Friday Favorites: Yong Tau Foo

I had dinner  here four times last week. Ang adik lang.

Yong Tau Foo a quite recent discovery, considering I've been living in Singapore for a year and half already (time is crazy fast, isn't it!?!). It's a very simple dish, really - clear soup with your choice of ingredients. That's it! Think of it as a do-it-yourself nilaga. 

It also reminds me of Japan's oden which I developed a fondness for during those winters in Tokyo. There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of piping hot soup in winter, yes? I was sorely missing it when I was in Germany last month.

So anyway, you take a giant bowl, pick seven or more things from a dizzying assortment of ingredients - veggies, fishballs, dumplings, beancurds, mushrooms, and some other things I could not identify - and hand it to the staff who will cook them for you. You can opt to add noodles or have a bowl of steamed rice, and you can also add curry sauce (which is a yummy option but I prefer mine clear just because I consider this an escape from all the grease that pervades in food courts). Minus the carbs and the sauce, it's actually quite healthy.

It's available in nearly all food courts and hawker centers, but my favorite is in Ion Orchard, because I can always count on them to have the meat-stuffed bittergourd.

Bitter Ocampo
Which I know everyone hates but, well, I'm weird like that. If you look very closely, you could find one in every bowl of yong tau foo in the photo above. I think one time I had three :p

I concede that it might not be everyone's cup of tea (or in this case, bowl of consomme). But I love my veggies, so for me this is the ultimate guilt-free comfort food.

P.S. It's awesome on a rainy day :)

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