We were in Air Itam area on a lazy Sunday afternoon and since we were nearby Kafe Pantai Timur, we decided to stop over there for lunch. Located in the residential area of Paya Terubong, this coffee shop is home to many hawker stalls which mostly operate in the night. Among the sea of stalls includes the Pei Pa Duck stall.
It was relatively quiet, with only one stall selling Yong Tau Foo – an assortment of ‘ yeong liu’ which has fish paste stuffed in a variety of vegetables.
Crispy-crunchy right from the wok!
Let’s get straight to the Yong Tau Foo we savored that afternoon!
There were plenty of choices to choose from with fried items and soup items along with stewed pork! Sizable portions of vegetables were available, among them lady fingers, bitter gourd, red chilies, brinjals and silky soft tau foo! All of them came with a reasonable amount of fish paste stuffing.
Bitter gourds, a must have for my family!
Next up was the selection of fried items! There were plenty of deep fried items to choose and picked from – wantan, tau foo pok, sui kow and foo pei (fish paste stuffed tofu sheets). To maintain its freshness, most of the yong tau foo were made on the spot!
Fish paste placed onto the tofu sheets, rolled up and subsequently deep fried!
Foo pei right out of the wok!
Assorted fried fishcakes and fish balls available
Deep fried tau foo pok, with its crunchy yet chewy texture!
The pieces of deep fried Yong Tau Foo were served hot and crispy-crunchy. Although there was an endless variety of Yong Tau Foo, I particularly like the stuffed foo pei and fragrant soft brinjal. My personal preference is to dip it quickly in the soup to soften them a little.
For those who prefer non deep fried items, your selection will be cooked in a tasty boiling soup and served in the bowl of soup garnished with chopped scallion. The Yong Tau Foo is great to go with rice or just eaten on its own. The dish is served with a distinctive brown sweet bean sauce and chili sauce for dipping.
Yong Tau Foo in a bowl of soup, simply delicious!
We also ordered their sui kow soup. The dumplings with generous portion of fresh prawns were good except for the thick wrapper. For those who like some greens, do add-on the vegetable, Choy Sum.
More of other items – sui kow & soft tau foo with vegetable
Besides Yong Tau Foo do try their specialty, pork leg vinegar cooked in sweet black vinegar and ginger, more commonly known as Tu Kah Chor in Penang. The meat was tender and flavorful with the black gravy seeped deep into it. The taste was on the sweeter side with a lovely spicy flavor from the dried chilies that made it good. It was perfect with rice!
On the whole, this outlet serves up a simple and satisfying meal. The place was quite empty as we were early, however it wasn’t long before people start heading in. Whenever I have a craving for Yong Tau Foo, I will usually head over to Kafe Pantai Timur! The Yomg Tau Foo is different compared to those sold in Ipoh, however it is among the better ones around Penang. Click here for the Map Location.
Yong Tau Foo Stall
Kafe Pantai Timur
(New) Business Hour : 1.30pm till 9.30pm
Closed on Monday
GPS Coordinates : N5 23.660 E100 16.614
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