Yong tau foo

Yong tau foo (simplified Chinese: 酿豆腐; traditional Chinese: 釀豆腐; also spelled yong tao foo, yong tau fu, yong tau hu or yong tofu; yentafo in Thailand) is a Hakka Chinese cuisine consisting primarily of tofu filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste. Variation of this food include vegetables and mushrooms stuffed with ground meat or surimi. Yong tau foo is eaten in numerous ways, either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish.

Yong tau foo
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TypeMain course, soup
Place of originChina
Main ingredientsTofu, meat paste (fish and ground meat)
Yong tau foo
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese釀豆腐
Simplified Chinese酿豆腐
Literal meaning"stuffed bean curd"
Thai name
Thaiเย็นตาโฟ [jēntāːfōː]

It is commonly found in parts of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, and in cities where there are large Hakka, Teochew and Hokkien populations.[1]


Hakka yong tau foo soup served with noodles


Traditional Hakka versions of yong tau foo consists of tofu cubes stuffed and heaped with minced meat (usually lamb or pork) and herbs, then fried until golden brown, or sometimes braised. Variations include usage of various condiments, including eggplants, shiitake mushrooms, and bitter melon stuffed with the same meat paste. Traditionally, yong tau foo is served in a clear yellow bean stew along with the bitter melon and shiitake variants.[2]

Southeast AsiaEdit

Hakka yong tau foo served with brown sweet bean sauce

In Southeast Asia, the term "yong tau foo" is used to describe a dish instead of the stuffed tofu item exclusively. It is a variation of the above Hakka cuisine as cooked by other dialect groups. The dish can contain a varied selection of food items, including young tau foo, fish balls, crab sticks, bitter melons, cuttlefish, lettuce, ladies fingers, as well as chilis, and various forms of fresh produce, seafood and meats common in Chinese cuisine. Vegetables such as bitter melon and chilis are usually filled with surimi. The foods are then sliced into bite-size pieces, cooked briefly in boiling broth and then served either in the broth as soup or with the broth in a separate bowl. The dish is eaten with chopsticks and a soup spoon and can be eaten by itself or served with a bowl of steamed rice, noodles or rice vermicelli. Another variation of this dish would be to serve it with laksa gravy or curry sauce. Essential accompaniments are a spicy, vinegary chili sauce, originally made with red fermented bean curd and distantly similar in taste to Sriracha sauce, and a distinctive brown sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping.[1]

In Malaysia, particularly the Klang Valley, yong tau foo is often associated with the city of Ampang, Selangor, just outside the eastern end of Kuala Lumpur.

A bowl of Thai yen tafo

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b ภูผาฟ้าทะเล (2012-09-19). "ย้งเที้ยวฟู เย็นตาโฟ". Pantip.com (in Thai).
  2. ^ gabriel (2004-09-21). "น้ำสีแดงๆที่ใช้ใส่เย็นตาโฟนี่มันทำมาจากอะไรครับ แล้วมีขายที่ไหนครับ". Pantip.com (in Thai).