Kuala Lumpur - That Tofu Thang at Yap Chong (叶昭茶室) Restaurant!
Hakka food seems to be big in Kuala Lumpur these days, and Yap Chong is one of the many in the city catering to this demand.
Dinner this evening consisted of:
- Hakka braised pork and yam. Chockful of strong flavors. The pork belly slices, interspersed with yam pieces had been steamed for so long that they were practically melt-in-the-mouth tender;
- Stir-fried prawns with salted ducks' egg-yolks. I wished the prawns were shelled, but the flavors were again very robust here,
- Yap Chong's signature tofu dish, a humongous boob-shaped steamed tofu dish named after a well-endowed HK porn actress, Amy Yip (葉子楣) for obvious reasons. Amy Yip's Tofu was soft, fine, and topped with fragrant stir-fried dried shrimps, drizzled with soysauce.
We found out later that Yap Chong's also famous for their steamed fish, which often came covered in minced ginger. A return trip seemed in order soon.
Restaurant Yap Chong 叶昭茶室
16-18, Old Pudu Ulu, Batu 3 1/2, off Jalan Cheras,
Tel: +603 9284 9649
Hmm. If I had just been driving around idly and not known specifically about it I doubt I would have chosen to stop at this place, from the looks of it. :-P I imagine the place was recommended to you? The food looks nice.
Was there anything inside Amy Yip's tofu tit?
BTW, the place seems to be better located with its address as Jalan Pudu Hulu...
The "boob' was just plain home-made tofu - very delicate and silken-smooth though.
But you're right - it's not somewhere you'd have noticed, unless someone specifically mentioned it. In this case, it popped up in some local KL bloggers' write-ups, so I got a Hakka friend here to go with me. Very tasty food, I must admit. The place was perpetually packed, and service was a bit snooty - like "take it or leave it" attitude. But I love places like this - everyone looked local, with nary a "foreigner" in sight (except me, of couse, hee-hee)