Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo

Guess this place needs no further introduction as it has been visited numerous times by food bloggers, far and near alike. However, operating from an old bungalow, this restaurant does not situated exactly along Jalan Ipoh but rather, it’s at Jalan Segambut, just off Jalan Duta.

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According to a friend who’re working in with Shell at Damansara Heights, this place is a favourite lunch spot on Sunday afternoon for those who needs to work on weekend. And since it is originally a bungalow, parking space are available inside the bungalow compound but very limited, so be there early or risk parking your car further. I was there twice on weekend afternoon and the place was packed with hungry lunch crowd.

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One thing I like it here is the workers… they still employs foreign workers from Indonesia but majority of them are Chinese aunties! These charming aunties are friendly and move around rather fast than young ones (do not underestimate senior citizens!). Get an ordering chit from them, write the number of pieces of yong tau foo you prefer and pass it back to them.

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No fancy yong tau foo here (unlike Kwong Hong in Gunung Rapat, Ipoh), just the usual fish paste-stuffed red/green chilli, bittergourd, white/brown beancurd, brinjal/aubergine, tau fu pok, lady’s fingers (okra), beancurd roll. Not forgetting the deep fried wan tan, sui kow, beancurd roll, pork balls, fish balls etc. Unlike Ipoh, yong tau foo in Klang Valley are usually eaten together with rice, not noodles. Everything are priced at RM1 per piece (KY Speaks said it was RM0.70 only 3 years ago). Other than yong tau foo, there are other stalls selling rojak, tauhu bakar and siew pao.

*This post is linked to Malaysian Foodie, Sloppy Chic, Ken Jun, Lessthanten and EatingAsia.

Ipoh Road Yong Tow Foo
67, Jalan Segambut,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6252 6473

Visiting Precious Pea at Asian Gourmet Hut, Doncaster East, Melbourne

Sitting in the airplane for eight hours is not a fun thing to do (imagine those who had to be inside the plane for more than 10 hours!), so after our itinerary for Melbourne was planned, we just had to slot Asian Gourmet Hut into the agenda eventhough our time was rather packed.. Why? Because we’re gonna visit Precious Pea there!

Few days before our flight, Precious Pea’s hubby passed us 5kgs of dried anchovies for us to bring them over to her. And she used them to prepare this:

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Precious Pea’s famous mee hoon kueh! Alright, before I go further into the food, if you haven’t know, Precious Pea is now staying in Melbourne with her sister, brother-in-law (BIL) and nephew. Together with her BIL, they took over Asian Gourmet Hut in Doncaster East from its previous owner and they have been on business since May 2010. We’ve heard lot of good stories on the food (her BIL worked in a Chinese restaurant in ZhongShan before this), especially her mee hoon kueh.

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We gathered as much people as we could, including our host PY, Ramon, Jason, Dr. Jun and her boyfriend, Dave at Asian Gourmet Hut that night. Expect Asian/Chinese cuisines, both authentic and some with a twist on the menu. All of us love the mee hoon kueh, with anchovies-based stock. The hand-pinched flour “noodle” has the right thickness and best of all, it was served with homemade sambal belacan!

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Jun ordered the Long Beans with Chicken Giblets as she loves this dish. Stir-fried with some chillies and taucu (fermented bean paste), it takes CK and me some time to actually try the giblets (as you might know I’m not a fan of innards), and surprisingly, we found it to be rather pleasant to bite on. Crunchy and free of foul smell (as I usually expect them to be), we polished the plate clean.

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Dishes that came after the long beans were recommendations by Precious Pea herself. The quail in ginger and spring onion taste very much alike to chicken wing, albeit a smoother texture of the meat. Salt and pepper pork belly taste as pretty as the colour, with chopped spring onion, chilli, garlic and onion thrown in. While Ramon showed little interest on the aubergine/brinjal, PY and I like it a lot. Plenty of other ingredients were included such as diced peppers, spring onion, minced meat and mushrooms, all swimming in a thick and gooey gravy. Perfect match for white rice!

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For dessert, we spotted the dry tong yuen (flour dumpling), hence we ordered some to try. They actually looked more like mua chee (rice flour dumpling) with grounded black sesame or peanut filling, dusted with icing sugar and green tea powder. Seriously good stuff, the warm black sesame paste was filled to the brim! Other stuff we had that night includes the stir-fried asparagus with butter, braised beef brisket and double-boiled papaya with snow fungus and almond kernel.

Everyone seems enjoyed the meal with laughter and plenty of chit-chat. We actually stayed till their closing hour and no doubt, we were the noisiest group around! Thanks to Precious Pea and her brother-in-law for the wonderful spread of food and service!

Asian Gourmet Hut
12, Mitchell Street,
Doncaster East,
Vic, 3109 Melbourne, Australia.

Tel: +65-9840 7511
Business Hour: 12pm – 9pm (weekdays), 11.30am – 9pm (weekends)
Closed on Wednesdays.

AFC Studio, Orchard Central, Singapore

A quick post for the weekend.

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Was down to Singapore early December and finally made my way to the AFC Studio at Orchard Central! I’ve always been a fan of AFC (Asian Food Channel) since their debut on Astro Channel 703 and when I heard that they’ve opened up a studio, I’ve been telling myself that I shall drop by whenever I visit the Merlion City. Although it is smaller than I expected (about 700-800 sqft?), it boasts a sales counter for cooking equipments/utensils (such as the Green Pan), AFC merchandises (notebooks, T-shirts), cookbooks, a open concept kitchen for cooking classes and a small cafe. The place is bright and colourful with high ceiling and colourful decor and receives plenty of natural light from the glass windows.

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Got myself some souvenirs here and decided to take a break from all the walking (had Katong laksa few hours before this, will blog about that later on). Since Christmas is around the corner, they have some special items in the store like the Apricot Chocolate Log Cake (SGD 3.50 per slice). Sweetness was spot on, we finished it in a jiffy. The Cream Puffs (SGD 1.50 per pair) has a chewy but light shell and the cream inside was light and not too sweet as well. I should’ve order more!

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As I mentioned earlier, they also conduct cooking classes here and while I was there, they were preparing the ingredients for gingerbread house! That reminds me much of our fun afternoon at the Academy of Pastry Arts, decorating our first gingerbread house. For more info on their class schedules, click HERE. And by the way, the staffs were extremely polite and helpful too.

AFC Studio
181, Orchard Road,
#07-02, Orchard Central,
Singapore 238896.

Tel: +65-6834 4829
Fax: +65-6834 4751
Email: afcstudio@asianfoodchannel.com
Web: http://www.theafcstudio.com