The Stall next to Rochor Beancurd: So which is better?



When I got to Short Street, there was a long queue at Rochor Original and not many people over at the stall next door. So the obvious question was, should I just go over to the new stall? Only one way to find out and that is to try both.

Before we get to the verdict, you might be curious about what is the story behind the two competing stalls.........

Once upon a time, a beancurd seller had 4 children. They were working as a happy family until some dispute over shares of the company and the four children split up to start their own business. The 2nd and 4th brothers operated Rochor Original at Short Street and spawned a branch at Sims Ave. The oldest brother left to start Rochor beancurd House with the same logo over at Geylang. The 4th brother then had a dispute with 2nd brother and left the Original stall and opened Beancurd City first in Jalan Besar then a 2nd stall just next to Rochor Original and that became big news last year. He has subsequently given up the one next to Rochor Original. So now the stall is taken over by the 3rd sister (who used to be helping 4th brother) who has started her own brand which is not yet confirmed (actually it should be ready by now, please let me know if you have been down there this New Year).

So much for the story, let's get down to the beancurd. The new stall's beancurd is slightly smoother then the Original Stall but the taste is slightly more diluted. The sugar has a bit more colouring in it. The truth of the matter is that I blindfolded my wife and her parents and asked them to guess which is which and they got it wrong 50% of the time, which really proves that they are very similar in taste and texture. (I however, managed to pick the subtle differences blindfolded and lived to tell you about it)I rate both 4.25/5



There you go, the one on the left is Rochor Original and the one on the right is the new stall. The only real difference you can see is the color of the syrup.

Conclusion

Just go for the one with the shorter queue!

There must be a better Beancurd in Singapore and I am determined to find it! Let me know if you know yah?

The Stall that used to be Beancurd City
4 Short Street
Noon till midnight

To read more about the family story please click here

18 comments:

tigerfish said...

Is it ginger syrup ?

ieat & itreat said...

No, not ginger syrup. Just orange coloured syrup. Probably from the colour of the sugar used.

sh said...

ah..i've heard the history from my aunt and one night we went to try them all out. i labelled the container with letters (abc etc). (beancurd city, original rochor beancurd at short street, and the 2 beancurd places at geylang).
the original rochor beancurd at selegie came out as the winner. hahaha

ps. the lettering thing didn't work for beancurd city since they labeled their container. ...

tigerfish said...

It's been a long time since I've had Rochor "tau huay"..yum yum... .but recently I've had some in the U.S. It's also quite good, freshly-made in a Taiwan store. They drizzle over with ginger syrup. That's why I ask.

Anonymous said...

Better beancurd? Not sure if u'll like this one but it certainly is my favourite: Blk 201 Tampines St 21, a small hut in between a basketball court and big coffeeshop.

frayed said...

as an smu student with many projects, there has been plenty of opportunity to eat tau huay... the newer shop is now called er yi min, i think. the auntie, caroline, told me the new signboard will be up after chinese new year. its true the beancurd lacks a bit in taste in favour of texture, but the portion is bigger and the atmosphere... more friendly. sometimes she even gives regulars free tau huay.

khim said...

yup, yesterday night i was at the newer shop n saw e name of e shop. a big chinese character "min" wif "er yi min" on its side..

ieat & itreat said...

If someone else happens to be there, do take a pic of the signboard for me and send to leslie.tay@gmail.com! Thanks much much

Anonymous said...

You should really try the beancurd at Geylang Lorong 39.

alight at Paya Lebar MRT station and walk to Lorong 39.

Driving, exit at Paya Lebar PIE.

Food review webbie

http://www.sbestfood.com/Food%20Review/rochorbeancurdhouse.html

junk_foodie said...

Do try the beancurd from Baystreet View/Bayview Street(i can't rem the exact name) @ IMM. You will get to choose btw cake, beancurd or watermelon when you order the main course. I feel that's 1 of the best beancurd i've ever eaten.. another 1 is at Marine Parade Hawker there..

Anonymous said...

I think it is down to who has the best yu char kueh. That would be Rochor Orignal beancurd at Selegie I think.

ieat said...

But they are all outsourced, although they do make the You Char Kway on site.

zentan said...

Hi doc, I am doing a school project on family business internal conflict. is it possible to relink me to the where i can read more about the family or you have some articles u can send me? The link you provided ain't working unfortunately :(

Please help! Thanks!
Zentan@gmail.com

Porkie Pie said...

Went there tonight. I think Beancurd City is slightly better than this. Still very good beancurd though.

cactuskit said...

Porkie Pie, you're beandurd fan! Should try to make your own tau huay. Follow Leslie's recipe, results better than those outside that I've eaten. I'm a tau huay lover myself. : )

Anonymous said...

Dunno about the bean curd. But the you tiao at the stall next to rochor bean curd definitely does it for me! Thin crispy dry crust & fluffy inside. It beats the saggy you tiao at rochor hands down!

Anonymous said...

Hi! i hv eaten alot of tau hwey b4 too, esp tis rochor branch. but my fav has to be de tau hwey at Hougang Green mall, its a small tau hwey n pastry shop called A&E if i rmbe correctly. ter used to b another branch at sembawang shopping centre in de past but after de shopping centre got renovated, dun no whr it went.

i say tis is de best bcos it doesnt hv tt hard-to-describe unpleasant taste of some tau hwey. for e.g. whn u eat Mr. Bean's tau hwey, thr is tis faint unpleasant taste. de rochor one has lesser of tis taste but de one at Hougang Green is absolutely de best, totally smooth n absent of tis unpleasant taste. Trust me, try it!

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