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05 August 2006 @ 01:03 am
kuala lumpur yum yum  
earlier this year, i suddenly discovered the joys of eating 'yong tau foo'. this literally translates into 'stuffed tofu', but the strange thing is, tofu is only one of the many types of things they stuff in this dish. :) common items are lady's fingers (my favourite), bittergourd slices, chillies, eggplant slices, mushrooms, fishballs, fishcakes, green leafy vegetables and a mindboggling collection of tofu in various forms. stuffings vary from place to place. they can be made from either plain fish paste, or a mixture of fish paste and minced meat (this rocks).

simply pick your desired items from the trays, and present them to your friendly 'yong tau foo' person for preparation. you can choose to have rice or noodles with your selected items, which can be served with soup or without.

seems very vegetarian doesn't it?

there's a great explanation of this dish [right here].

it's great way to detox. just avoid the fried items! (although the fried items are very yummy) :P

some time ago, i was on a day trip to kuala lumpur. an old friend, lokey, took me out for some kickass 'yong tau foo', done hakka style.

everything was really fresh. broth was very tasty and the very delicate noodles were drenched in heavenly sauce. that wasn't all. lokey had insisted we grab some of these dumplings filled with fish paste and salted egg yolk. these were sinfully fantastic! the other note-worthy items were the deep-fried intestines - crispy on the outside, bursting with juices and flavour on the inside.

t'was a real pity i only got to eat this wonderful meal in KL and was too tired for dinner or supper. lokey tells me the food there is pretty darn good and there's too much yumminess i've yet to munch on! but have no fear, i will be back up there for more food missons! :)

feelin': sleepysleepy
jasonmichaels on August 4th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Unidentified yummy things in soup? I don't know if I'd take that leap of faith.
JVdrag0nette on August 5th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
don't worry jason, they're mostly greens. :) you like salad, don't you?
jasonmichaels on August 6th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
OK, I suppose I'll trust you just this once.

By the way, what country are you in?
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 6th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
singapore! :)

(will you still trust me if i put this face on? it seems to be your favourite!)
jasonmichaels on August 6th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
No!! I don't take candy or indentified soups from evil strangers!

I asked because I'm researching places to live and work overseas. Singapore is supposedly one of the top cities for quality of life/cost of living.
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on August 6th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
i guess it's not too bad if you didn't live here all your life. :)

accomodation and food can be cheap if you look for good deals and aren't up for a swanky lifestyle. well, even a slightly swanky lifestyle is actually quite affordable. just don't try to buy a car. :)

i'd still rather live in melbourne though.
jasonmichaels on August 6th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Are there any downsides to living there? (Besides illegal oral sex and caning.) I'm also looking at South Korea and Tokyo.
JV: japogothdrag0nette on August 6th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
people spend insane amounts of money living in japan. o.o i have heard horror stories. i think you're more likely to have more in your pocket if you choose singapore.

downside? it's hot as fuck, humid as fuck, and the general public is an unfriendly bunch. many, many rude people take the public transport during peak hours. hell, many, many rude people are everywhere at all times! no offense to patriots reading this. basically, i feel that this is a close-minded society.
jasonmichaels on August 6th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Toyko is expensive, but comparable to New York. And it looks like a lot of fun. I think the salaries are higher in contrast.

You've dissuaded me from Singapore. It's not so much about money as it is about trying out a different society. If people are assholes then it's not worth it. They're probably sexually repressed.

Have you considered moving elsewhere?
JV: speckydrag0nette on August 6th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
i consider melbourne my true home. i'm only in singapore now because my old friends and family are here. i don't mind being here for awhile since i know i will move back to melbourne eventually. doesn't matter when. can be 5 years, 10 years etc.

in japan when you rent a place to live, they make you pay 6 months of rent upfront, AS A TOKEN. not as advance rent. this sum is just to thank the landlords for renting the place to you. then you pay your normal rent on top of that. i'd say that's fuct.

singapore can be great if you make a good circle of pals. i can probably plonk you into a nice group of internationals if you do end up coming here. :)
jasonmichaels on August 6th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)

Even if people are pricks, by the looks of your journal, at least I'll never go hungry.

Do you have a name, or is it dragonette.
JV: eatdrag0nette on August 7th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
it's jessica val. pleased to meet you! :P
jasonmichaels on August 7th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Same here.. Jessica Evil!
JV: poohdrag0nette on August 7th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on August 6th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
it all looks really good. okay the deep fried platter looks really really good! lol but i love soup and noodles so the whole post here is great for me :)

thought of you the other day cause i remember you saying i should try quail eggs - was in an asian market and they had them in cans. i was thinking fresh was probably better than what every they do before they can them..they werent pickled or anything so canned eggs seemed kind of odd.

so i got lots of pocky instead :)

JVdrag0nette on August 6th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
oh yes, you did right. canned eggs sound a little wrong! quail eggs should come in little plastic cartons, much like chicken eggs but tinier. i'll see if i can snap a picture the next time i see them. :)
seth_sara: woofseth_sara on August 7th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
wow! where in kl is this??!!

yummy... the intestines looks too good to be missed! i'm heading there !! please let me have the address!!! =P~~
JV: japogothdrag0nette on August 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
i'll ask my friend and get back to you babe! :) when are you going?
seth_saraseth_sara on August 15th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
hee i go every once a month... goin this weekend in fact... ;D
JV: eatdrag0nette on August 15th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
he says it's on jalan brunei barat, pudu.. and it's quite hard to find. that's all the info he has. :P good luck!
seth_saraseth_sara on August 15th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
hee... i'll get hubby to bring me there... he shd know the streets better! =D

in any case.. my mil makes really good ytf too! jus that the noodles are lacking... =p~~
JV: leaf116drag0nette on August 15th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
oooh, for the noodles, just make sure you rinse them with soup stock to make them less starchy. and fry some garlic bits in oil, and drizzle a little (with garlic bits) on the noodles to make them smooth. can also make a minced meat sauce to drizzle too. :)