Ah Lock Tofu

June 02, 2018 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Ah Lock Tofu
51 Yishun Avenue 11 #01-08

https://www.facebook.com/ahlocktofu/


Ah Lock Tofu Meal Flat Lay
Ah Lock Tofu Meal Flat Lay (SGD $7)



Delicious Hakka Tofu Bowls

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 5
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $7 per person.


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Opened in September 2017 along with the other stalls in Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Ah Lock Tofu has quickly gained a loyal following for their signature tofu rice bowl; a modern fusion dish that manages to retain traditional Chinese Hakka flavours. Ah Lock Tofu was set up by first-time F&B entrepreneur Lee Lock Teng, who hand-makes each component of the dish using fresh ingredients, drawing on heritage family recipes to create wonderful flavours.

Ambience at Ah Lock Tofu is shared with the rest of the hawker centre, which isn't a bad thing. The modern concept is bright, airy, and spacious, as well as being rather clean. Amenities such as sinks and loyalty card top-up kiosks are well positioned and accessible. Feels very comfortable walking around here.

Service at Ah Lock Tofu is completely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection of orders over the counter. Staff are friendly and helpful though, and will engage you in conversation while waiting. That said, fulfillment of orders is really quick, taking about 5 minutes or so. I observed a fair amount of repeat / loyal customers visiting on weekends.

Food at Ah Lock Tofu is Modern Singaporean fusion, drawing on influences from Japanese donburi / rice bowls, and traditional Chinese Hakka yong tau foo and lei cha / thunder tea rice dishes. Labourious effort goes into hand-making everything, taking between 3 - 6 hours daily. Portions are sized for individuals. Prices are affordable, budget about SGD $7 per person for a meal here.


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Ah Lock Tofu Facade
Ah Lock Tofu Facade


Ah Lock Tofu Menu
Ah Lock Tofu Menu



Loved the refreshing and vibrant Thunder Tea Soup (SGD $1), with its herbal vegetal sweet flavours. The thin and astringent texture of the soup / broth lends itself well here. I like using it as a gravy, spooning it generously over the rice bowl.

Thunder Tea Soup
Thunder Tea Soup (SGD $1)



The Hakka Tofu Bowl (SGD $5.50) is the signature dish here, and on occasion, also the only dish available on the menu. Warm, sticky fluffy Japanese short grain white rice forms the base, with traditional Chinese Hakka thunder tea rice toppings, including crunchy long beans, a tender multi-name vegetable called sauropus androgynus / mani cai / cekur manis / star gooseberry / sweet leaf, and crispy kombu kelp seaweed flakes. Delicate vegetal herbal grainy sweet flavours here.

The highlight is the traditional Chinese Hakka yong tau foo toppings; 2 pieces each of handmade minced pork stuffed tofu beancurd, and minced pork stuffed tofu beancurd puffs. Each bite is juicy, tender, and chewy, with good savoury salty sweet flavours. I understand pork belly is used, striking a balance between healthy and decadent. Overall, an excellent dish. Highly recommended!

Hakka Tofu Bowl (SGD $5.50)


Hakka Tofu Bowl
Hakka Tofu Bowl


Hakka Tofu Bowl


Minced Pork Stuffed Tofu Beancurd Puff


Minced Pork Stuffed Tofu Beancurd



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