First things first, if this is your maiden visit to the stall, do NOT join the long line YET but instead choose the Yong Tau Foo food items first. (Also read: 10 Must-Try YONG TAU FOO In Singapore)
So yes, pick your food before queueing up.
Different YTF stalls, different rules, so go with their system.
Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Foo 喜相逢 is easily the hawker stall with the longest queue at Ang Mo Kio Central Food Centre at Blk 724.
Other popular stalls there include Yunos N Family (Mee Rebus and Satay), Ang Mo Kio Char Kway Teow, Sin Choon Braised Duck, Hong Chong Wanton Noodles, Lim Hai Sheng Cooked Food (Carrot Cake), Centre Satay Beehoon, and Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle.
There are a few styles you can choose here: dry, soup or laksa.
Other than mee hoon and noodles (additional $0.50), there is also the choice of chee cheong fun ($0.80).
As for the YTF items, there are more than 40 to choose from, each ranging from $0.60 to $1.
Note that each customer has to pick a minimum of 5 items (and some can take quite long making this important life decision).
I must say they have one of the most deep-fried choices for a YTF stall. Things are replenished quite fast.
While there are quite a number of negative reviews of the stall, they mainly revolve around the long wait and grumpy hawker. (Come to think of it, quite a number of famous YTF stalls – the pick & choose type, get the ‘honours’ of being reviewed with ‘rude’ hawkers.)
The wait was about half an hour for me.
I tried both the Laksa and the Soup versions, and my vote would definitely go for the Laksa – rich, coconuty-creamy, and when you eat towards the end there would be ‘sediments’ of dried shrimp.
Plus the bowl came added with quail eggs, remained piping hot and considered quite shiok to slurp.
The soup version is apparently cooked for more than 6 hours with old hens, and I liked the soft soy beans and light saltiness of the broth imparted from the ikan bilis.
Wishing it was more full-bodied. Not saying this was no good, as the soup itself was quite on par with several above average YTF stalls in Singapore.
Plus point: I noted that the bee hoon used was of a different type, and remained thin and springy even after being soaked in the soup for a while.
The YTF items that I picked haphazardly (pressure/stress from customers front and back taking their time to change orders) turned out to be fresh-tasting, and even their fishcake had a certain bounce.
I agree that one or two of the deep-fried items could have tasted better if freshly-fried, but no major complaints.
Shall try the dry version with chee cheong fun next time.
Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Foo
724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #01-23, Singapore 560724
Opening Hours: 7am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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