Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ampang Yong Tau Foo in a Penang Red House

Yong Tau Foo is one of the food raved about in the capital city; and one of the overrated places to find the best is in Ampang.

Well, not necessarily so anymore as the Yong Tau Foo has expanded its influence to the northern region in the famous Lorong Selamat in Penang.

Red House Yong Tau Foo, taking after the Ampang YTF fame has recently opened their outlet along this famous eatery lane.
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It is so new that it still has that hint of fresh coat paint in the shop, and the brightly lit shop is always something to attract attention from passer-bys.

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The menu is displayed for you to see and unlike KL, the waitress will still drop by and take down the number of pieces of YTF you would like to order.
(In KL, you fill in the forms on the table and the waiters will collect them)

We didn't order much, as the choices were rather limited (in my opinion) although they do have the basic fried dumplings, lady fingers, chilies, bean curd, fish balls, and fish cakes, priced at RM0.80 per piece
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The fried fish cakes were not too bad
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Freshly fried, the crispy skin and the fishy taste was enticing!
(Apologies to those who love the non-fishy fish..hehe:)

To me, the most important element in Yong Tau Foo is the sauce; as the food is easily found everywhere but the recipe of the sweet sauce and chili sauce differs from one to another.
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I find this on the average too

The lady recommended their Assam Fish; priced at Rm2.50 per piece
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Despite it being the highly recommended specialty dish, I find this Ikan Kembung in Assam gravy on the average only as it was rather oily and diluted.

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Their drinks include the homecooked herbal longan tea and barley
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I am not sure whether they are still too new or probably due to the rainy weather (it was raining when I was there) or the economy situation could be one of the blame factors, I don't see people patronizing this new outlet.
Perhaps, they just need more time.
Probably, they should try adding some new items to their menu as well; to introduce a more varied selection to attract the customers.

Just a penny for my thought *smiles*

8 comments:

  1. I have not visited this place yet...hope they will take steps to improve on its menu.

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  2. This is very expensive! RM0.80 per piece.

    I am pretty frequent to Ampang traditional YTF for lunch and it cost RM0.60 per piece only.

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  3. Aiks! I guessed you did not read my review on them. They have been there for months but still no improvement on their menu and taste. Some more overpriced. Sorry to say, I have tasted better ones in Penang.

    http://crizfood.com/

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  4. Lorong Selamat ='cut throat' eatery lane now?! :)

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  5. not impressed by ampang ytf branches at all...

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  6. 80 cents per piece, is this expensive or reasonable??

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  7. I think Yong Tau Foo will not be a popular food in Penang.

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