Saturday, 11 January 2014

Ipoh Road Hakka Yong Tau Fu @ Wangsa Permai, Kepong

To those that have been following my blogs for some time now, you would have noticed that I have been to this restaurant a number of times now and yes, this is my favourite place to get my Hakka Yong Tau Fu fix. Over the years, I have seen so many changes happen here and now, this place is managed by a group of Bangladeshis and is being manned by a few local Chinese workers. The other prominent change here is that it has also become a Pork Free restaurant as all their Yong Tau Fu is prepared using fish only but they do not have the Halal status as they serve beer. With that change, they have started receiving a number of Malay customers too and it is definitely a great move for them as it opens them up to a much larger market. 

Restaurant Ipoh Road Hakka Yong Tau Fu in Wangsa Permai

Parking Area Just Outside

Interior of the Restaurant

They are mostly full house during peak hours
Although address wise this place is located in Wangsa Permai, you would have to use the Desa Aman Puri entrance road to reach this place. Assuming you were coming from the LDP, at the end of the road after the Sri Damansara Toll, head straight at the traffic lights. From there, you would need to pass another set of traffic lights which is just 300 meters from the earlier one and further up, when you come to the next lights, turn left. This is a T junction. Once you turn left, keep left and head straight for 500 meters and you would find this restaurant on the left. It is quite difficult to miss this restaurant as it is brightly lit up at nights. The restaurant is a no frills restaurant and it looks more like a warehouse that has been converted to a restaurant. It is just a large structure built on private land with very clear signages at the entrance. Parking is also not a problem as they have large land space outside the restaurant. Do note that during the peak hours, they are mostly running full house and it is best to time yourself so that you do not end up waiting a long time for food.  

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Chit Used For Ordering
Nowadays, with the removal of Pork from their offering, they had printed the menu that you see above in the Malay language. This was not there previously and it seems that they are quite serious in attracting the Malay customer base to their restaurant. Once the items and their quantity had been decided, the above chit is used to record the orders and then the waiters would come and pick it up from you. Ordering is as simple as that. 

Kampung Koh Chili Sauce is a must try here

Herbal Tea @ RM 1.50
One of my favourites here is their Kampung Koh Chili Sauce which seems to go perfectly well with the Yong Tau Fu. Without fail, I would also order their Herbal Tea every time I come here. Their Herbal Tea is prepared perfectly and rock sugar is used to sweeten it. I would rate their Herbal Tea at 9.6/10 .

A Bowl of Fish Balls and Sui Kau in clear soup
Here they serve their Yong Tau Fu in two different broths. The first is the above soup items which come in a delicious clear soup. 

Fish Ball @ RM 1.20 each

Sui Gau @ RM 1.20 each
Previously, all their Yong Tau Fu items were priced at RM 1.10 each but as of the 1st January 2014, they have increased the price by 10 cents per item. Both their Sui Gau's and Fish Balls are really good and they are free from Boric Acid making the Fish Ball to be extremely soft and almost cotton like. I would rate their above items at an average of 9.5/10 .

Fried Fu Chok @ RM 1.20

Fried Sui Gau @ RM 1.20
Both their Fried Fu Chok and Fried Sui Gau's are a must try. The Fu Chok comes with a fish paste filling and the Fu Chok is rolled around it making it a rather unique preparation. The Fried Sui Gau is fried to the right level of crispness and the flavours are truly wonderful. In most places, the aftertaste of oil is usually there  but here, you do not get that. I would rate both the above items at 9.5/10 .

Yong Tau Fu in Hakka Style Broth
The other broth here is the above Hakka style dark broth. Usually, Hakka Yong Tau Fu is eaten with white rice and they use the above dark broth to flavour the rice. Here at this restaurant, you have an option to go with or without rice but you would observe most of their Chinese customers opting for the white rice. The broth for one is very delicious and is wonderfully flavoured with starch and soy sauce. 

Lady's Finger (Okra) @ RM 1.20 each

Bitter Gourd @ RM 1.20 each

Fried Tofu @ RM 1.20 each

Steamed Tofu @ RM 1.20 each
The above are the items that we ordered in the Dark Broth. Besides the above, they also have the stuffed Chili's and stuffed Egg Plant. All the above items are perfectly prepared and go extremely well with the dark broth. Of course, you also have the option of going with the additional sweet and or chili sauce. I would rate the above Yong Tau Fu items at 9.5/10 .

Chee Cheong Fan @ RM 1.30

Sauces added to taste

All Thoroughly Mixed Up
Besides their Yong Tau Fu, they also serve the above Chee Cheong Fun which is one of their specialty dishes. Here the Cheong Fun is homemade and has a delicious and wonderful texture to it. It is also served with only sesame oil added to it and you would add the sauces, both the sweet sauce and chili sauce to your preferred taste. Another must try item here and I would rate it at 8.8/10 .

Paper Wrap Chicken @ RM 4.50

The Chicken Unwrapped
Another one of their specialty dishes. The Chicken is wrapped in paper with the sauces and spices added to it and then it is baked. The chicken when cooked tends to be very tender and the juices are intact with the sauces nicely seeped into the meat. A very delicious preparation. I would rate this dish at 9.2/10 .

Asam Fish @ RM 6.00

Closer Look At The Fish
Among all the places that I have tried the Asam Fish, this is definitely the best and the taste has always been consistent with every visit. It is served with a thick and sour sauce and cooked along with Aubergines. Another dish that I would never miss every time I come here. I could finish a full fish alone as it is really good. I would rate this dish at 9.8/10 .

If you are looking for a great Hakka Yong Tau Fu meal, then this place is a must visit and you would not be disappointed. Having made a number of radical changes to their place including making it a Pork Free restaurant, the quality of the food and the service has definitely been maintained and I am definitely very pleased with it. For now, this place still tops as the best Hakka Yong Tau Fu restaurant in town.

Address: 1-2A, Jalan Wangsa Utama, Wangsa Permai, 52200 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2230 Daily

Telephone: +603 6276 5885

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