Thursday, 17 July 2014

Yong Tau Foo

The Yong Tau Foo dish is a very popular Hakka Chinese soup dish found in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Basically it is a clear consommé soup served with a variety of food items such as fish balls, crab sticks, cuttlefish, vegetables and tofu which are stuffed with fish paste (also known as surimi). The usual vegetables that are used are bitter gourd, brinjal, lady fingers, and chillies.

These are cooked briefly in boiling broth and is served in the boiled broth.

Some people eat this dish with a bowl of steamed rice or with noodles. Some people serve this in a bowl of curry sauce!

This dish is usually served with a dipping sauce. It can be a spicy, vinegary chili sauce which is made from red, fermented bean curd or hoisin sauce.


1. 20 okras (large in size if possible)
2. 1 bitter gourd (cut into medallion size)
3. 2 packets of firm square tofu.
This is how the tofu looks like. Just cut it into half. 
4. 600gm of fish paste (click on LINK)


1. Slit open the okras. Slit the half-ed tofu. (Don't slice it into half.)

2. Scoop about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of fish paste and stuff it into the slits. It should look something like this:

3. For the remaining fish paste, I made them into fish balls.

4. For the okras, bitter gourd and tofu stuffing, I steamed them for about 20 minutes. For the fish balls I baked them at 200C for about 20 minutes.

5. Serve warm with soup and rice or noodles.

Bon appétit!

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