Hakka Yong Tau Foo is one of many dishes that are unique to Malaysia, which is why it isn’t easy to come across in Australia. The dish which comprises of tofu blocks and vegetables stuffed with fish paste is a labour of love and it requires a skilled hand to make. According to its owners Yin and Suzanne, M Yong Tofu is one of four restaurants in Melbourne that serves the dish.
As its signature dish, M Yong Tofu takes making it seriously and made using traditional methods learned from authentic Malaysian eateries. The all-important fish paste is handmade, using fresh blue grenadier with a localised take on the recipe to suit the properties of the fish’s meat. As the fish paste loses its texture when frozen, a fresh batch of fish paste is made every two days with no preservatives. To ensure consistency, M Yong Tofu’s owners still visit local markets to personally select the ingredients, as those delivered by commercial suppliers vary in size.
Besides Hakka Yong Tau Foo, M Yong Tofu’s Homemade Egg Tofu is a customers’ favourite due to its soft texture and delicious flavour. The Homemade Egg Tofu is made by combining eggs with soy milk and steaming the mixture in a bowl before frying it. M Yong Tofu serves two versions of the dish, one topped with dried shrimp and another with fresh mushrooms for vegetarians.
The restaurant is located in Melbourne’s outer city suburb of Flemington. Besides the Yong Tau Foo, don’t forget to give its other popular Malaysian dishes a try, such as the Yam Ring Chicken, Crispy Oat King Prawn, Nyonya Fish, Handmade Egg Tofu, Black Truffle King Prawns, and Diced Beef with Truffle Olive Oil.
M Yong Tofu is still open for takeaways from 11 am – 9 pm (closing 1 hour early as compared to normal operating hours) during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown. Home delivery options are also available through various online platforms.