What is Yong Tau Fu (酿豆腐)?
Yong Tau Fu, literally means “Stuffed Beancurd” is a traditional Hakka Chinese cuisine where tofu is filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste.
You will see variation of the items including mushroom, chilli, bittergourd, egg plant and other types of vegetable. Some items are deep-fried while some are steamed.
Yong Tau Fu can be eaten either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish. There is nothing fanciful here or any special culinary skills being put to the test as well.
Having said that, Yong Tau Fu is often seen as a form of comfort food and can be easily whipped up without much fanfare.
I have tried numerous stalls of Yong Tau Fu and there is this particular stall, Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu located in Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre that really stands out.
The food pieces are generous at $0.70 per piece and I specifically loved their fried items over the steamed ones. They have a couple of signature fried items like hand-made meat ball, beancurd sheet, beancurd roll, etc..
What draws me further is none other than their umami flavoured soup base where the broth is cooked with yellow soy bean and ikan bilis. The soup base is naturally sweet and flavourful. Needless to say, their chilli and sweet dipping sauce also play an important role in this equation too. 👍
It is always without fail that I will ask for additional helping for the soup top-up each time I am there.
Do give it a try if you happen to be around the vicinity the next time round! Bon Appetit! 😉