Yong He Eating House – Taiwanese Small Eats 台灣小吃

Taiwanese Small Eats 台灣小吃

Taiwanese Small Eats 台灣小吃

Xiaochi (小吃) ia an important category of food in the Chinese street food cuisine and especially significant in Taiwanese street food (台灣小吃) scene. Xiaochi literally means small eats and these foods are typically not cooked in homes nor are they featured prominently on the menus of formal restaurants. The most famous place in Taiwan serving this type of street food is Shilin Night Market, where food from a street stall or shop, comes in small portions and could never be considered a ‘square meal’ on its own. It can be considered supper or in between proper meals snack.

Yonghe is a city famous for its soy milk. Breakfast stores advertising “Yonghe Soy Milk” (永和豆浆) can be found all over Taiwan. In Singapore, we have Yong He You Tiao Da Wang serving Taiwanese breakfast foods, located in Geylang Lorong 24A which is open 24 hours daily.

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Yong He Eating House.
Geylang Lorong 24A, Singapore.

Taiwanese breakfast menu - heck, it's an all day breakfast!

Taiwanese breakfast menu – heck, it’s an all day breakfast!

The items I came for. Soybean curd, soy bean milk and pork floss shaobing.

The items I came for. Soybean curd, soybean milk and pork floss shaobing.

Used to be boiled peanuts but now it's longan topping. The lady said they stopped serving the peanut toppings 7 months ago.

Used to be boiled peanuts but now it’s longan topping. The lady said they stopped serving the peanut toppings 7 months ago.

Rousong shaobing (肉鬆蛋焼餅 - biscuit with pork floss) with egg.

Rousong shaobing (肉鬆蛋焼餅 – biscuit with pork floss) with egg.

Rousong shaobing (肉鬆蛋焼餅) - A kind of crispy bread with pork floss and omelet filling.

Rousong shaobing (肉鬆蛋焼餅) – A kind of crispy bread with pork floss and omelet filling.

Carrot cake - shredded radish cake.

Carrot cake – shredded radish cake.

Shredded radish filling with flour and omelet skin.

Shredded radish filling with flour and omelet skin.

Place your order and pay when food is served.

Place your order and pay when food is served.

In the original location also in Geylang but at Lorong 9, the kitchen is always busy. Seemed quiet tonight.

In the original location also in Geylang but at Lorong 9, the kitchen is always busy. Seemed quiet tonight.

Our bill was a very reasonable S$10.40

Our bill was a very reasonable S$10.40

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If you miss Taiwanese Xiaochi, do come by.

Soybean Milk Recipe
Ingredients:
500g Soybeans (organic or regular).
5 litres Water.
2 pieces Pandan Leaves, optional.
Sugar, to taste (rock sugar or white fine sugar, palm sugar syrup is used in Malaysia).

Method:
1. Wash and soak soybeans overnight. Pour the beans into a colander, throw away the soaking water and rinse well under running tap.

2. Remove as much of the husks as possible as their give a coarse texture and slight ” grains smell” to the milk.

3. Blend the cleaned beans with some water (in batches) in an electric blender.

4. Sieve the blended beans and water with a muslin cloth or fine mesh colander for the soybean juice a.ka. milk. You can do this step now or after boiling the milk. I usually sieve the milk a few times to avoid gritty bits.

5. Simmer the soybean milk for about 30-45 minutes over medium low heat, depending on how thin or thick you want the milk to be; simmer long enough to let the raw grains smell go away and let milk reduce to the desired consistency.

6. Add sugar if using to the desired sweetness. My family omit the sugar, sometimes as we drink this quite frequently.

Variations:
Add 100g Chinese almonds (sweet and bitter mixture, available from Chinese medical halls) and blend together with soybeans and water. Some people do not like this as they say it smells like roaches :p

Add ¼ teaspoon Vanilla extract instead of pandan leaves.

Soybean Milk - an alternative to proteins and for those who are lactose intolerant.

Soybean Milk – an alternative to proteins and for those who are lactose intolerant.

Old fashioned grindstone for soybean milk. I've chucked this away for the modern electric blender ;-)

Old fashioned grindstone for soybean milk. I’ve chucked this away for the modern electric blender 😉

Yong He Eating House
458 Geylang Road,
Lorong 24A.
Singapore.

Tel:+65 6745 5682

Happy cooking 🙂

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32 Responses to “Yong He Eating House – Taiwanese Small Eats 台灣小吃”
  1. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Delicious .Jalal

  2. Sofia says:

    Wow I remember having the long thing (toppest picture) from when I lived in Singapore, loved it! I don’t remember the name as You Tiao though. Maybe its called something else in Malay, or maybe it was a different food altogether that looks the same.. Hmmmm?!!

  3. lignumdraco says:

    You have to pay for towels?

    • Sam Han says:

      It’s a common practice here especially for street restaurants as many years ago people complained that they do not want towels and should not be charged for it by masquerading it into food pricing. This system allows you to “not want” the towels and not get charged. 😀

  4. Anjo Angela Lim says:

    I loooooooove Youtiao the moooooooooooost! Yuuuuuuuuuuum! And recipe post for the milk, too bad I can’t I’m not allowed to consume too much soy-based products. Everything looks scrumptious, as usual!

    • Anjo Angela Lim says:

      Although we always alternated between “youtiao” “yau ja gwai” and “yu char kway”……talk about ridiculous. #SMH

    • Sam Han says:

      I wonder if you can change soybean to something else like walnuts or any other nuts for drinks 😉

  5. Laura Lynn says:

    Nice to have a recipe for soy milk. I drink that and almond milk all the time.

    • Sam Han says:

      Just replace soybean with almonds, Laura? Our Chinese almonds are different from the ones we eat. The Chinese almonds are small, without sking and there’s two types which we call north almonds and south almonds (sweet and bitter) and we do not use a lot as they can be toxic in huge quantity.

  6. Jessica says:

    This post makes me miss Taiwan!!!

  7. Kevin says:

    Taiwan, definitely land of small eats. No point eating lots and getting full at any particular one spot. I miss Taiwan already.

  8. there used to be a Taiwanese chain in shanghai that specialized in these soy milk dishes. i often ate the hot doujiang with youtiao. they had savoury and sweet.

  9. freddiejay says:

    I want all of that!!

  10. Sam says:

    Those little carrot cakes look amazing! I can’t say I’ve ever had soy milk come to think of it

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