Yong Tau Fu stalls can be found almost everywhere around Singapore with almost every hawker center and food court has a stall selling this pick-your-favourite-ingredients Chinese dish. The question is, where are the good ones?
I’ve been a regular patron of Orchard Yong Tau Fu for quite a number of years, with my first encounter with this popular food stall at the first level of Cuppage Plaza but I always find the lack of space, the long wait and massive lunch crowd a turn off. Luckily Orchard Yong Tau Fu expanded its operations and opened a few outlets which serve as good alternative for those who wants a taste of some really tasty Yong Tau Fu.
The boss, Mr. Tan Ah Shui, picked up the skills of making Yong Tau Fu from his father when he was very young. They opened their first stall back in 1979 at the now-defunct Yaohan.
It’s latest franchised outlet is located on the fifth level of Far East Plaza and being a frequent town-goer, this is really good news for me. There used to be one at 313 Somerset’s Food Republic food court which I frequent as well but has since changed owners (probably due to high cost of rental?).
The reason why I keep on coming back to this Yong Tau Fu stall is simple – the soup. Having tried many Yong Tau Fu stalls around Singapore, Orchard Yong Tau Fu’s soup easily tops my list of being one of the best. Elsewhere I would usually order the dry version of the Yong Tau Fu but whenever I come here, soup version is the way to go.
Coming back to the soup, I really like its flavourful, peppery taste. There’s also a generous serving of soy beans that comes with the soup. Overall the soup base is alot richer than the regular Yong Tau Fu stalls. I also have to give some credit to their home-made sweet sauce which comes with sesame and very thick in texture. The chilli sauce is just so-slightly spicy which helps heighten the taste of the dish.
Many locals love to eat Yong Tau Fu and Orchard Yong Tau Fu has managed to capture the tastebuds of many. Come peak hours during lunch and dinner, its not hard to see queues forming up at the stalls. In fact, the crowd can be so huge that a queue system has to be introduced to keep things in order. From $4.80 and up for 7 pieces with noodles, it might be slightly more expensive than your regular Yong Tau Fu stalls but the freshest ingredients, tasty soup base and irresistable sauces make it all worth your money.
Far East Plaza