My mom used to make her own fishballs and fish cakes at home. She still does, but not as often, due to age and declining health.
Sometimes, she’d set aside some fish paste to make yong tau foo, and I’d help her to stuff them. Taupok was the easiest. The trickiest? Bittergourd rings!
These days, many yong tau foo stalls in hawker centres and food courts “short-cut” by getting their supplies from external sources. Hence, their yong tau foo lacks that home-made quality which I miss so much.
Thankfully, there are still a handful of vendors who continue to make their own yong tau foo, including processing their own fish paste from scratch. Read this story to find out where you can find these dedicated yong tau foo masters!