Traffic around town was chaotic yesterday with the FT parade rehearsals that we kept changing our minds on where to go. Eventually we ended up at Jalan Peel hence it was yong tau foo this time round. Just off the main road, Jalan Peel almost at the end before the turn off to Jusco Maluri, you will see this road, Lorong Peel with signboards to a government school called Yaacob Latif. You can't miss this wooden shack on the left hand side of the road which has been in business for almost ten years plus.
Sandwiched between a hardware shop (whereby the owner couldn't stop staring at me when I snapped pictures) and a beauty salon, this place came highly recommended from my friends. Everything is made on the spot and you'll see various people doing their part by stuffing the prepared fish paste into the vegetables. In fact, everyone is so super busy that they didn't bother when I continued snapping pictures.
The fish paste is mixed with minced pork to give it a sweet flavour. Usually the Hakka variety has salted fish added also but the taste of it is not so distinct here. Some Hakkas get really fussy even about what type of pork you must add as it has to be the soft minced pork belly to get the right texture.
A quick call to a friend of mine indicated what were the must haves from the menu. Here they'll give you a piece of paper with all their items which you tick and indicate the quantity you wish to order. It's a good system as I've seen some stalls adopting the pick what you want at the counter system which just clogs up the counter. We liked the smooth tofu here and the crispy bean curd. Another plus point about this place is everything is freshly fried.
We also liked the braised oyster special which looks pretty ordinary from the outside but hides crunchy yam bean and delicious dried oyster within it's interior.
You can order rice with your yong tau foo as they also serve a variety of dishes such as black vinegar pork leg, assam fish, chicken curry and etc. My friend recommended the Hakka Char Yoke. The pork belly slices are marinated with fermented bean curd (nam yue) and then deep fried till crispy. Sometimes if you frequent the economy rice stalls, you can see these fried bits which they also sell. The meat is then braised with the nam yue and wood ear fungus till it's tender. The taste of nam yue is not very strong with this dish but we liked the thick gravy it came with.
Besides these items we ordered, you can also get fried wantan, spring roll, fried bean curd stuffed with fish paste and braised mushroom special, stuffed chili and etc.
Wah Kiow Hakka Yong Tau Foo
Off Jalan Peel
Tel No: 03 - 9283 7576
(Non Halal. The shack is just opposite the police quarters and right before school. Park at the side of the road. Opened from 10 am to 3 pm. The GPS coordinates for this place - N03 07.616', E 101 43.572')
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.