[Bangkok] Constantly distracted by Thai street foods of Tom Yum, Pad Thai and Pad Kra Pao, I admit that I haven’t been paying much attention to “Yen Ta Fo”.
Quite under-the-radar, and under rated.
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The noodle dish of Yen Ta Fo (เย็นตาโฟ) comes distinct with a signature bright pink sauce and soup, the colour said to come from the fermented soybean paste.
As to why and how it looks this almost-luminous pink, it remains quite a mystery to many.
The name would remind you of the Hakka Chinese dish of “Yong Tau Foo”, made of pieces of tofu and vegetable filled with fish paste. The two versions share many similarities.
One of the best places to get Yen Ta Fo at Bangkok is at Si Lom, also a short walk from Sala Daeng BTS station, dotted with pushcarts and small shops.
Yentafo Convent has been serving this pink noodle soup for more than 40 years, so named because the shop is located along Convent Road. (The stretch is home to the Catholic community, with buildings such as Christ Church and St Joseph’s Convent.)
The humble family-style eatery is also listed in the Bangkok’s Michelin Bib Gourmand
The people behind Yentafo Concent is said to related to the founders of Yentafo Wat Khaek – the original stall in the Bangkok city.
There are two styles of noodles offered, the original Yen Ta Fo with the pink sauce, and a plainer Seafood and Minced Pork in soup, both inexpensively priced at 50 baht (SGD2.10, USD1.50)
You can choose from four styles of noodles – rice vermicelli, egg noodles, rice noodles and flat rice noodles.
The unique feature about the pink-sauced soup other than its colour, and that it was lightly sweet and slightly tangy – thus quite refreshing. This is partly because the base was included with tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
The accompanying ingredients provided a myriad of textures, from the small bouncy fishballs, crispy wanton dumplings, soft pig blood curd, to the crunchy kang-kong vegetables.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the Seafood and Minced Pork in soup better.
Ordered with egg noodles, it reminded me of the Bedok 85 Minced Pork noodle soup back home, a comforting treat of clear yet flavoursome soup.
To have a more filling meal, you can add on a plate of “Appetizer Mix Fried” of various fried tofu and corn fritters dipped in a sweet chiilli peanut sauce.
Yentafo Convent เย็นตาโฟคอนแวนต์
36/3 Convent Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand (Sala Daeng BTS Station)
36/3 ถนน คอนแวนต์ แขวง สีลม เขต บางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 3pm (Sat, Sun)
Google Maps – Yentafo Convent
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