you order the dry version, the thin wantan noodle is topped with sweet minced pork and vegetables not unlike the version at Soong Kee and Ngau Kei, and equally as delicious. If you haven’t had this version of radish soup before, you should give it a try.
the “usual” mixed beef noodle, dry version
I’ve also tasted t heir normal mixed beef noodle that comes with tripe, beef slices, and beef balls, lacking only beef tendon (I shall ask the proprietor about that next time) and found my taste buds quite agreeable to this dish.
A meal here cost between RM 6 to RM 10, give it a try if you’re a fan of beef noodle!
Address: Tong Fong restaurant
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.110142, 101.621673 Phone: 016-348 8141 Hours: breakfast and lunch