Tian Ji Niang Dou Fu – I Love Their Laksa Yong Tau Foo!
Yong tau foo is the perfect dish to eat on a chilly day, or really, anytime of the day. I love the soup version, together with a side of sweet sauce and chilli to dunk the fried items in. This combination always leaves a wide smile on my face. Located in Seah Im Food Centre, Tian Ji Niang Dou Fu was established 9 years ago. Tian Ji is one of the more popular stalls there, and sells delectable bowls of yong tau foo that comes in laksa soup or original clear soup. Their laksa yong tau foo, which is quite a hit, was what I was after when I popped by.
The Laksa Yong Tau Foo ($3.50/$4/$5) was pretty amazing. The fried house-made pieces are pre-determined so you don’t get to choose what you want. There’s a mixture of fried ngoh hiong, fried tofu, fishball, fish paste in beancurd skin, fried wanton, and tau pok stuffed with fish paste. I could taste the freshness in each bite of the yong tau foo. Despite the soup being slightly more watery, it was still packed with flavours. It paired really well with the fried yong tau foo which soaked up the soup easily. I would’ve preferred a stronger coconut flavour in the soup, though. The soup was just mildly spicy, so don’t worry about your mouth and stomach burning after.
My favourite pieces were the fish paste in beancurd skin, and fried wanton. The fish paste was very fresh and tasty. The fried wanton was crispy, but could use a little more filling. The yellow noodles were springy and did not have that alkaline taste that most people dislike.
I enjoyed the original Yong Tau Foo Soup ($3/$4/$5) too. While the soup from other stalls taste strongly of just soybeans, the soup here carried both the sweetness of cabbage, and the distinct notes of soybeans. They must have boiled the soup for a long time to fully extract the flavours, judging from its dark colour. A sprinkling of fried garlic and its oil made the soup more fragrant. The same yong tau foo pieces that were found in the laksa, could be found in this version too.
You can choose to add mee pok, mee kia, laksa bee hoon, bee hoon, kuay teow, bee tai bak, or rice for an additional $0.50. Note that they don’t offer a wide selection of yong tau foo items. If you’re not so particular about variety, this stall should satiate any yong tau foo cravings that you have.
Tian Ji Niang Dou Fu
Address: 2 Seah Im Road, Seah Im Food Centre, #01-52, Singapore 099114
Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm daily
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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