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Good stuff!: Homemade yong tau foo with collagen-rich fish broth & curry chee cheong fun

“Yong tau foo with collagen-rich fish soup? Isn’t that usually served with sliced fish noodles?” Those were the exact questions I had in my head…



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Yong tau foo with collagen-rich fish soup? Isn’t that usually served with sliced fish noodles?” Those were the exact questions I had in my head before visiting Good Stuff! located inside Foodies’ Clan food court at New Tech Park along Lorong Chuan.

good stuff - stuffing yong tau foo

The stall owners have brought along their treasured family recipe for the yong tau foo‘s stuffing. It features delectable ingredients which are harmoniously combined with other seasonings.

good stuff - frying family set items

Each day, every piece is meticulously stuffed by hand— very labour-intensive, I must say. Even with numerous preparations underway, the kitchen remains spotless and well-organised.

good stuff - frying fish bones

Now for the highlight… the broth! Traditional soups for yong tau foo typically use anchovies and soybeans. Good Stuff! stands out from the crowd by first deep-frying copious amounts of fish bones, before undergoing a minimum 3-hour boiling and simmering process, guaranteeing a freshly-prepared batch every single day.

good stuff - fish broth closeup

The result? A pot of robust fish broth bursting with natural goodness. Visually, it is very enticing and I was eager to see if it tastes just as wonderful.

What I tried at Good Stuff!

good stuff - vege delight set

Overflowing with anticipation, I kicked off my afternoon with the Vege Delight Set (Soup) priced at S$6.90.

I combined Fish Soup with Ipoh Hor Fun and requested for the non-fried version for the set. There was also a whole lady’s finger, fishcake, bitter gourd and eggplant submerged in the same soup, served on the side.

For spice fanatics, there’s also a Curry soup option for an additional S$1.20.

good stuff - soup closeup

Without any hesitation, I reached for the soup with my spoon. Its creamy-like texture gleamed like a sea of gemstones under the food court’s spotlight.

The broth was, in all aspects, perfectly-balanced. I was greeted by a rich, collagen-like essence, complemented by delicate umami notes from the fish, and a hint of ginger and natural sweetness. The dish also had just the right amount of oil, lightly coating my tongue with every spoonful.

good stuff - hor fun closeup

I enjoyed slurping up the smooth strands of Ipoh hor fun which paired really well with the rich broth.

good stuff - money cai closeup

The naturally-rough surface of the money cai introduced elements of crunch and texture in contrast to the otherwise soft noodles.

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The pieces of tofu also released short bursts of savoury, decadent soup into my mouth as I bit into them.

good stuff - money cai closeup

The individual vegetables like the bitter gourd and eggplant still maintained their freshness without being overcooked. The bitter gourd wasn’t unpleasantly acrid and the stuffing inside was soft like a smooth mousse.

good stuff - tofu delight

I then moved on to the next dish, the Tofu Delight Set (Dry) for S$6.90. For the dry rendition, you’ll get a choice of either the Homemade Dark Sauce (non-spicy) and the Crispy Prawn Chilli Sauce (spicy); I selected the latter because… spice is life.

good stuff - dry hakka noodles

I paired the Hakka Noodles together with the Spicy Crispy Prawn Chilli Sauce. The dish was adorned with a sprinkling of crispy fried shallots and fresh spring onions, and it featured an intimidating cluster of chunky chilli paste, which certainly made its presence known.

good stuff - tossing noodles

I tossed the bowl of noodles up and the yellow strands gradually took on a slightly red hue with specks of green and red. Despite its unassuming appearance, I was treated to a vibrant medley of sensations and tastes.
good stuff - tossed noodles closeup
The springy noodles carried a pronounced smoky flavour which emanated from the chilli flakes. The heat gradually intensified before my taste buds were enveloped by a bold, fiery kick. Luckily, the spiciness subsided after a brief moment, making way for the intense shrimp flavours and the aromatic shallot oil to shine through.
good stuff - fried ingredients closeup

The Tofu Delight Set also comes with a small bowl of fish soup filled with tofu and money cai, and a platter consisting of fishcake, tau pok, tau kwa and fuchuk. I firmly believe that sinful things always taste better, so I opted for them to be deep-fried— yums!

The fried pieces were coated with a delicate tau cheo (fermented soybeans) gravy, a rarity among yong tau foo stalls in present times. This unique addition introduced an extra dimension of sapid savouriness to the fried delights.

The frying process also seemed to enhance the meat stuffing, enabling me to appreciate the well-executed filling even more.

good stuff - curry chee cheong fun
Next, I switched things up a little and tackled the Curry Chee Cheong Fun (S$3.90). The soft, pillowy rice rolls were drenched in a golden gravy with splotches of chilli oil, garnished with 2 pieces of beancurd skin, fried shallots, sesame seeds and crispy dried shrimp.
good stuff - curry chee cheong fun closeup
Opting to stack all the elements into a single spoonful proved to be a wise choice. The velvety rolled-up dough sheets trapped the enticing curry gravy within their folds, and the interplay of nutty, aromatic, and savoury notes from the trio of toppings was the fulfilment of my gustatory dreams.
good stuff - family set
Our last dish, the Family Delight Set (S$26.90) made an impression when it arrived. The loaded platter had a serving of 24 deep-fried goodies, consisting of a dozen varieties with 2 pieces each. Accompanying it was also a large bowl of fish soup with the usual suspects: beancurd and money cai. The portioning was enough for 2 to 3 persons depending on their appetite.
good stuff - family set closeup
Let me break down the 12 items which were part of the Family Delight Set. There was bitter gourd, tau pok, tau kwa, fuchuk, lady’s fingers, eggplant, mushroom, lotus root, youtiao, fishcake, fried dumpling and tofu (served in the big bowl of soup); all coated with a layer of that lovely tau cheo gravy.
good stuff - youtiao
The youtiao captivated me with its initial, irresistibly crispy exterior. However, the true enchantment lies sandwiched in-between, where a lusciously-soft meat filling awaits.
good stuff - eggplant
The pieces of eggplant were fried to perfection. The exterior boasts a paper-thin layer of crispness that gives way to the inner sanctum of silky-soft flesh.
good stuff - dipping sauces
You can help yourselves to the sweet sauce or Thai sweet chilli from the front counter. Dunk your pieces of yong tau foo into either one of the dips, or combine both of them to elevate them to new heights.

Final thoughts

good stuff - overview

I had the best of both worlds pairing yong tau foo with rich and creamy fish broth. While the non-fried version was healthier, it was the irresistible allure of the deep-fried rendition which captured my heart.

Head down to Good Stuff! today and experience this heavenly combination for yourself!

Expected damage: S$7 – S$11 per pax

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