Tau Kwa Pau from Katong is an iconic local dish sold by Say Seng (or Sheng Cheng) Tau Kwa Pau which started in 1959. The popular stall has moved quite a number of times. It now can be found in the Dunman Food Centre.
The tau kwa pau stall was operating in a coffee shop at the East Coast Road-Joo Chiat Road junction for many years and had built up a loyal following. It then moved to the 126 Beer Garden Foodcourt @ East Coast Road and then to the Tanjong Katong Village Food Centre, both of which are now defunct.
The shop selling the stuffed fried beancurd is currently in the basement level of Dunman Food Centre, with the signboard proudly proclaiming – “Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau ‘ORIGINAL‘ since 1959″. Dunman Food Centre is a small old 2 storey hawker centre at the junction of Onan Road and Dunman Road.
Say Seng at Dunman Food Centre sells Teochew braised duck rice and a variety of food including pork belly, pig’s tongue and intestines, fish cakes and fish balls. The main attraction is still the Tau Kwa Pau. The price is now $2 each but it is a big piece of bean curd and the filling is quite generous.
The crisply fried bean curd is stuffed with chopped up fish cake, meat, egg, cucumber, fried yam and other ingredients. Duck rice gravy and chilli sauce complete the dish. The mix of a variety of tastes and textures of the ingredients makes the old school snack item a really delectable one. Even at the increased price of $2 it is definitely one for the list of cheap and good food in Singapore.
Say Seng Tau Kwa Pau
Dunman Food Centre
271 Onan Road #01-05 (basement),
Tel: 9488 7736
Opening Hours: 7 am to 4.30 pm
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