Ampang Niang Tou Fu Hot
Ampang Niang Tou Fu serves Ampang-style fried yong tau foo with rice and sauces. Signature iced preserved sour plum drink is a popular side-beverage order. Payment is by cash only. NETS or credit cards not available.
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I have arrived all the way from Tiong Bahru to Katong area to try this but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be (still prefer Soon Lee YTF). The service here was horrendous! She looks very bored and uninterested to be there and impatient with me when I asked about what was in the 10 items in the yong tau foo. I was thinking, the good food better make it up for the bad service. The food didn't take too long to arrive. When it arrived, I didn't find it anything special but the fried
"tau ki" caught my eyes because it was huge and squarish and golden brown. I went for that first. I was disappointed that they do not serve noodles because I much prefer eating noodles to rice.
The price of the YTF was also on the steep side. Okay but I think it is due to the fact that it is homemade and we all know that the word "homemade" warrants a steeper price tag. I am a YTF novice and I have yet know how to tell the fish paste apart from the usual ones but it is indeed a little more bouncy. But to pay a higher price tag and receive bad service for that little more almost negligible bounce? No, thanks. I am bouncing off elsewhere to have my YTF fix!
Ampang calms your hunger pangs...
This Yong Tau Foo eatery always conjures up images of "No signboard Seafood" whenever I think of it. No, it does have a signboard nor do they serves seafood...but it does not have a company name. Rather, their signature dish - "Ampang Niang Tou Fu" is the company name. Talk about strategic straight forward branding - You won't forget their company name...lol
The appearance of this shop located along East Coast Road (near the Exxon/Mobil petrol station) in Katong are really nondescript and chances are you may just walked past this simple eatery and not casting a glance at all.
But the fare here is good, wholesome and healthy. And you can let yourself go easy on the "lower cholesterol" binge. The signature refreshing iced preserved sour plum drink (their only drink) is a recommended meal accompaniment. The main grouse I have here (other than difficult parking) is the PRICE, which is a tad high. For my meal (a family of 2 adults 2 child [8+10yo], 4 bowls of rice, 3 drinks and and an extra order of crispy tau kee), it came up to $30/-. I recalled the bill used to be like 20% lower. Perhaps that explains the relative ease of getting a table and brisk service...peak hours notwithstanding.
But putting the price issue aside, you will like the hand-made fish balls, tau pok and bitter gourd stuffed with minced pork (others used fish paste) etc. If I recalled correctly, a set used to come with a single pathetic deep-fried quail egg. A recent meal there sees two.
And what's the highlight of the dish? It's the ever lovely crispy tau kee. These deep-fried beancurd skin tastes definitely delicious. They are placed top of the plate of yong tau foo – but it is best to take them out of the main plate pronto – so that the pieces stay crispy. The set of YTFs are plated on a "bath" of light broth made from soya beans...quite a contrast to the gooey gravy from the Ngee Fou Ampang Yong Tau Foo at Upper Thomson. The accompanying chilli paste and sweet sauce paired nicely with the main attraction, without taking away the limelight.
After meal, you can asked for the bill from the cashier (invariably the non-smiling bespectacled boss himself) ...and do keep the old-fashioned hand-written narrow longish receipt...it's stylishly archaic. Bon Appetit (^___^)//