Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hakka Yong Tau Foo @ Wah Kiow, Lorong Peel, Kuala Lumpur

Traffic around town was chaotic yesterday with the FT parade rehearsals that we kept changing our minds on where to go. Eventually we ended up at Jalan Peel hence it was yong tau foo this time round. Just off the main road, Jalan Peel almost at the end before the turn off to Jusco Maluri, you will see this road, Lorong Peel with signboards to a government school called Yaacob Latif. You can't miss this wooden shack on the left hand side of the road which has been in business for almost ten years plus.

Sandwiched between a hardware shop (whereby the owner couldn't stop staring at me when I snapped pictures) and a beauty salon, this place came highly recommended from my friends. Everything is made on the spot and you'll see various people doing their part by stuffing the prepared fish paste into the vegetables. In fact, everyone is so super busy that they didn't bother when I continued snapping pictures.

The fish paste is mixed with minced pork to give it a sweet flavour. Usually the Hakka variety has salted fish added also but the taste of it is not so distinct here. Some Hakkas get really fussy even about what type of pork you must add as it has to be the soft minced pork belly to get the right texture.

A quick call to a friend of mine indicated what were the must haves from the menu. Here they'll give you a piece of paper with all their items which you tick and indicate the quantity you wish to order. It's a good system as I've seen some stalls adopting the pick what you want at the counter system which just clogs up the counter. We liked the smooth tofu here and the crispy bean curd. Another plus point about this place is everything is freshly fried.

We also liked the braised oyster special which looks pretty ordinary from the outside but hides crunchy yam bean and delicious dried oyster within it's interior.

You can order rice with your yong tau foo as they also serve a variety of dishes such as black vinegar pork leg, assam fish, chicken curry and etc. My friend recommended the Hakka Char Yoke. The pork belly slices are marinated with fermented bean curd (nam yue) and then deep fried till crispy. Sometimes if you frequent the economy rice stalls, you can see these fried bits which they also sell. The meat is then braised with the nam yue and wood ear fungus till it's tender. The taste of nam yue is not very strong with this dish but we liked the thick gravy it came with.

Besides these items we ordered, you can also get fried wantan, spring roll, fried bean curd stuffed with fish paste and braised mushroom special, stuffed chili and etc.

Wah Kiow Hakka Yong Tau Foo
Lorong Peel
Off Jalan Peel
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 9283 7576

(Non Halal. The shack is just opposite the police quarters and right before school. Park at the side of the road. Opened from 10 am to 3 pm. The GPS coordinates for this place - N03 07.616', E 101 43.572')

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Babe_KL said...

the chicken rice there is not bad either. sometimes we mixed our orders.

boo_licious said...

Strange, I didn't see any chicken rice there plus it wasn't on the menu either.

wmw said...

Lovely stuff! Don't go to (and don't know) that part of town though...sigh!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Oooh! Black vinegar pork leg!! How sinful! Now where's my road map??

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Then again, what's more sinful than the hakka char yoke...woohoo! Makan Club, next stop - Peel Road! (still looking for the road map..)

mh said...

this is the first Yong Tau Foo I tried in KL, still good till today.

backStreetGluttons said...

din know have good ytf this area !
I thot only have those old style taichow here !

and of course that steamed fish.

boo_licious said...

wmw - not too far away from cheras to make a pit stop.

lyrical lemongrass - not too hard, just use the sg besi hway and turn off at the jalan pudu exit, at roundabt, go 3 o clock (not the one where is Jalan Yew), go straight and turn left at traffic light. Go straight and turn right into Jalan Peel. Drive down all the way past Queen's Park and Shell Station. You will pass lots of shacks at the left hand side of the road. Turn left when you see a turning (there's signs to the Yaacob Latif school) and u will see it.

tekko - glad you like it too.

flymeng - sounds delicious.

team bsg - think Pudu has so many steamed fish places already, try something different?

tankiasu said...

Is this the same as the one I reviewed before?:

boo_licious said...

tankiasu - yes, that's the place. I recognise the blue prison bars window.

Babe_KL said...

the chicken rice is at the opposite shack where you sit. different stall from the YTF

bzbubble said...

babe kl: the chicken rice stall opp the YTF has now moved to Queen's Park (right next to the bak kut teh restaurant)...much more comfy and more parking spaces too!

Unknown said...

babe, the slurpppp chicken rice s no longer there. :((

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