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22 Feb 2014

Yong Tau Fu Restaurant @ The One Tingkat Mahsuri 5, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Penang [檳城] • 22 FEBRUARY 2014
Yong Tau Foo originated in the 1960s, and is basically tofu stuffed with fish or pork paste. Meaning “stuffed bean curd”, this dish can be easily found in Malaysia and Singapore. Today, Yong Tau Foo comprises of a variety of food items stuffed with fish paste, such as chilli, lady’s finger, bean curd, bitter gourd, mushroom, tofu skin and eggplant. These food items can also be bought pre-prepared at local supermarkets and wet markets.

The Yong Tau Fu seller will have wide selection of items you can pick and normally it goes about $4.50 (Malaysian dollars) for 7 items and anything in addition to that cost about $0.70 - $1.50each. You can have it with a bowl of rice or rice noodles, etc.

 Yong Tau Fu is something that I ate very often. It is a very common food everywhere around the hawker center. It is easy to make and can be healthy too (if you don’t choose a lot of the deep-fried item). Common items in yong tau fu is tofu and bean curd stuffed with meat paste or fish paste, but it is not limited to just tofu and bean curd. Almost anything can be stuffed with meat. I stuffed the big red chili pepper and the bitter gourd with meat, these are the two items I must have to fulfill the definition of eating Yong Tau Fu 

Rice embellished with mushrooms, garlic.  My family loves this recipe! 

The fried stuff are not very oily so you won’t feel guilty after eating 。Chui-chui pok (deep fried beancurd sheets) is highly recommended! Crispy and the slightest tinge of saltiness to spur your appetite.
Seriously anything fried tastes awesome! I'm sure all of you agree with me. 

There are a wide variety of ingredients to choose from that include your regular fried Yong Tau Foo ingredients like fish cakes, fish/meat balls and tofu however there are some of the usual steamed ingredients but whats different about this stall is that eventually, everything is deep fried before its served to you. Its a nice touch and makes it all quite delicious with the gravy. 

The fish paste is traditionally made by beating fish meat, usually Ikan Parang (Wolf Herring) or Ikan Tengerri (Spanish Mackerel), with a mortar and pestle into a sticky white paste. Good Yong Tau Foo is often characterised as having a tender and bouncy fish paste filling. Deep fried items such as dough fritters, dumplings and Ngo Hiang (fried meat roll) are also offered.

To accompany your yong tau foo, you can order noodles or rice. 

Either served dry or in a soup, you can have it with a choice of rice, egg noodles or vermicelli. This clear soup, which is also used to cook the items in, is usually made with soy beans and Ikan Billis (dried anchovies), and has a light and fragrant aroma. To accommodate to local tastes, certain stalls also offer Laksa (Peranakan spicy soup) or curry options. Chilli and sweet bean sauce, as well as sesame seeds, are some of the essential accompaniments when eating Yong Tau Foo.

The deep fried items are tasty, especially dipped with the chilli sauce and black sweet sauce

A Malaysian version of this Hakka dish, Ampang Yong Tau Foo, is also popular in Singapore. Served dry, the ingredients are either steamed or braised slowly, adding a unique savoury touch. Well-known Hakka Yong Tau Foo stalls in Singapore include Goldhill Hakka Restaurant along Changi Road and Rong Xin Cooked Food at Tanjong Pagar Market and Food Centre. So if you’re looking for a healthy option at the food centre, be sure to order some Yong Tau Foo.

Yong Tau Fu is normally serve with a clear broth or you can have it dry. If you have it dry, they are serve with hoisin sauce and chili sauce. Some seller have the curry gravy , or tom yam with addition of $1.00 - $2.00 or something like that.I just love picking out what I want to put in my dish .

Overall tasty food.
Yong Tau Fu 春伯釀豆腐
1-1-11A, Tingkat Mahsuri 5,
11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Tel: 012 - 403 8553 / 017 - 509 8054
Business Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm & 5:30pm - 10:00pm


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