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The signature Ampang Yong Tau Foo
Hawker Restaurants J jensen-chua May 16, 2013 7052
Ampang calms your hunger pangs...
(Updated: October 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
2.5
Overall Score 
 
3.0
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 (^___^)//

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
The crispy deep fried tau kee
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
Yummy stuff
My friends from Russia
Archaic receipt (this bill for 2 pax)
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