Ampang Niang Tou Fu East Coast
Last Monday could not be any more blue…
TJ was (still is) ill with no conclusive diagnosis from the doctors we visited. The first doctor said TJ likely has false measles – Roseola, sometimes called Sixth Disease or baby measles, which is characterised by a high fever, followed by a pink-red raised or flat rash. It is a disease of children, generally under two years old.
Monday came and TJ’s fever was under control but there are times (lasting a couple to 4 hours) where he would shriek hysterically and slap his own cheeks, contorted in pain. Was he teething, his molars? Valerie went berserk! She had been unable to eat or sleep well during the weekend caring for TJ, so I offered to bring her to lunch. Val indicated she would like something spicy. I suggested nasi padang.
We drove past where Garuda Padang was supposed to be located in East Coast Road but couldn’t locate the shop so we made a U-turn to Glory Catering, their shutters were down! We then U-turned again and decided to park the car and walk along the shophouses to Kartika Jaya Indonesian Food. Lunch crowd had gone along with the food, their displayed items dwindled.
We had been walking up and down along the 3 blocks of old shophouses and I could feel my temperature rising even though it was a cold day. And TJ was starting to fuss which added to my anxiety.
“Where to now?!!!” I asked impatiently. You see, I, too, was under the weather during the weekend and had not eaten for nearly 24 hours. I could feel my gastric coming on and was losing patience due to helplessness – we still could not decide on a cuisine, talk about picking a venue, for 4pm was also the rest-between-shifts-hours of most restaurants!
How about Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice?
So we trudge along in the rain, carrying TJ, baby backpack, baby carrier and an umbrella towards Katong Shopping Centre. Guess what? They are closed, too! I could have knocked myself on the head coz I have reviewed this place before and should have known the operating days!
“WTF” was about to be spouted but I bit my tongue and asked, “YTF?”
“Ok, Yong Tau Fu!” KT was relieved that Valerie and I finally settled on something he was keen.
I had eaten here with Keef many years back and he had done the ordering so this time round I was a bit stumped but the lady was quick to recommend us, “You can choose à la carte or get a set with a mix of everything for 3 persons.” We took the set and 3 rice. They do not serve noodles.
The food came in a jiffy, which was good since we were starved. In the green platter were clear stock broth presumably made of ikan bilis and soya beans. All their Niang Tou Fu or as we locals called it Yong Tau Fu (YTF) pieces, except for quail eggs, are stuffed with not just fish, but a combination of minced fish and pork paste, so that the stuffing looked a little greyish. KT loved it!
There’s 2 fried brinjal, 3 ladies fingers, 2 bitter gourd, 3 fishballs, 1 green chilli, 1 red chilli, 2 fried pig’s skin, 2 quail eggs, 4 fried crispy soya bean sheets, 3 fried soy puffs (taupok), countless taukwa (firm white tofu), and a couple of ngoh hiang. Don’t take my word for it, I failed my math but all in all, there was more than enough for 3 adults.
If you have bigger appetite or preference for certain ingredients, you can add the extras at 70 cents a pop. You can also ask for certain items that you do not like or are allergic to, to be removed from the standard sets.
Although their sweet and chilli sauces are great, I was able to eat these delicious YTF on their own and still detect subtle savouriness. Good for those on a “go light on seasoning” diet.
They do not have noodle options, only rice is served. Drinks menu are also limited to 2 items, sour plum and plain water.
Their YTF are made in-house daily to ensure freshness. This is definitely a no-frills eatery that focuses only on quality not quantity!
Ampang Niang Tou Fu 安邦酿豆腐
Address: 225A East Coast Road,
Tel:(+65) 6345 3289
Operating hours: 11.30am – 8.30pm
Closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Happy eating and bonding 🙂