I am not a big fan of food courts but sometimes there are interesting finds. My auntie told me: "Ah boy, you should try the yong tau foo downstairs. They got mala!" Intrigued and like an obedient blogger, I went to check it out.
Now, we have come across the usual yong tau foo soup with a stock made from ikan bilis and soy beans, and also tom yum and laksa variants. But mala yong tau foo?!
The stall offered what seems like the usual works- stuffed bittergourd, cuttlefish, fishball, stuffed tofu, stuffed tau pok, hard-boiled eggs, assorted fried items and greens. For $3.80, I had a bowl with 6 items and rice. Wanting to try the Mala version, I added an additional 50 cents.
While the mala soup was a lot thinner than what I am used too (restaurant standard home-cooked pots of spicy love at home), it was certainly a very interesting option for jaded yong tau foo palates. The yong tau foo items I picked were fresh, especially the stuffed tofu. A good item with mala is, in my opinion (like everything here in this blog), luncheon meat! The soft slabs of salty tinned pork with meaty flavours are superb with the spicy broth! It could have been much better if the luncheon meat was braised with the broth for a while before ending up in customers' bowls.
Was it spicy? Pretty alright on first bite/slurp. But as I ate, beads of sweat formed and gradually I had to blow my nose. The spice mix of Szechuan peppercorns, cumin etc flavour in a layer of chilli oil was sadistically rewarding. I'm even salivating as I type this post! :p~~
The strange saliva-inducing powers of merely looking at or thinking of spicy foods rock.
Yong Tau Foo
Sophia Food Mall
1 Sophia Road
Chew On This: If you are not really good with spicy food but want to try this, I recommend not picking leafy veggies! Leafy veg like kang kong, long cabbage, spinach etc have large surface area for chilli oil to cling onto. If that fails, get a nicely-chilled can of soy bean milk to douse the fire. :)