Hakka Yong Tau Foo (客家酿豆腐)



There are many ways of serving Yong Tau Foo . In Singapore, it is very common that Yong Tau Foo was served in a soupy form together with the noodles. Some sweet sauce was used as a dip. In certain store, it was served with curry gravy making it a curry Yong Tau Foo..


The famous Ampang Yong Tau Foo was also served with clear soup made with soya beans and anchovies but all these while I know there is another type of Yong Tau Foo which was braised with fermented black bean sauce (豆豉)… I just had that version in an authentic Hakka restaurant last week  that sells this famous Hakka dish together other Hakka dishes such abacus seeds, ginger wine chicken etc…


In Singapore hawker stalls, most of the Yong Tau Foo was stuffed with fish paste and that make many people “assumed” that Yong Tau Foo was seafood based. In fact it is not, most Chinese recipes in China and Malaysia do call for the usage for both meat and and fish possibly in the ratio of 50%:50%. The more authentic Hakka recipes will call for the usage of salted fish that will flavour the paste used for stuffing.


In China, most of the Yong Tau Foo was  meat stuff in firm bean curd or taukwa. Basically it is as what is implied in the name “ Yong Tau Foo”. . Yong Tau Foo can literally be translated as stuffed filling into a piece of bean curd product be it bean curd skin (tofu skin) or bean curd puff .


However, in Singapore and Malaysia, besides taukwa or taupok, vegetables are used. Usually, vegetables selected are those that have a cavity that you can stuff the fillings. The more common one will be bitter gourd, egg plant, red chilli, green chilli, shitake mushrooms and ladies finger.


As per Wikipedia

“Yong tau foo (also spelled yong tao foo, yong tau fu, yong tau hu or yong tofu; yentafo in Thailand) is a Hakka Chinese food consisting primarily of tofu that has been filled with either a ground meat mixture or fish paste (surimi). Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuff with ground meat or surimi. Yong tau foo is eaten in numerous ways, either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish. It is commonly found in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and in cities where there are large Teochew and Hokkien populations.Traditional Hakka versions of yong tau foo consists of tofu cubes stuffed and heaped with minced meat (usually lamb or pork) and herbs, then fried until golden brown, or sometimes braised. Variations include usage of various condiments, including eggplants, shiitake mushrooms, and bitter melon stuffed with the same meat paste. Traditionally, yong tau foo is served in a clear yellow bean stew along with the bitter melon and shiitake variants.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yong_Tau_Foo)



Servings: 4-5 adult servings


Filling ingredients

  • 400 grams of minced pork
  • 400 grams of fish meat
  • 3 shitake mushrooms, soaked and cut into small pieces
  • 2-3 sprigs of coriander or spring onion
  • 10-20 grams of salted fish
  • 1 tablespoon of castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • Pinches of salt
  • Dashes of white pepper


Vegetables of your choice

  • 1/2 a small bitter gourd, remove seeds, cut in 1 cm thickness
  • 5 red chilli , deseed
  • 5 green chilli, deseed
  • 5 ladies finger, deseed
  • 5 tofu puff, cut into half
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 2 cm thickness and divide into half

All quantities above is for reference and it will depend on your family preference.


Gravy ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons of fermented black beans
  • 1 tablespoon of mince garlic
  • 2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon of corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoon of water
  • 1-1.5 cups of water



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  • Blend all the filling ingredients until fine using a food processor. If you do not have a food processor, you can also use a knife to chop until fine.

  • Use a spoon or a knife, take some filling and stuff into the vegetable cavity. Make sure the fillings are full and firm.

  • In a pot of hot oil, deep fried the vegetable until the vegetable are slightly soft and meat are cooked. Drain and set aside. It is advisable that your deep frying be done in stages in accordance to the type of vegetable . Different vegetable have different cooking time. The ranking of cooking time from longest to shortest shall be : Bean curd (taukwa), bitter gourd, egg plant, chilli and ladies finger. As we will be braising later, the deep frying can be considered done as long as the meat are cooked which is relatively fast (about 3-4 minutes).

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  • In a pot or a wok, have some cooking oil, sauté the garlic until fragrant. Add the fermented black bean followed by adequate water to cover the Yong Tau Foo (start with 1 cup and gradually add). Add oyster sauce and sugar, bring to boil. Add the deep fried Yong Tau Foo. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes. Transfer the braised Yong Tau Foo to the serving plate. Add corn starch solution to the gravy and when the sauce thickens and become transparent, off the heat and drizzle the sauce on top of  the Yong Tau Foo before servings .



The basic recipe is shared with all and variation are many. If you do not like deep frying, you can try steaming until all the vegetable are soft.. If you do not like the braising method, you can boil a pot of stock using soya beans and anchovies, served the Yong Tau Foo with this delicious soup. Otherwise, prepare some curry sauce to go with this. If you have never try this way of preparation, why not give it a try?


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.



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