I’ve been meaning to get down to documenting my food hunts more frequently but my schedule has been super erratic now that I have two little ones to manage on top of office work. This visit to Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo happened last year in December, when Jien and I ran an errand in Jalan Ipoh — so we decided to check out this YTF spot since many of my followers claim it’s better than the one up the road.
I always assumed they were the same yong tau fu brand; managed by different family members. My parents used to frequent Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo when I was a child; it was just a shack back in the days. They moved to the spot where Segambut Yong Tau Fu occupies at the moment so over the years, I ate there despite the change of name. Little did I know, Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo is just down the road from the former, with a larger parking lot and newer setup overall.
It is also more cooling with better ventilation, and the restaurant houses various stalls selling items like fruits, rojak, drinks and baked breads, buns and pastries. We ordered our standard YTF selection — brinjal, fuchuk, tofu, chili, bittergourd and sui kow, plus a portion of chee cheong fun each.
Food arrived quicker than many fast food restaurants, I wonder if they pre-made some of the items! Tastewise, the yong tau fu didn’t seem like it was made in advance. The fish paste is firm and succulent, and there was no stale oil flavour. I reckon it has slightly more bite compared to Segambut Yong Tau Foo, which is flavoured with more cuttlefish.
I honestly don’t have a preference between these two as they are both decent and made to order. Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo’s chili sauce packs way more kick though — almost too spicy for me to handle without breaking a sweat.
Pricing is also similar if not the same (RM1.70 per piece), so I suppose if you’re in the area and want some yong tau fu, both shops are fine. For those who want more fish taste in their YTF stuffing, go with Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo.
In terms of flavour, these two still don’t measure up to the one from Puchong. My personal preference, that is.
Verdict: Not the best, but definitely a decent option for yong tau foo.
Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo
515, Jalan Tiong,
51100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4050 2336