Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore. The old public housing estate with Streamline Moderne architecture is now home to indie boutiques, art galleries and a wide variety of eating places. There are new hip cafes as well as old eateries, like Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu at Eng Hoon Street.
Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu
Yong tao hu (also spelled yong tau foo, yong tau fu,or yong tofu and other variants; or niang doufu (酿豆腐) in Mandarin and even yentafo in Thai) is basically a Hakka dish of bean curd stuffed with ground meat or fish paste. Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu has been selling yong tau foo from the coffeeshop at the junction of Tiong Poh Road and Eng Hoon Street since 1989. The eatery at 56 Eng Hoon Street has been given a makeover not too long ago. It looks neat and tidy. Besides the yong tao hu stall there is a drinks stall and a ngoh niang stall
Below are pictures of the price lists for yong tau hu, ngoh hiang and drinks.
As you can see from the price list or menu above, you do not get to choose the yong tau hu items. The options are simply dry or soup and with or without bee hoon. The basic bowl is $5 and the bigger bowl is $7. Add $1 if you want vegetables.
The system is that you find a table and note the table number. You order and pay at the counter and tell the cashier your table number. The food and drinks will be served to you.
Yong Tao Hu Dry & Soup
We ordered two bowls of bee hoon soup with vegetables ($6 each) and a bowl of dry yong tao hu with bee hoon ($5). The wait for the food was fairly short – less than 10 minutes.
The yong tao hu items included handmade fish balls, fish paste in bean curd skins, stuffed tau kwa and tau hoo. The broth was simple yellow bean soup and quite plain. The fish balls had a nice texture. Every item was nice, especially when eaten with the chilli sauce provided. The chilli sauce, which was the subject of a court case, was quite spicy and very good for dipping.
It is hard to get too excited about yong tau fu. It is a simple dish but it can be enjoyed anytime of the day. A bowl of hot soupy yong tau fu can fill the tummy and help the brain to feel good. The yong tao hu stall in Eng Hoon Street is where you can enjoy the simple dish in a comfortable place at an affordable price. It is comfort food which can help combat stress. At Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu, they won’t increase your stress level but forcing you to make too many decisions – you only need to choose between Yong Tao Hu Dry and Yong Tao Hu Soup.
Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu
#01-46, 56 Eng Hoon Street
Tel: +65 8833 2282
Opening Hours: 7.30 am – 9.30 pm
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