Thursday, June 21, 2007

Foong Foong Restaurant (YTF), Ampang New Village

Beancurds and vegetables stuffed with fishpaste is one of the few rare food outside Penang that my parents (true blue Penangites) truly enjoy. There are 2 types of food over here in the city which they appreciate most - yong tau fu and dimsum. I was brought up to believe that the Hakka clan does the former best while the Cantonese masters the latter. Both clans do form the majority here, right?

This is one of their default eating place in Kuala Lumpur over the years. A tremendously well-known shop locally as well as internationally, among fish fans or otherwise. Since it's almost like a neighbourhood haunt, I did not think of posting until today. Like I mentioned before, I'm missing my camera so no new pictures. These were taken couple of months ago.

On a public holiday Phitoy and I went there for a simple and light late lunch. As the clock in the background showed, it was almost 3pm in the afternoon. Crowd was thinning but still had the staff running around.I went to the counter where a young man with one microphone in one hand and a pen in another to order. I mentioned our table number and just said I want a plate of 10 pieces of mixed Yong Tau Fu minus brinjal and bitter gourd. Though they are Phitoy's favourite, I do not like both. Since he insisted I order, so there. I asked for my favourite instead - 3 Fried Dumplings. *big grin with both hands showing the V sign*

You can hear your order boom across the floor to the other side where the open concept kitchen is. But in their homebrand jargon, of course.

In a couple of minutes, these appeared:-

One plate held 10 mouthwatering pieces consisting of stuffed green lady fingers, red chillies, white beancurds and fishballs in gravy while another had 3 hot crunchy outside savoury soft stuffing inside brown fried dumplings.
The small plate here held the requisite sauces (reddish is chillie while the darker is just sweet) to dip the pieces in. Both of us had a Chinese herbal drink (I cannot remember which type) each but only phitoy took rice. I was saving for dinner. Click to see what it was and you'll understand why.

Our bill:-

32 comments:

The Cooking Ninja said...

Worth the saving for dinner. :) Haven't had Yong Taufu for ages. Wah got to make myself a list of food I need to fill my stomach with when I'm back in Singapore.

Tummythoz said...

the cooking ninja, it's going to be a long long list huh.

xiu long bao said...

yay, hakka rulez! Moi is hakka, luv homemade yong tao foo, stuffed with minced fish paste and pork...drooolll...

teckiee said...

my boss love this place. everytime also suggest this place for makan. still like the one in PJ in restaurant O&S

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Been awhile since I went there. It's kinda far away from the city centre, so must wait for friday 2 hr lunch to go there. I find the mic and loudspeaker fascinating.

wmw said...

Last time I was here was back like 9 years ago...It's been awhile..."sings...Memories..." :o) now hardly go to that area.

Tummythoz said...

xiu long bao, so when r u making a batch for me? *eagerly rubbing hands together*

teckiee, too many other stuff to eat at O&S-lar.

lyrical lemongrass, not far just very bad traffic jam.

wmw, now that's along time ago. Sing louder pls. U've got a good voice!

UnkaLeong said...

If I remember correctly, they call out the orders in Hakka. Hahaha..The guy that does the YTF at O&S restaurant in PJ either used to work there or is a relative. *sigh* comes with agelah..starting to forget things..

tankiasu said...

Wah got service tax liau now? How about the next door's Ochard View? Also got tax?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

brings back memories..those days..ordering 50-100 pieces from the counter seems normal..when ytf was dirt cheap..the noisy microphones r cute!..

theres stx because the threshold is RM300k..so i guess they r earning at least tat amt yearly..

omg how can u not eat brinjal and bittergourd??!!! i need at least 3-4 pieces of brinjals b4 i call it ytf..

Tummythoz said...

unkaleong, u complaining abt age?! Then I should b going 'huh? what's that? Who r u? I not d boss here meh?'

tankiasu, so many years we have been very loyal. I don't even know it's nx door competitors' name. =P

joe, ever saw tiny maggots in d squishy insides of brinjals? Haha, did I just converted u?

KampungboyCitygal said...

taste better than madras lane one a?

Kenny Mah said...

Actually there could be maggots and worms and whatnot in any meat or veges... ain't nothing stopping me from my fried brinjal yong tau foo... Yums... :d

What could be better than YTF and dim sum? *slurps*

Kok said...

tummythoz,
I have my yong tau hu in soup one leh. How come yours is dry one ah?

Big Boys Oven said...

Well, fong fong will always on my top list. Strangely my craving for fong fong's ampang young tau foo is just a pregnant woman craving for food. I can eat 15 pieces alone. My favourite is their fried sui kow, foo chok kuin and stuffed brinjal. Tasted the serdang ones but nothing near fong fong. There is one new hakka yeong tau foo at bangsar which is not bad, I personally luv their chu keok choh.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Yeah, it's going to be a long long list because it has been more than a year since I'm back home. Funnily once I'm home, the craving for these food stops :p and I forgot about them till I'm back in France again, then I start craving for them again.

Precious Pea said...

Haahaha...worth saving for such great dinner. Slurps...salivating at Max's food oledi.

Mark said...

Many good YTF shops mushrooming around, but this Foong Foong sure stand out among those, although not necessary the best, anymore.

boo_licious said...

Ah, the elusive Foong Foong which was closed during CNY for almost a mth. Once in a while, a drive down to Ampang is a good idea for this version. It's different from the Serdang or Seri Kembangan type which is more Hakka like in terms of their rough size.

MeltingWok said...

hahaha, silly me, I have not read a MY receipt in ages, thought the tax was 12.90 same as the sub total hiaks :P Anyway, its like RM$1+/piece, quite expensive leh. Is it more expensive to make them yourself ?

Tummythoz said...

kampungboycitygal, long time no do Madras Lane so cannot comment. Sorry.

kenny mah, seeing those 'lil creatures wriggling may just change your mind .. then again I have seen many big fat maggots in durians & still they r one of my fav fruits.

Boy, u sound so glutton-y. *swoon*

kok, this is d style at this shop. Soup is only when boiled dumplings are ordered.

big boys oven, 15 pcs? Wow. I like the sinful porky legs vinegar too! Direction pls.

Tummythoz said...

the cooking ninja, most prob overwhelmed by all the attention and catching up sessions with d family members over here.

precious pea, *tying on big absorbent bib in preparation to skip over to your blog*

mark, which other shop around there would u recommend?

boo_licious, oooh I remember those over there are good too.

meltingwok, it's RM0.70 per piece, I think. The balance is for drinks & a plate of steamed white rice. Most prob homemade will cost less but then again, very troublesome if only for a few pieces.

New Kid on the Blog said...

seriously, can't find good yong tau foo in Penang....

teckiee said...

you know what ah... my boss suggested we go to foong foong again next week for a farewell... AGAINNNN.

jason said...

So, which yong tau foo is nice in KL/PJ?

Tummythoz said...

new kid on the blog, I rest my case.

teckiee, counter suggest-lor!

jason, u new in town so u try & decide, k.

mama bok said...

Wow..! so cheap..!! i could kill for some yong tau fu..!!

Tummythoz said...

mama bok, doing time will only further deter you from good food. Just come over.

Rasa Malaysia said...

OMG, my favorite yong tau foo restaurant...geez...I missed savoring them the last two times when I was in KL...and I used to eat there almost every weekend when in college. Sigh sigh. I really hope I could scratch and eat. :( :(

Tummythoz said...

rasa malaysia, your home made ones do look delicious & so much more adorable.

Anonymous said...

Will all this comments... I would like to give it a try but with no POI or proper address.. rather difficult for a Singaporean to find...:(

Tummythoz said...

Anonymous Singaporean, try google for it? Me real bad with directions & map drawing. If still interested, drop by again & I'll help.

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