Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo: Good Yong Tau Foo for those who don’t want to wait
One of four yong tau foo (ytf) stalls in People’s Park Food Centre (yes, the crowd here is mad for ytf), Poy Kee is arguably the third most popular stall after the insanely popular Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu where you have to queue like crazy to get your order and the hot newcomer, Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo.
Here at Poy Kee, there are queues, but it clears within 15 minutes which is why it’s a favourite among office workers. Every order is also served as a complete meal — ytf items comes with soup, vegetables and a bowl of noodles — another attraction.
You can’t choose what goes into your order, so a set ($3.30/4.30/5.30) gets you fishballs, steamed stuffed beancurds, fried stuffed beancurds and fish paste rolls wrapped with beancurd skins. The fish paste is flavoured a bit sweeter than what other stalls serve, but you get less of it as compared to when the stall was in its heyday some two decades ago. The items have shrunk in size, but they’re still several notches better than factory-made ytf.
The other nitpick is the less than silky steamed beancurd but we’re really splitting hairs here.
The other attraction is still the well-dressed dry noodles that have a dominant spiciness, as well as lightly sweet and savoury supporting flavours. And of course, every order comes with boiled soy beans and larger-than-normal crunchy ikan bilis. The noodles come fairly springy, though we have had them overcooked on occasion.
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