My bowl of noodles is pink in colour.
Yen Ta Fo, also known as the Chinese equivalent of Yong Tau Foo or the ‘pink soup noodle’ in Thai, is characterized by Thai rice noodles soaked in a pink and mildly sweet sauce.
With 28 outlets in Bangkok and 2 stores in Laos, Singapore welcomes the first outpost of Yentafo Kruengsonge which specialises in “Yen Ta Fo” Noodles Store, at Orchard Cineleisure Level 2.
The brand has launched two more outlets – One@KentRidge and Kallang Wave Mall, to cater to more customers in different parts of Singapore
This is for those craving for some authentic “Rod-Jeb” Thai spiciness in their lives.
While the pink colour may seem all gimmicky at first, owner Madam Mallika uses natural ingredients such as fermented red tofu and cooked Thai red rice in her own recipe.
The lean menu consists of Noodles (Yen Ta Fo) dishes that comes in both soup and dry versions: Yentafo Kruengsonge with 9 ingredients ($8.50), Thai Yentafo with 5 ingredients ($6.50), Thai Tom Yum ($9), Kway Teow Kruengsonge ($8.50).
3 levels of spiciness are available for the Yen Ta Fo: “Dek-Dek” (non spicy), “Jai-Soh” (spicy) and “Rod-Jeb” (screaming spicy).
Now, which to choose…?
I preferred the “Jai-Soh” (spicy) level, which added some twist to the sweetish pink sauce and lifted the flavours of the overall ingredients.
While pig blood is unavailable in Singapore, a slightly sweet glass jelly is used as a substitute, and adds a different and pleasant element to the dish.
Though I know some found the jelly “weird”.
My overall favourite dish was the Thai Tom Yum Noodles Soup ($9) which was more than just the usual sour and spicy.
Aroi mak mak. There was a distinct refreshing and citrusy taste to the soup, every mouthful was very appetizing.
A selection of appetisers such as Salmon Skin, Sesame Wings and Rice Crisps were available, each reasonably priced between $5 and $7.
The one that stood out most was the Yum Crispy Salmon Skin ($7) served with addictive Spicy Yum Sauce.
The sound of the thin, crispy and crunchy salmon skin was memorable and still echoed in my head.
Jiak png (rice eater) lovers can choose between the Chicken Panang Curry with Rice ($8.50) and the Cai Pad Krapow ($8.50).
My table challenged ourselves to the latter which was served with the maximum level of spiciness.
Don’t play play, the first mouthful of basil chicken may seem like a child’s play but the spiciness slowly kicks in and explodes in the mouth after a minute or so.
And the burning sensation did linger for quite awhile in our mouths.
Yentafo Kruengsonge may be a new player in Singapore’s market but I believe that it will gain popularity quickly with its quality and pricing. More to come.
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B, Singapore 239695
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
1 Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-09 & #01-19/20, Singapore 119082
Tel: +65 6334 6029
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Mon – Sat)
Kallang Wave Mall
1 Stadium Place, #01-15/K7, Singapore 39762
Tel: +65 6702 7344
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Visit his instagram for all things [NEW].