10 Best Yong Tau Foo To Satisfy Your Cravings in Singapore
Yong Tau Foo is a delicious traditional Chinese Hakku dish that predominantly consists of tofu, a mixture of different types of ground meat, and fish balls. But the best part has to be how versatile this dish really is. There are plenty of variants available, with the base ingredients being so versatile and going well with plenty of additional flavours. So if you’re someone who likes to add your own spin to dishes, then this is a great choice.
Whether you’re in the mood for some comfort food, or just simply looking for a healthy dish, it can do it all. In fact, Yong Tau Foo is a well-made and complete dish packed with flavours, so many don’t even feel the need to add anything extra to it. But if you ask us, a little sweet and chilli sauce will take you to delish heaven!
Our top 3 choices for Yong Tau Foo stalls are carefully selected due to their use of rich unique flavours, handmade ingredients, and the best broth available on the market. These stalls make the most beautiful and delicious dishes and have made their way to the top as they are distinctive and innovative.
|Ho Kee Hakka Yong Tau Foo|
Home-made fish sauce
Good quality ingredients used
Two signature dishes to choose
|My Favourite Café|
Plenty of versatile choices
Must try meatballs and mushrooms
|Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo|
Best place for the traditional version
Perfect for fish lovers
Smooth and delectable
But before this, let’s discuss a few things that can elevate your experience with this dish.
What you should know before you enjoy this dish?
- What is the history of this dish?
Time for a quick history lesson! As mentioned above, Yong Tau Foo is a traditional Hakku dish that has been passed from generation to generation. It finds its origin when the “Han” Chinese migrated from the banks of the Yellow River to the Southern Parts. They had to change their diet because of the lack of usual ingredients. So, while it was their tradition to enjoy dumplings on New Years’, they didn’t have access to flour and replaced it with bean curd instead. The rest, as they say, is history.
- How easy would it be for you to prepare it?
This is a really easy dish and even beginners can prepare it without any hassle. The more traditional version has pieces of mincemeat (either pork or lamb) and plenty of herbs. The meatballs are then deep-fried and prepared with fried tofu and clear yellow soya bean stew. But since this dish is super versatile, you can always prepare it with the ingredients that you have at home.
- What activity would go well with it?
The best way to enjoy this dish would be with loved ones. This dish is super delicious and feels like home, so enjoying it with the people you love will be an experience out of this world. Preparing and cooking this dish would also be a perfect way to bond with your family.
- How can you enhance the taste of this dish?
One of the best ways to enhance the taste of this dish would be to add a different mix of herbs and sauces like soya sauce to the meatballs. Marinate the meat for a while to get that extra bounce of flavour. And don’t forget about the soup either. Some chicken broth and oyster sauce will do wonders as the soup base. The sweet sauce or chilli sauce is also a must for getting that complete flavour.
1. Ho Kee Hakka Yong Tau Foo – Most Delicious Option
This is one of the busiest food stalls that you can find in Amoy Street and it’s for good reason. They provide a unique twist to the traditional dish, and it seems that their version is a hit among the masses. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see a long line of people lining up to but their Hakku Yong Tau Foo. You might have to wait for a bit but the wait is more than worth it.
The food stall is popular for its two signature dishes, the Yong Tau Foo with Noodles or Yong Tau Foo with Chee Cheong. With beautiful flavours that go great together, both the dishes stand out in their own league. Both are equally filling and enjoyable, but what makes them better is their price point as they are currently under $4. Both the dishes are popular among the locals, especially among the busy office workers.
And let’s not forget about their homemade fish paste that only elevates this unique blend of flavours in the dish. The quality of the Chee Cheong is also top-tier so the quality of the dish, the taste, and the affordable pricing makes it our top pick for this list. And if you’re looking for a great combination, the fried brinjal and bitter gourd are a must.
|Address||7 Maxwell Road, #02-96 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111|
|Pricing||Prices start from $5.20 for a plate with 7 ingredients.|
|Timings||Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 02:30 pm|
2. My Favourite Café – Value For Money With Customizable Option
If you would prefer to spoil yourself with choices, and custom-make your very own version of Yong Tau Foo, then you’re gonna love this place. They’re located in the Lucky Plaza, and you can easily recognise this place, thanks to the huge line of customers waiting in queue. They’re one of the best Yong Tau Foo stalls, with their huge offering of additional items that are also competitively priced.
And this place is also really popular among the locals. You’ll find that plenty of their customers are those who work in the neighbourhood and regular customers. It’s a great way to end a day of shopping in the Plaza. Interestingly, they make sure to separate the fried items from the broth so that it doesn’t get soggy and this is frankly brilliant.
If you ask us, the fried meatballs and mushrooms make for a great combo. The meatballs are deep-fried with lard and have plenty of flavour. Crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside, which is exactly how it should be. The mushrooms are also full of flavour and complement each other to perfection. After all, meat and umami are a pair that go well together.
|Address||304 Orchard Rd #06 – 046 / 047 Lucky Plaza Singapore 238863 Singapore|
|Contact||+65 6734 6935|
|Pricing||Prices start from $6 for a plate|
|Timings||Monday to Sunday from 07:30 am to 06:00 pm|
3. Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo – Best Traditional Hakku Yong Tau Foo
Serving their unique blend of ingredients for more than a generation, Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo will be your go-to if you want to taste something that is more on the traditional side. It is a family-owned business and their second-generation owner Mr Chang Fang Khiang makes sure that the ingredients are fresh and the taste superb!
Their Yong Tau Foo is Teochew fish-based, and the addition of fish balls and fish paste makes it the best choice for fish lovers. They make sure that all of their fish balls are made fresh by hand. And we must admit that machine-made fish balls can’t compare at all. The flavours are super-rich, and they just melt in your mouth. But the highlight of the dish has to be how smooth yet full of texture this dish is.
Their Special Yong Tau Foo is cooked with ikan bilis and soybeans along with rare combinations of ingredients. They even have a variant with pork belly and delicious creamy gravy. So be sure to try all of them. They’re all super delicious!
|Address||505 Beach Road, #B1-44 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583|
|Pricing||Prices start from $4.00|
|Timings||Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm|
If you’re a late-night worker, then this stall is for you! Soon Li Yong Tau Foo Stall only operates at night. In fact, the reason that they work such hours is to satisfy all those who get hit by the pesky midnight hunger pangs. This stall is open till 03:00 am which should make it your go-to stall if you want to snack with your friends before you finally go back home.
They have different types of dishes, with plenty of different portion sizing. However, all of them are well-balanced and delicious so don’t be afraid to experiment a little. The ingredients go together perfectly, and they even serve intestines! So if you’re a fan of that, then pair it up with their signature soup. The chewy intestine and intense flavour of the soup make for an amazing combo. It’s also important to note that most of their ingredients are internal organs and also plenty of fried items.
It’s a go-to for many night dwellers as the queue is longer than you expect even though it is night, it may take 15 minutes. The wait only vouches for how amazing the food is.
|Address||#01-78 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre, Singapore 151115|
|Pricing||Prices start from $7.00|
|Timings||Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 am to 03:00 pm|
Closed on Monday
The Cantonese Delights serve some of the most delicious Laksa Yong Tau Foo. So if you want some delicious laksa gravy, then you know exactly where to head to. The stall is located in the Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, and you’ll find it easily thanks to their crowd of loyal customers. Since the stall is located in a food centre, the majority of the customers are office officers. If you want the rush hours, then you can get your bowl of heaven relatively fast.
The dish is a mixture of Yong Tau Foo ingredients and served with milky coconut Laksa gravy. The coconut makes it dense, yet at the same time filling. Who would have thought that this would be such a heavenly mixture, but it works. The Yong Tau Foo ingredients drenched with heavy gravy give it the most delightfully chewy texture.
The meal filled with the flavours of umami and nothing can beat the richness of the gravy. This would be the heaviest cheat meal but it’s worth every calorie. If you want to eat this meal regularly then you could always avoid the gravy. But do you want to?
|Address||531A Upper Cross St, #02-03, Singapore 051531|
|Pricing||Prices start from $4.00|
|Timings||Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 02:00 pm|
It’s pretty easy to locate Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu. After all, it’s the most popular stall in People Park Complex Food Centre, so all that you need to do is find the stall with the longest queue of customers. And you might want to hurry too because they’re only open for around 3 hours during lunchtime. It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that their main demographic happens to be hungry office workers!
The stall only has one meal combination on their menu, but they still have a huge line. Some people may not appreciate the lack of variety to choose from but trust us. Their Yong Tau Foo is simply put, delicious and their simplicity speaks volumes of how delicious it is. After all, they wouldn’t have such a steady fan base otherwise, would they?
Their soup currently retails for around $4.50 and comes with a mixture of various ingredients from fish balls, fried tofu, fried bean curd and a light soup. This makes a great choice for a light lunch. All of their ingredients are super soft and chewy, so this is the perfect comfort food. You can have as much as you like without feeling too heavy.
|Address||Blk 32 New Market Rd, People’s Park Complex Food Centre, #01-1084, Singapore 050032|
|Pricing||Prices start from $4.50|
|Timings||Tuesday to Sunday from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm|
Closed on Mondays
This stall is located in the old neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, and a great choice if you’re a beginner to Yong Tau Foo. The place is also very artistic, so you can spend your day browsing through their galleries and boutiques, and then enjoy a hot meal. They offer both the dry and soup versions of the dish, and both have their own appeal. But if you ask us, the soup is simply irresistible and adds a different dimension of flavour and texture to the dry ingredients.
The sight of the clean soup and the fried fish balls in it, only add to the visual appeal of the dish. The smoothness of the tofu is also a great addition to the overall texture of the dish. But if you aren’t in the mood for soup, then you can opt for their dry version with some added veggies. It’s a great choice for a light snack on a hot day.
If you’re feeling adventurous, then their Bee Hoon variant is also very delicious, a must-try if you prefer that flavour combination. This too comes in both dry and the equally appetizing soup version. The chilly sauce can also add a new depth to the flavours or serve as a dipping.
|Address||56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore, Singapore 160056|
|Contact||+65 8833 2282|
|Pricing||Prices start from $5.35|
|Timings||Monday to Sunday from 07:00 am to 04:30 pm|
Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo serves the perfect light soup if you ask us. Not only does it have the perfect blend of flavour, but it’s also a really healthy version of this dish. And don’t be fooled by the word healthy, this dish doesn’t comprise on its taste, so you have to have your Yong Tau Foo and enjoy it too, then a visit to Poy Kee is in the books.
It is located on People’s Park Complex Food Centre. It’s one of the busier places to eat, and you’ll usually have a lot of people standing in a queue. But rest assured, you should get your meal in around 15 minutes thanks to their speedy services and great managing staff. The combination of services, as well as the filling quality of the dish, make it very popular among the office workers who don’t have much time to spare or among those who shouldn’t be taking a heavy meal daily.
The dish consists of light soup with filling and noodles. Here, they serve both type of Yong Tau Foo that is Mee Kia and Mee Pok. The star of the show has to be the broth which is filled with the flavours of soybean and fish balls, and the fish paste complements the dish just perfectly.
|Address||32 New Market Road #01-1066 People’s Park Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050032|
|Contact||+65 9106 6106|
|Pricing||Prices start from $3.50|
|Timings||Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm|
Da Jie Niang Dou Foo is one of the rare stalls that provide their customers with halal food items. They are located at Bukit Batok and are flooded with customers most of the time. The stall has many different combinations to choose from and provides a wide variety of flavours.
They are popular for many meal combinations of Yong Tau Foo like the traditional Hakku style, Laksa style, Ampang, and so much more to choose from. Their Hakku style comes with a mixture of fried items combined with their delicious sauce.
The Laksa Yong Tay Foo is a savoury noodle dish served with a generous amount of laksa gravy. The gravy is super creamy and works perfectly with their fried items as well as their noodles. Most of the meals that they provide are drenched with flavours, making it a guilty pleasure for most of their customers.
|Address||You can check out their outlets by clicking here.|
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|Pricing||You can view their menu right here.|
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If you’re a fan of Yong Tau Food, then chances are that you’ll have visited this stall. They’re a household name in the world of Yong Tau Food and is a family restaurant that has been running for plenty of years. With their fresh, affordable and delicious meals, they’ve gained a steady following of customers. In fact, the second generation owner Steven Lee makes sure that all of their loyal customers can experience the same flavours over and over.
With many innovative takes on Yong Tau Foo available in the market today, finding a traditional take on this dish can prove to be tricky. But over at Goldhill, they serve a family recipe that has been tried and tested for many years.
It’s like eating memories as the ingredients are very classic like tofu, fishball, meatball, tau pok and abacus seeds. It is a small shop located in the Changi Road neighbourhood. The shop even provides other traditional meals but we suggest their steamed vegetables that would go well with their Hakku Yong Tau Foo.
|Address||299A Changi Road Singapore, Singapore 419777|
|Contact||+65 6842 4283|
|Pricing||Prices start from $6 for individual plates|
|Timings||Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 03:00 pm, 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm|
Saturday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 09:00 pm
Yong Tau Foo is a popular treat, and we can never get tired of eating all the different variants that are available. Whether you want to try something modern or a traditional meal this list has it all covered. So let us know which ones are your favourite or do you know of some more hidden treasures?
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