Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yong Tau Foo

Yong Tau Foo Stall

You got to admit that it's hard to find heart-healthy food at hawker centres. Every corner you turn, there are stalls selling char kway teow, laksa, fried carrot cake, and many more oily but very tasty food! Don't get me wrong, these local favourites I love to eat but it's definitely not advisable to eat them all the time. Usually when I'm out, I'd rather eat at hawker centres because it's cheap and yummy at the same time. Thank God food in Singapore is so cheap! Seriously, it's a food paradise here.

Anyway, my whole point is that, while the food is cheap and tasty, it tends to be on the more oily and unhealthy side. That's why I am so thankful for all the yong tau foo stalls all over the island. Haha, Singaporeans, you should know what I mean. Every food court and hawker centre has one. It's so convenient and it doesn't taste bad at all. Well maybe because I love veggies and tofu!

For the uninitiated, yong tau foo is actually a soup dish with Hakka origins. The fun part is that you get to choose what you put in it. But there's normally a fixed but varied selection that includes tofu, chilli, ladies fingers (okra), bitter gourd, kang kong, quail eggs, bean sprouts, sea weed, fish balls, cuttlefish, lettuce, crabsticks. Also, most of the ingredients are stuffed with fish paste and that gives it a chewy factor that I love. So after deciding what ingredients you want (you actually use tongs and put them in a bowl yourself), you let the stall vendor know how you want it served - with soup, dry, with bee hoon (rice vermicelli), egg noodles or with rice.

To find out more about Yong Tau Foo, check out this useful website.

As always, I have my favourite stalls whenever I go around eating my favourite dishes and one of my fav yong tau foo stalls is located at the hawker centre opposite Parkway Parade. I love the stall's name: Kara OK Yong Tau Hoo. And you know what? It's really cheap there as well. One piece of ingredient costs only $0.25. Normal prices elsewhere can range from $0.30 to $0.40. So for example, one bowl like this:

bowl of yong tau foo

Set me back by only $2.20. Okay, I know it looks darn healthy. But it usually comes with a saucer of chilli sauce and sweet brown sauce, so you dip the ingredients in as you like it. I love having soy beans in my soup too, that's why I like this stall at Marine Parade. It's awesome. I know you can't go wrong with yong tau foo since it's so so simple but hey, you got to have a good soup base and fresh ingredients or else the entire dish wouldn't taste good!

So there you have it, a heart-healthy dish that ranks rather high in my favourite foods list. I just had another bowl today, after running at East Coast Park. Yummm... Try it out, why don't you.


Ocean said... a yong tau foo lover too! should try the one at tanjong pagar market...called rong xing cooked food if im not wrong. it opens from 7am to 230pm.

eastcoastlife said...

Cheryl, welcome to Marine Parade Hawker Centre! he he..... my territory. Remember to get teh tarik fm my brudder!
Oh, go try the Royce' chocolates!

:: Pastry Girl :: said...

same here! I love Yong Tao Foo.. Been eating that very often during my attachmt at Novena Sq for $3.50 a bowl though cos its at Food Court. Try the one at Bedok Central it cost $2 only! :)

Anonymous said...


I heart yong tau foo too, though my friends laugh at me with my sea of greens - something like yours! they say i eat like a cow/rabbit, but of course we must have a balanced diet, with all the sinful food around...

i go to the marine parade one, as well as bedok interchange! try that too!

Anonymous said...

me also yong tao foo fan! if u r at bukit timah hawker center, try it(cant remember that stall's name, but there is only 1 there).

Anonymous said...

i dont even live in singapore but I love yong tao foo eat it whenever i visit at all the food courts..takashimaya,plaza singapura and scotts too..that and
hainanese chicken rice..they have yong tao foo in nyc where I live at Jaya malaysian not a patch on all the sing food courst

Anonymous said...

Hello there. I am addicted to Yon Tau fu :) simply love it

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