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Yong Tau Foo is a Hakka dish. Assorted veggie, soybean, fish paste/pork paste stuffed item that's been served with an aromatic broth. Yet historically, long when Hakka people lived in the north, it used to be dumplings but it became a substitute for Northern dumplings when they migrated south and settled there. They no longer had access to the flour so they used soybeans (tofu) instead for wrapping the minced meat. Above, is the dry version of Yong Tau Foo which I had at Tanjong Pagar Plaza @ Rong Xing Hakka Yong Tau Foo. Eating this non-soup version of yong tau foo, few questions came up to mind. First, the sweet sauce that came with it. I assume it's Hoisin sauce based. What's funny is, if you write Hoisin sauce in Chinese character it is "海鮮" meaning, seafood. But it doesn't contain any seafood -and it does not taste like seafood base at all. Another question is: when did this type of soupy yong tau foo become universal. From what I know, the Hakka yong tau foo is originally "braised" with oyster sauce-soy sauce base (from Reviving Local Dialect Cuisines: A Culinary Journey Into Our Cultural Roots). Yet, now when one speaks of yong tau foo, it either comes with soup or dry with the sauces. Thinking about yong tau foo, I became curious with the Ampang style yong tau foo where it's served with gravy and comes on a plate rather than a bowl. Actually, appearance-wise, this looks more like the original yong tau foo except with more variety of choices. Ampang styl -did it start in Ampang, or Jalan Ampang?


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