|The Original Tau Kwa Pau in Katong, home of the Noisy Nyonyas!|
|The present location at the junction of Joo Chiat Rd and East Coast Rd.|
|The shop front in the kopi tiam.|
Growing up in Katong, you can't help but have the taste of Tau Kwa Pau etched in your brain. It was originally across the street where Mary's Corner now is which serves the fake ones! Mr Chew's dad a Teochew, started it in 1959 and says it was a Teochew/Baba invention.
It's a deep fried Tofu pocket and the filling is made of diced cucumbers, boiled eggs, deep fried yam cracker and deep fried fish balls. The fake ones are just made of a whole tofu with a cross shaped cut and filings scattered on top. That S&*T don't cut it for me, it MUST be a pocket tofu so you can hold it.
The sauces served with it is a braised duck sauce (the shop also sells Teochew braised duck) and the other a red chili sauce with green chilies inside.
Make sure you tell the shop NOT to cut the tofu as it's better in it's whole form uncut so you can eat it like a burger.
You are now ready for heaven. Trust me, it's better than a Big Mac.
They cost only $2.40 for a pair which is half the cost of a latte at Starbucks and I bet it tastes better too.
They have 3 menus: breakfast 2, lunch 4 and dinner 6... I'm just kidding!
So look no further as this is the only Tao Kwa Pau shop in the world! Welcome to the real Katong.
126 East Coast Road at Joo Chiat junction.
8am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays
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