Recently, I’ve been pretty lucky in finding superb value beef / meat places. A couple of them were happy accidents and I am elated to share yet another gem of a find. As of this post, Gyu Nami is only a few days old so it was almost pure luck (with some beef detecting radar skills) that I stumbled upon this place.
I was introducing a colleague to one of the beef-serving stalls in Amoy Food Centre when I spied another stall with a particularly interesting signboard. The best word to describe it was…new. There were no bright colours attempting to catch a passer-by’s attention and instead, it was as plain as day. Which is probably why it stood out. There was however a stunning donburi image, that portrayed generous slices of roast beef. So how could I ignore that?
Alright, now that I’ve shared how I got distracted, let’s get into the meat.
Their Wagyu Roast Beef Donburi ($10) is easily one of the more presentable dishes in the well-known Amoy Food Centre (which is slowly being permeated with stalls serving more modern cuisine) and who doesn’t love a good-looking pile of roast beef? Diners are greeted with a deceptively small (which means it isn’t) mound of Japanese / sushi rice that’s been covered with multiple layers of Wagyu roast beef, all of which have been cooked to a tender medium. An onsen or slow-cooked egg is then placed on top, with creamy white sauce drizzled over the little beefy monument. As part of their opening promotion, I was treated to a tiny serving of freshly shaved black truffle (they actually shave it in front of you).
So it looks good but how does it taste? Judging from the texture and tenderness, I’m guessing that the marbling score (MBS) isn’t higher than 3 or 4. The quality however is easily acceptable. The beef is tender enough to cooperatively tear apart with a couple of bites and the flavour is exactly what medium roast beef should be. What I really love is the generous serving of beef. Firstly, they were not paper thin and I think there were at least five slices, each about the size of my palm (without the fingers). So that’s a lot of roast beef and even without being Wagyu, I dare to say that it’s well worth the price.
I did wish there was more sauce for the rice because it quickly became just plain rice after the beef was done. While it wasn’t the best Wagyu I’ve had, it was possibly the best ten-dollar beef bowl I’ve come across. 8.8/10.
The staff were very nice but maybe it’s just the novelty of running a hawker stall? They do give off that inexperienced vibe, but if their passion and food quality is taken into consideration, I wouldn’t be surprised if they stick around for a long time.
For those who have never been to Amoy Food Centre, it’s a 2-storey building that houses some of the more popular hawkers in Singapore. It’s warm, crowded (especially during lunch) and chances are you’ll be sharing your table with complete strangers. But that’s also what makes these melting pots of amazing food magical.
Should You Try It?
$10 for a bowl weighed down by layers and layers of Wagyu roast beef? I say yes, please give it a shot!
7 Maxwell Road
#02-126, Amoy Street Food Centre
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lunch)
Mon – Fri: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner)
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