There is a small hawker centre on Jin Basar Road, near Farrer Park under the Travellers Loft where you can a delicious bowl of Yong Tau Foo in Singapore. People Park Hakka serves hand-made Yong Tau Foo based on a family recipe. The sauces and chilli are all home made and the ingredients are fresh. But the best thing is the taste… whether you have their best selling laksa version or a more healthier clear soup base, you are guaranteed a flavoursome meal that will leave you feeling content.
Flossy’s rating: ★★★★
Yong Tau Foo is a hugely popular Hakka Chinese dish in Singapore that you will come across in most hawker centres and food courts. It is tofu that is stuffed with meat or fish mince and can be served with a bean gravy or in soup or laksa along with other vegetables, chilli and noodle. It is one of my favourite dishes for lunch or dinner because it tastes good and it is a healthier option since the ingredients are steamed cooked (or at least I tell myself this).
When you come to the People Park Hakka stall you will be met with an assortment of many interesting, colourful and a few weird looking ingredients in boxes and trays. These ingredients include aubergine, Chinese broccoli, coriander and other fresh herbs, chilli and okra stuffed with fish paste, enoki mushrooms, cuttlefish, crab sticks, boiled eggs, and lots of different fish balls or tofu parcels stuffed with fish paste. On my recent visit, I took a bowl and selected mostly vegetables but also one of the prawn and fish tofu parcels which are my favourite. Once you have chosen your ingredients using the provided tongs, you then tell the chef how you would like it cooked and if you want any noodles added.
I almost always go for the clear broth with yellow noodles, as the soup is flavoursome and not watered down. As it does not taste too salty or appear too yellow, it assures me it is not made from a stock cube. However this place is particularly famous for its laksa soup base, and some evenings there is a queue is forming for this dish.
The average bowl of Yong Tau Foo here is around $5. Some people complain this is one of the more expensive Yong Tau Foo hawker stalls, but you get what you pay for and there is no disputing the freshness of the food. However the downside is that there is no transparency regarding pricing. Usually for Yong Tau Foo, there will be a board showing the costs depending on how many ingredients you choose. Here there are no prices on display.
The People Park Hakka food stall is a great little gem in Farrer Park and so far, it serves one the best Yong Tau Foo I have discovered in Singapore. It is also located at one of the better hawker centres to go to for dinner in Farrer Park. Although it is on a main road, it is situated on a rounded road corner near a patch of green which affords it some privacy and quiet. The place is always predominately filled with the same local residents each night as well as the odd backpacker.
People Park Hakka
Hawker Centre, underneath Travellers Loft
Jin Bihar corner with Allenby Road
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park