Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Beef House at Joo Chiat

Beef Ball Kway Teow Soup
Sharing premises with Kway Guan Huat popiah stall is The Beef House, well known for its Hakka-style beef balls. These are apparently still handmade, as you can tell from the uneven shape of each meaty ball. I had tried their Syed Alwi branch a couple years back, and remembered the very light, clear-tasting broth. This is even milder-tasting.

But the meat balls, oh my, are so incredibly bouncy and juicy. My first bite yielded a squirt! Certainly calls to mind a certain movie's explosive beef balls. You can also tell they use a good amount of beef versus flour for this, as beefy aroma exudes from both the meat and juice.

I wonder if the tendon balls are even bouncier?

Beef Ball Kway Teow Soup
Close-up of the beef ball kway teow soup. The lady boss of the popiah stall Zita tells me she personally thinks the dry noodles version is better. She also believes this original stall is superior to its branches. The dry noodles I had at the Syed Alwi one was delicious, so I should try the dry version here someday.

Menu at The Beef House, Joo Chiat
The meat balls alone are an adventure, but they do have several other dishes besides beef ball noodles. Their name card has a photo of a claypot dish of beef parts braised in dark sauce. Hmm, I see that they also sell their garlicky chili sauce. It goes very well with the meat balls (assuming you like garlic).

153 Joo Chiat Road (moved from 97 Joo Chiat Road)
Singapore 427389
Call June at 9472-2601 (handphone)


  1. Cat, it reminds you of pissing beef balls in that stephen chow movie? Hahaha! Must try after I go to church one of these days.


  3. Totally agree! Very enjoyable beef balls that is so juicy. The scene from stephen chow's movie came to my mind when I had my first bite of the beefball. lol

  4. Love beef noodles~especially the Seremban one!

  5. It's totally a toss-up... like the weather or our mood, some days I prefer the dry version, sometimes the soupy one --- but if the shop's good? Both versions will taste wonderful! :)

  6. Suddenly feel like eating beef balls. I am thinking of the Scotts Food Court beef shop. Wonder where did it move to?

  7. 217 Syed Alwi. The beef ball is super nice, big and juicy. No.1 in singapore. Must try...

  8. I can't believe this is a real thing!

    I just did a review of God of Cookery. I'll have to go back and mention this is a real thing. :P

    Thanks for the cool post!

  9. Joo Beef house is now at 153 Joo Chiat Road, near the junction of Joo Chiat Place

    1. You can call the boss Johnny 96115363 for locations and reservations.


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