Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore opens in Kallang Wave Mall and, of course, serves เย็นตาโฟ Yen Ta Fo. The Kallang Wave Mall outlet is the chain’s latest in Singapore, after opening in Cathay Cineleisure Orchard and One@Kentridge earlier this year. Yentafo Kruengsonge is famous for its Thai pink noodles and has many stalls in Thailand. It is, however, our first time trying Yen Ta Fo.
Yentafo Kruengsonge in Kallang Wave Mall has an attractive red theme. The decor is simple but the layout is neat and spacious.
It operates fast food restaurant style. Orders are made at the counter and you collect your food and beverages from the pick up counter when your receipt number is flashed.
Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore offers Thai appetizers, noodles and rice dishes as well as desserts and beverages. The menu is not extensive but there is adequate variety. The picture below shows the range of items available.
Their specialty is เย็นตาโฟ Yen Ta Fo or Pink Noodle Soup, which is sort of the Thai equivalent of the local Yong Tau Hu. Kway Teow (or flat flour noodles) and an assortment of items like tofu, meat balls, dumplings and deep fried fish skin are served in a light pink broth. Red fermented bean curd is used in the preparation of the broth, giving the broth its colour.
At Yentafo Kruengsonge, yentafo, comes in two sizes: yentafo kruengsonge (9 toppings, $8.50) and yentafo (5 toppings, $6.50). There are dry and soup versions and you can specify the level of spiciness: dek-dek (not spicy), jai-soh (spicy) and rod-jeb (screaming spicy).
We ordered the non-spicy soup version of both yentafo kruengsonge (9 toppings) and yentafo (5 toppings) as well as hot lemongrass tea ($3.50). The wait for the food was about 5 minutes.
The amount of noodles was little. The toppings included fish balls, bean curd, meatballs, dumplings, deep fried fish skin and vegetables. There was also a lump of chewy glass jelly, which was the substitute for pork blood jelly in the version of yentafo served in Thailand.
The pink broth was light and had a nice savoury taste with a tinge of sweetness. The toppings provided a mix of textures and taste. Overall, the yentafo was satisfying. Other than the unique broth, there was nothing particularly remarkable about the dish. Perhaps the spicy versions would have more kick.
The lemongrass tea came with pandan or ginger. We tried both versions. Each had a good herbal scent and was refreshing.
We also had the Ka-nom Tuay ($5 for a tray of 4) or Thai coconut milk custard. The Thai street dessert was served in small cups. It had 2 parts – the top white layer was soft, creamy and salty, and the bottom brownish layer was chewy, sticky and sweet. It was sort of like the Malay kueh, talam ubi. The Ka-nom Tuay was delicious.
Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore is a pleasant all day dining restaurant for authentic Thai street food. The setting is casual and unpretentious and their prices are reasonable. There is sufficient variety on its menu and you can have a satisfying meal, snacks or just drinks and desserts there at any time of the day.
Update Feb 2017 – Yentafo Kruengsonge has unveiled a refreshed menu; offering new items such as Kua-Gai Chicken and Steamed Pork Rib Noodle Soup.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
Kallang Wave Mall #01-15/K7
1 Stadium Place
Tel. +65 6702 7344
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm