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.

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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.

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

Bitter gourds, a must have for my family!

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang


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!

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong PenangYong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

Fish paste placed onto the tofu sheets, rolled up and subsequently deep fried!

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

Foo pei right out of the wok!

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

Assorted fried fishcakes and fish balls available

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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.

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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 at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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.

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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!

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

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.

Do check out the eateries located nearby, including the Terubong Seafood and Crullers/You Tiao.

Yong Tau Foo at Kafe Pantai Timur, Paya Terubong Penang

Yong Tau Foo Stall
Kafe Pantai Timur
Paya Terubong
Air Itam
Penang

(New) Business Hour : 1.30pm till 9.30pm

Closed on Monday

GPS Coordinates : N5 23.660   E100 16.614

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13 comments so far

 1 

I love YTF! Especially the fried variety (though I know I should partake more of the boiled version, hehe).

CK Lam Reply:

I go more for the fried ones too!

May 4th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
 2 

I feel, the one near Ayer Itam roundabout is more cheaper and nicer. Last time the coffee shop name was asia cafe …

CK Lam Reply:

Will pop in one day to try out the food…thanks for sharing.

May 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
 3 

Oh, I love Yong Tao Fu especially Deep fried tau foo pok. In KL, we call it “chui pei” :)

CK Lam Reply:

Nice to know that too :)

May 4th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
 4 

:) invade into Paya Terubong area? Nice shots.

CK Lam Reply:

You be surprised that there are plenty of food outlets there…will be having a few reviews up.

May 4th, 2010 at 10:07 pm
 5 

This is my dad’s fav place for YTF in Penang coz his workshop is nearby :D

CK Lam Reply:

Good to know, we should pay him a visit next time.

May 5th, 2010 at 9:57 am
 6 

I also always go for soft brinjal and ladiesfingers!

CK Lam Reply:

I love soft brinjals too, not too much on the lady fingers.

May 5th, 2010 at 6:02 pm
 7 

wow I had similar food here in Puchong for lunch but your looked better! :)

CK Lam Reply:

I sure would like to try those in Puchong too.

May 6th, 2010 at 9:03 am
 8 

I love crunchy fried fu chuk!!!

CK Lam Reply:

Haha…most customers tend to have more of the crunchy items.

May 6th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
 9 

the foo pei looks delicious and like perfectly fried ler….golden colors sumore…

May 6th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
 10 

sei..look at wrong timing..so hungry now..~

CK Lam Reply:

Come back for the weekends, then can go makan together cos quite near to your place :)

May 7th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
 11 

Paya Terubong is one place where I am not sure of its location, and its surroundings.
I like YTF in Penang, esp when served with rice instead of noodles, and lots of ‘tim cheong’, the sweet bean sauce.

CK Lam Reply:

You will get familiar with the place once you drive through a few times…not that difficult.

May 7th, 2010 at 8:39 pm
 12 

It’s very hard to find this type of YTF in Penang, not pre-made YTF. I love the ones in Ampang, always had it when I was studying in KL. Must bookmark this place for my next trip back to Penang.

CK Lam Reply:

Do update me with your next trip back Penang. Looking forward to having a makan session together with you.

May 15th, 2010 at 6:40 am
 13 

love your blog CK. i went today, but already closed shop after checking with my fren who lives around the area.
thanks anyways.

March 3rd, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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