Exploring People's Park Food Centre, one of my old food haunts this morning, I spotted a long queue at Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo. I've eaten at the famous Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu here before but it is closed on Monday, so I decided to give Poy Kee a try instead.
The queue clears fast as they have a good system at Poy Kee YTF.
One staff takes the orders and collects money while we are in the queue. One staff cooks the noodles and another cooks the yong tau fu. Another staff arranges the food on our tray and sets us on our way.
Poy Kee's system works like a Swiss clock - I got my food within 15 minutes.
I ordered the highest priced set which came to a princely SGD5.30. It comes with noodles and 10 yong tau foo pieces in a bowl of soup.
I ordered mee kia (angel hair noodles) because this seemed to be the most popular choice at Poy Kee.
The noodles were cooked too soft. The sauce tasted salty and flat even with chili paste added. The chewy (not crisp) anchovies provided some savoury highlights to the bowl of bland noodles.
The bowl of soup come choked full of different types of yong tau fu pieces. The choice of yong tau foo pieces are fixed, which is fine with me.
I like this clear soup because it is clean tasting with nice anchovy and soy bean flavour. The soup helped me wash down the flat tasting, over cooked noodles.
The "fish ball" doesn't have much texture or flavour of fish meat.
There is tofu stuffed with fish paste and fish roll made with fish paste wrapped with fried tofu skin. The fish paste doesn't have much texture or flavour of fish. The tofu was tender though not custard soft or silky smooth.
The chili sauce seemed a generic blend of salty, spicy and sour. But, that sweet sauce has that same flavour from my pre-teen childhood days. Poy Kee is one of the very rare places left in Singapore that still do their sauce the old school way. (Wait, Poy Kee is the only place I know.)
If I happen to be at People's Park Food Centre, I might pick Poy Kee yong tau foo again, especially on those days when I just want a light and light tasting meal. I will skip the noodles with my order.
Restaurant name: Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo 培记酿豆腐
Address: Blk 32 New Market Road, #01-1066 People’s Park Cooked Food Centre, Singapore
GPS: 1°17'06.5"N 103°50'32.6"E | 1.285139, 103.842390
Tel: 6535 7186
Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm (no fixed rest day)
Date visited: 3 Oct 2016
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