Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau is back – Now at Dunman Food Centre!
Tau kwa bao is a disappearing hawker dish that many of us love. You probably can find it easily in many teochew duck rice stall in the past. But now, you can hardly find it. It is a pocket of fried bean curd stuffed with delicious mix of roughly chopped ingredients and served with teochew braised sauce. The most talked-about one is Say Seng Tau Kwa Pau.
Founded by Khoo Buck Teck in 1959, Khoo Buck Teck started off selling braised duck in Katong. He noticed that the Peranakans love to gamble, so he created tau kwa pau as his winning bet. As the shape of tau kwa pau looks like a golden purse, that attracted many customers.
They set up their first stall at Hock Ann Eating House, at the junction of Joo Chiat and East Coast Road, where Alibabar is currently located. The son has been running the shop when the father retired in 1989. They subsequently moved to Tanjong Katong Road in 2012 and now, they have relocated at Dunman Food Centre (they took over the homemade kueh shop).
The signature tau kwa bao is still selling at $1.50 each. Each fried beancurd is horizontally sliced in the middle and stuffed until it is overflowing with fried fish cake, cucumber, braised egg and fried yam – all coarsely chopped. Here, the beancurd is deep fried in advance, so it’s not served piping hot nor crispy.
Garnished with coriander leaves and slathered with the same gravy used for braised duck rice, it is served with a bowl of sweet and spicy chilli to dip. Have a bit of everything, from the crunchy cucumber, to the crispy yam, and the soft beancurd, there is a burst of flavours every mouthful.
Apart from tau kwa bao, the stall also sells braised duck rice. The offerings are very hearty with ingredients like pig’s tongue, pork belly, fish cakes, eggs, etc, and their own made chilli sauce is da-bomb! The texture of the skin is soft yet springy to the bite and the meats are juicy enough. The thick braising sauce packs a loadful of flavours from the soya sauce and various herbs used, it worked magic on the braised items.
Say Seng Tau Kwa Pau
Address: Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Road #01-05, Singapore 424768
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 8am to 5pm, closed every Mondays.
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