Something fishy…

We wanted to go for some yong tofu the other day but when we got to this place, to our disappointment, it was closed. It being the school holidays right now, they probably have gone off some place on a vacation so we had no choice but to go around town and much to our delight, we found a stall here selling more or less the same stuff (RM5.50)…

FoodCourts yong tofu

It certainly is much cheaper here than at that other place. The brinjal and bitter gourd stuffed with fish paste were very nice and they were very generous with the ladies’ fingers ones. There was also tang hoon (glass noodles) in it…

FoodCourts yongtofu 2

I thought it was quite good but I feel that the ones at the other place would be very much nicer – somehow the clear soup there tastes better.

I saw this at another stall that day…

Curly veg

…and could not resist taking a photograph of it. According to Annie-Q, this variety of greens is not available in K.L. though I would not know exactly how true that is. We call it khiew chai (curly vegetables) and it is only good for cooking soup. We will always have that for steamboats and there was a bit as well in that bowl of yong tofu that we had. If you fry it, it will shrink so badly that you will not have very much left to serve…and it will not look very presentable either.

A day later, Melissa and I were browsing at a gift shop in town and by George, she caught a fish!!!…

Melissa & Figaro

Wait a minute! A whale is a mammal and not a fish, right? Ah well!!! It is so soft and cuddly, nice to hold and hug and she loves it a lot. She calls it Figaro – after one of the songs inย that operatic animated feature on a singing whale. I enjoyed watching that cartoon very much – you should click the link and check it out too. I think it has an underlying message of how hard it is for people to accept those that are different from them and unique in their own ways.

Well, never mind whether that is a fish or not, as long she loves it, it is worth getting for her. Wink! Wink!

Author: suituapui

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33 thoughts on “Something fishy…”

  1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hello Uncle Art! LOL! could not resist not to leave a comment about your Q on the ‘curly vege’ couldit be a Swiss Chard? ๐Ÿ™‚

    No idea what it’s called in English, only know it’s khiew chai – curly veg. Good in soup, should be great in salads too.

  2. STP, where have you been to? I missed your comments in my blog, by the way, I love yong tou fu too but I normally go dry.

    Still around. Travelling right now, abroad…so not that much time to bloghop and leave comments.

  3. Melissa having a whale of a time with Moby Dick..haha

    She’s certainly having a whale of a time now here in Wellington…gone to some park for the Christmas “Party at the Park” now. I came back after the Santa Christmas Parade, old man…not so tahan.

  4. I heard the person who managed the yong tofu store in sing long retired. ๐Ÿ™‚ haha.. Your daughter certainly looks very happy with the fish… Err.. Mammal ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh? Is that so? We didn’t ask – just looked, saw…and drove away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. After all these years of living in Sibu, I’ve never seen yong tau foo. I thought we didn’t have it. Heh. But then again I’ve never actively searched as it’s not something I really enjoy but your dish looks good though, and I bet it’ll go great as a companion soup/meat with kampua.

    That is an interesting whale, it certainly looks cute but I’ve never seen the animated cartoon before. Out of date I guess. Haha.

    It’s an old one, a very very old one – I watched it over and over again when my daughter was small. Recorded it on video tape from the tv for her and she loved it… Not exactly yong tofu, the one here – they have sets/fixed combinations for you to order…and you do not get to choose the items that you like.

    1. Interesting! I don’t recognize the cartoon at all, maybe it caught me in a different phase.

      Nice! I still think fixed combos will be good with kampua…or maybe I’m just craving for kampua too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Been awhile since you were home. Not long now – Chinese New Year is next month.

      1. Chinese New Year not in Feb??

        It is eh? Somebody just told me, around 10-11…. Me, retired, dunno day and date and sometimes, tine too.

  6. Yes, as long as Melissa loves it, it is worth buying! Just look at her happy and joyful face!! She is such a nice girl.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, and she’s all I have…and whatever she wants, all I will give to her… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I think it is true, I haven’t seen those curly veges here. Would be very nice n a salad. Hah..hah… Melissa loves the whale ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh? It’s very common here. Wonder why it’s not available there.

  8. Figaro. Heard of the name somewhere, but certainly didn’t expect it to be one of the Disney cartoon characters.

    Was the bitter gourd overcooked? This Yong Tau Foo stall that I often go to seems to have a problem with it being perfect. As for those curly veges, they look like baby lettuces. It goes the same way with midin; nobody was selling it 8 years ago, and now it’s available here.

    It was just nice, still crunchy…not soft.Figaro’s in one of those classical operas, I think. The whale sang the song in the cartoon. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. well i wonder how you manage to eat that dish on chop sticks haha
    i have tried eating with that kind of utensils but only with dry noodles haha

    I guess we’ve had a lot more practice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. yeah surprisingly whales are not fish they were mamals like us
    haha i googled that for confirmation hahaha
    anyways though i never seen that cartoon that was a cute one

    Gosh! You didn’t know? LOL!!! It’s warm-blooded, like humans. I like the cartoon, enjoyable to watch.

  11. i would say perhaps “something green” for this post, hehe.. the yeong tau fu are all green, the leaves are green.. i like those with tang hoon, but minus the okra of course..

    You don’t like ladies’ fingers? Ahhhhh…you like men’s! Muahahahahahaha!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Yes, I have never seen the curly vege being sold here in Klang Valley. But then hor, judging from the photo, I think the curly vege’s look very much resembles the ‘nai yau choy’, which looks like a dwarfed version of siew pak choy, only thing is that the leaves are curly just like the curly vege and the leaves are dark green colour unlike curly vege’s which is light green. But ‘nai yau’ is used for stir-frying.

    Not too sure, dunno all the names. Hmmm…maybe one of these days, I can blog about the types of veg we have here.

  13. Somebody in this house loves Yong tau fu and would often crave for it. Once, J and I were loitering in one of of the lane in Melbourne and saw a stall selling all kinds of Yong tau fu and we told that somebody and he went to try them the next time he was there.He got a bad case of lau-sai after having those Yong tau fu and the good news is, that episode definately cured him of that craving.. muahaha.

    Hahahahaha!!! Poor thing! So jahat, still laugh at him. You should sayang2, quick-quick make for him to eat… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I love yong tau fu too! Looks like that bowl there is a little too small for you, no?

    That was 10 o’clock break so it was ok. Definitely not enough if for a main meal.

  15. Yong Tau Foo, we cooked this quite often at home, and ours is dried version and with sauce .

    Khiew Chai, so far i stay in KL for 20 years, i never see this vegetable in market.

    Cute Whale, Melissa still like stuff toy?

    She loves cute stuff… Still a kid at heart! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. That price is pretty reasonable. Over here one piece of YTF is already RM1 to RM1.10 a piece. Not counting the noodle yet

    This one’s cheap…the other place, more expensive but nicer.

  17. Seeing your daughter smiled like this with Figaro must be Priceless for you!

    interesting Khiew Cai.. is it crunchy like rommaine?

    Yes, yes, anything to make her happy… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The veg is like sawi, maybe a little crunchier…and different in taste.

  18. The YTF look good especially the bitter gourd. The curly vege… teo chew people love it but I don’t quite fancy, prefer lettuce.
    Nice mammal… I also want.. you need another grown up daughter? LOL

    Lettuce…I prefer the local variety, what we call salad chai (vegetable)…

  19. It’s always nice to see pictures of your daughter, she always seems to be smiling, which is great.

    We love clear soup in our house. It’s one of my daughters favorite comfort foods, that and a nice chunky stew. The greens look a lot like Swiss chard, it’s one of my favorite greens (we have a lot of dark leafy greens growing in our garden) we have them growing in our garden, and they come in a variety of colors (that I grow also.) I also call them edible jewels, some of the colors are vibrant!

    I’ve heard of Figaro but never saw the original cartoon. Although, after watching the short I can say I’ve heard all the songs featured. My father was eight-years old when this was released.

    Somebody mentioned that name earlier. Maybe in the same family…and more or less the same – this is good in soups or for salads. I think the songs are from all the famous classical operas. I enjoyed it very much…but it saddened my daughter that they killed the whale in the end. That’s her for you – very soft-hearted. Ya…I’d like to believe that she’s a very happy individual and that makes me happy too.

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