Correct me if I am wrong but the people of Kuala Lumpur seem to be really big on Yong Tau Foo. In fact, the entire area in Ampang has been dedicated to a number of eateries that serves this Hakka delicacy. Foodies who have done their homework will immediately point to Restoran Foong Foong for the best Ampang Yong Tau Foo in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Operating since 1974, this restaurant has built up quite a reputation for itself.
To beat the crowd, we woke up super early at 7.30am on a weekend morning. When we reached the restaurant at around 9.30am, the place was already bustling with people. It took us around 10 minutes to get a seat and according to our local friend Terrence that was considered a very short wait.
There was no menu available. We can only refer to a simple price indication written on a white board on one of its walls. If you sit and wait at your seat nothing is going to happen. One have to make your way over to the counter to place your order. I was really amused by the use of a mic to convey the order to the kitchen, these people are pretty high tech. We are also expected to make payment at the same counter at the end of the meal.
Despite having no table numbers, our order of freshly fried dumplings and crispy rolls was miraculously appeared on our table within minutes. They were accompanied by spicy and flavourful dipping sauces.
Anything that’s freshly fried cannot go wrong. The dumplings were good but not mind blowing. I was more impressed with the crispy rolls. Crunchy on the outside yet spongy with lots of air pockets in its interior, this deep fried morsel presented a unique texture that’s really addictive.
Next came the Yong Tau Foo version that many of us are more familiar with. Before we even move our chopsticks, I was already sold by the gorgeous display of colours from the brightly coloured red chilli, green ladyfingers and purple eggplant. From the looks of it, the vegetables have gone through some frying.
The most obvious difference between the Yong Tau Foo here and Singapore was the generous portion of both the vegetable and its filling. My thick slice of bitter gourd was bursting with the meat and fish paste. The best part? Every piece of fried item and Yong Tau Foo cost only RM$1 which equates to less than S$0.50. Super value for money!
While my friends were lazing around after the meal, I sneaked around to check out how they prepare their Yong Tau Foo. Just snapped how they mass produce the yummy fillings.
To cater to the never-ending stream of walk-in customers, the kitchen was fully staffed to churn out delicious Yong Tau Foo in double quick time. Everyone had their own specific scope of work and the entire process ran like clockwork.
Once the Yong Tau Foo items were ready, they enjoy a quick soak through hot oil before being served onto our tables.
In case you have room for more, snacks and fruits are available from mobile stores anchored just outside the restaurant.
Although we did not have the opportunity to try the rest of the Ampang Yong Tau Foo restaurants, our local guide assured us that we have tasted the best Yong Tau Foo in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. If you are keen to pay them a visit, here are the full details:
Restoran Foong Foong (Non – Halal)
Address: 621-A, Jalan Besar Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
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