Fu Lin 福林 YTF Leads To Telok Ayer Street Light-Up Event!

It was a rather early brunch and Fu Lin 福林 wasn’t ready. The staff allowed me to buy drinks from another shop a few doors away to be consumed in their premise.

Fu Lin Yong Tau Foo 福林豆腐园

We were waiting for the shop to start selling the YTF.
I bought drinks from the kopitiam at the left end of this building where Benny was seated.
I then left him to take pictures of Thian Hock Keng Temple.

This was my second visit to Fu Lin YTF at Telok Ayer. The first was more than a couple years back when Jeremy, my cousin, brought me there. I had thoroughly enjoyed the fare so when Benny suggested lunch, Fu Lin came to mind.

I am not sure if this 福林 is an offshoot of another shop by similar name – Fu Lin Dou Fu Yuen (Yong Tau Foo) 福林豆腐园 which started in 1994 in Katong, East Coast area, but the way they served the noodles and YTF are of the same style.

Fu Lin Yong Tau Foo 福林豆腐园

There wasn’t as much mince as I remembered from my previous visit a few years ago.

Fu Lin Yong Tau Foo 福林豆腐园

The gravy version of YTF served at Fu Lin 福林.

There’s minced meat in the sauce that goes into the noodles. The same starchy gravy with minced meat was ladled onto the dry version of YTF. This is not typical of our local Hakka Yong Tau Foo, which can be served soupy or dry with sweet and chilli sauce. This time round, it wasn’t as delicious but still, my cravings were satisfied.

Fu Lin Yong Tau Foo 福林豆腐园

Benny’s first taste at 福林.

Whilst waiting for the YTF to be ready, I saw a beautiful temple across the road. Usually, there’ll be busloads of tourists going into this temple but it was quite early that morning when Benny and I were there. I had my camera with me but no tripod. Still, I managed to take a decent unobstructed photo if it. That was last October (2014).

Thian Hock Keng - Hokkien Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple 天福宫

“Thian Hock Keng Temple 天福宫 (Temple of Heavenly Happiness; also: Tianfu Gong Temple) is the oldest and most important Fukien, or Hoklo (Hokkien) temple in Singapore. The main temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Taoist goddess of the sea and protector of all seamen, while a second temple at the back is a Buddhist one dedicated to Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of mercy.

Thian Hock Keng Temple was gazetted as a national monument on 6 July 1973.

Constructed in the temple architectural style of southern China, Thian Hock Keng has a grand entrance with a high step in front. The side entrance gates feature brightly coloured tiles portraying peacocks, roses and the universal Buddhist swastika in green and brown. This symbol represents good luck, eternity and immortality.

Guarding the doors are tigers, lions and Door Gods, traditional sentinels of any Taoist temple. Beyond this elaborate entrance are two courtyards. Straddling the courtyards is the temple proper, comprising the shrine of Ma Cho Po. On either side of the temple are pagodas — the one on the left is a shrine of Confucius while the one on the right houses ancestral tablets of immigrants who founded the temple.” – Wikipedia

Recently, I have been contacted by Singapore’s National Heritage Board asking for my photo (below) of Thian Hock Keng to be used on their EDM promotion for their upcoming Telok Ayer Street Light-Up. I am very excited to share this event as there will be special lighting installations on Thian Hock Keng and Al-Abrar Mosque on 8th and 9th May evenings, and this may be a good photography opportunity for street/heritage photographers 😀

Thian Hock Keng - Hokkien Temple

Thian Hock Keng – Hokkien Temple

“The temple has been restored several times. The most comprehensive one commenced in 1998 and was completed in December 2000. This restoration project won 4 architectural awards, including the most prestigious award from UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation Building” – Quoted from the Thian Hock Keng temple’s website.

There will be Henna workshop and performances for those interested in cultural arts, too!

Guided Tours Date: 8 & 9 May
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm or 7.30pm to 9pm
Meeting point: In front of Al-Abrar Mosque.
Each tour will cover three National Monuments.
Admission for guided tours is free and pre-registration is not required.

Telok Ayer Street Light-Up EDM

Telok Ayer Street Light-Up Event on 8th-9th May 2015.

Fu Lin Dou Fu Yuen 福林豆腐园
Address: 127 Amoy Street.
Tel: (+65) 64231911

Operating hours:
Mon-Sat: 7.30am – 4pm (Closed on Sundays)

Happy eating and bonding 😀

2 Responses to “Fu Lin 福林 YTF Leads To Telok Ayer Street Light-Up Event!”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Congratulations on the use of your photo. Now you need to go and shoot the street light-up too.

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