I first came in contact with Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu when I was doing a Tanjong Pagar Food Centre Hawker Guide, and the chatty lao ban niang left quite an impression, recommending me enthusiastically which items I should take.
Due to the filming of Hawker Academy 小贩学院 for MediaCorp Channel 8, I came in contact with boss Anne again who was the mentor for the two trainee hawkers; while I was the judge of the Yong Tau Foo episode. (You can still catch it on MeWatch Hawker Academy Episode 2.)
Her passion to the craft is undeniable. As the stall opens from 7am, she would be there for the prep work from 2am!
There is so much that goes into a humble dish of Yong Tau Foo, from the soup cooked with ikan billis and soya bean; the braising and cooking of thirty over individual YTF pieces; not forgetting about the homemade chilli sauce which requires strength in frying.
Note: A family member has also opened a “Rong Xing Hakka Yong Tau Fu” located at the Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre but let’s leave the family drama out of this.
Over at Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu, a piece goes for 70 cents here, with a minimum order of $3.50.
Do come before peak hour lunch, as its popularity does result in a long queue. And it is sold out right after lunch.
The best part of this dish here would be the soup with umami, cooked with soya beans for that light sweetness.
In fact, you would find quite a number of soft soya beans within the soup which I enjoyed.
If you are undecided at what pieces to choose from, the all-time favourite includes the meat balls and fried tau-kee.
There are both deep-fried and soup versions of the meat balls, which were all handmade to a reasonably large size, and were quite bouncy and juicy.
My vote would go to the deep-fried balls for a better contrast with of the crispy exterior and meaty fillings. Oh yes, the stall would cut the meatballs into two so that it is easier for the customers to consume without staining their tops.
Another winning aspect is the mixture of sweet dark sauce and chilli – added with dried shrimps. Use them sparingly.
Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu
Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Block 6 #02-04, Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: 7am – 2.30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
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