Thursday, March 21, 2013

Simpang Bedok Yong Tau Foo

Having always been a supporter of Hakka style Ampang Yong Tau Foo, the mention of Simpang Niang Tofu on Channel 5 Makan Places Lost and Found 4 caught my attention and I decided to try it out. According to their website, it was established in 2000 at Bedok market place. Since that location was commonly known as "Simpang Bedok", the food was named as "Simpang Yong Tau Foo"
 
 So, the Simpang Niang Tofu ($4/pax) is actually cooked in the Gong Bao Style but turns out to be not spicy at all. The gravy is darker, slightly sweeter and more fragrant since it has been infused with dried chilli. 


Another difference is that all the ingredients have been deep- fried, so you can't miss that crunchy chewy bite in each nugget of either wonton/fish ball/stuffed green pepper etc....The pieces are made smaller than the usual size and cut into half, and thus more convenient for diners. Their Kang Kong relied on a lot of hae bee but still leaned more towards the sweet side and lacked the spicy kick.



Another of my favourite is their Signature Deep-fried Pork Knuckles aka Ter Kah $16 served with sweet chilli sauce. The  uncle makes sure that the meat are sliced off from the bone when served so that diners won't have to mangle with the knuckle.  As the Ter Kah is stewed before being deep-fried, each slice is consistently crispy, crunchy and absolutely non-greasy. Actually, there are a few zi char stalls with excellent pork knuckles and they are as tasty as or even tastier than German Pork knuckles.
 
Their Assam Fish Head $22 is huge. The fish head was submerged in a sea of red orange gravy that is thicker, slightly sweeter than the usual ones. The tartness of tomatoes which complements the Assam flavor makes this an appetizing dish. However, the fish was not very fresh.


Lastly, the fried bee hoon $5 came with more ingredients than the beehoon. It was definitely more than enough to go around since there were already other "main courses".
This place located in Bedok can be quite far for some people but it is definitely worth making the trip down  for their Yong Tau Foo and Pork Kuckles! Service is pretty fast and before you know it, the entire table will be laid with all the yummy dishes!
 
Simpang Yong Tau Foo ( Only outlet in SG--no Branch)
301 Changi Road Singapore
Operating Hours: 10.30 am to 8.30 pm daily
 
 
 


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