Sure enough, there was a queue outside the stall of more than 10 persons who have very obediently picked their Yong Tau Foo and are now waiting patiently in line for their lunch to be cooked. While Soundman was lining up for our food, I took the opportunity to speak with the Lao Ban Niang who tells me that they have been at the food centre since it first opened more than 30 years ago. She tells me that Yong Tau Foo is all about freshness of ingredients and here at the stall, they use fresh tau foo which are specially made without preservatives so that they last only a day before going sour. The bee hoon here is also specially delivered fresh everyday as opposed to the dehydrated ones in packets.
Aside from the bee hoon, this stall also sells chee cheong fun to go with your bowl of Yong Tau Foo soup. This is the first time I have seen any stall do this and when I asked the Lao Ban Niang why they serve Chee Cheong Fun with their Yong Tau Foo, she simply said that Chee Cheong Fun is nice to eat!
Now this Yong Tau Foo is filled with fish paste only but they do have a few items with minced pork, notably the minced pork balls. Personally, the YTF was good but the difference in quality of the usual items as compared with your normal food court stall is not as stark as the bee hoon and sweet sauce.
So the bottomline is: Would I queue for 20 minutes to get my Yong Tau Foo fix here? Oh yes! But it has to come with a bowl of bee hoon bathed in sweet sauce.
Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Foo