Mr Bargain Hunter Says:
The main ingredients of Yong Tau Foo, which are tofu and various vegetables stuffed with minced meat or fish paste, seldom taste very different from stall to stall. What set various stalls apart are the variety and freshness of the ingredients offered plus the kind of sauce/gravy used. My Favourite Café does well in all 3 categories by offering over 30 different fresh ingredients and a nice curry gravy (optional). But that’s not all. They also have two secret weapons- their homemade meatballs and braised mushrooms!
By meatballs, I am not talking about processed pork balls from the supermarkets. I am talking about handmade seasoned minced pork balls that are fried till golden brown! If you get one from a freshly fried batch with a slightly crispy crust filled with hot and tasty minced pork within, it is simply unforgettable!
Their braised mushrooms are another wonder. I never visit this stall without ordering their mushrooms and you shouldn’t either. While they may look like the usual plain tasting dried shiitake, these Korean mushrooms are bigger and are so plump, succulent and nicely braised that one is not enough!
Price-wise, a bowl of Curry Yong Tau Foo consisting of 8 ingredients and noodles costs S$6.40 Nett; S$0.60 for each ingredient/noodles and S$1 for the curry gravy. The minimum order here is 8 ingredients.
When visiting the Bugis branch, grab a seat before queuing and ordering. But at the Lucky Plaza branch, queue and order first and you will be allocated a seat after that. Whatever it is, don’t let their long queues deter you because the queues move very fast!