Best Yong Tau Foo in Johor Bahru (JB)

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Affordable, adorable and absolutely delicious – Yong Tau Foo is among the crowd-pulling attraction in hawker stalls and restaurants. Tracking back a little history, this Hakka-Chinese dish first started off by filling tofu with minced pork meat, as our craving and creativity expanded, it has taken new forms and they are still evolving. Predominantly these days, fish paste has given minced pork its heyday to reach a wider audience. Each mouth-watering morsel is prepared with intensive labour and deft skills before its spread sumptuously, and it’s tagged as a healthy food if it's boiled and sinfully delicious if it’s fried. Either you pair it with assorted noodles or delve it down by its own; you’re guaranteed to fall head over heels with joints below. 

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    Ampang Yoong Tau Foo

    The brainchild of husband and wife from Kuala Lumpur who missed their hometown delicacy so much, they rolled up their sleeves and teamed up with Homeland Yong Tau Foo from Ampang, then started churning out YTF that is nothing short of spectacular. The assorted goodness is generously stuffed with Mackerel paste with a tinge of starch then boiled to perfection. The stuffed bitter gourd, brinjal, ladies finger and tofu are delicious and if you need a deep-fried party too –fried tofu crisps filled with fish paste and fried wanton stuffed with carrot, fish and “wood ear” fungus are spot on. 

    Tips

    Easily spotted with a large Bruce Lee wall mural and yellow signboard

    Things to expect

    Never-ending crowd during peak hours

    Best with

    Braised chicken feet with mushroom

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM20.00

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    Ampang Yoong Tau Foo @ Taman Kempas View restaurant

    Jln Kempas Utama 1/3, Taman Kempas Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 81300 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    075500237

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    10:30AM—09:00PM
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    Restoran Ah KoongNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Reaping up reputations as one of the best spots to savour fish ball noodles, this renowned restaurant is commonly filled to the brim and it’s worth ogling for an empty table. The real deal here is coupling their signature noodles with a hearty bowl of Yong Tau Foo to elevate your meal to a further degree. They are never skimp on the filling and the flavour from the broth is slurp-worthy too. For a dose of spiciness, dabble in their chilli sauce or chopped chillies. 

    Tips

    Mee Pok

    Things to expect

    Pretty cold restaurant, the aircond is set pretty high

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM20.00

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    Restoran Ah Koong @ Taman Sentosa View restaurant

    266, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073313621

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    06:30AM—11:30PM
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    Gerai Makanan Kokki

    This humble eatery deviates from the norm by taking Yong Tao Foo to a whole new level. Grab yourself a spot in the open-air dining space by the street and nab a bowl of YTF dunked in a curry broth. Chunks of fresh vegetables which are filled with a melange of pork and fish paste are drenched with a scarlet-red broth that is packed with savoury and spiced to suit the taste buds of all ages. Your belly certainly deserves another bowl, if you’re sticking to curry or heading back to the clear broth, it’s up to you.

    Tips

    Braised chicken claws are not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Laid-back ambiance

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM20.00

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    Gerai Makanan Kokki View restaurant

    Jalan Tun Teja, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    05:30PM—12:00AM
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    Choy Kee KL Ampang Yong Tau Foo

    Among the leading contenders in the Yong Tau Foo scene and it’s habitually filled with hordes of clienteles. Upon walking in, be astounded by a parade of palatable morsels that are filled the traditional Hakka way - fresh minced mackerel fish, salted fish and pork. Once you’re done cherry-picking, it’s loaded into a sumptuous soup that is made from stock bones and soybeans. The broth lends a savoury kick and a little salty too, in a good way. To further evoke your appetite; be sure of pairing these poofy pearls with a bowl of yellow noodles – tossed with soy and lard sauce, which work wonders with the YTF. To know how fresh your meal is, you can actually witness it being done before your eyes. 

    Tips

    The road side parking is free

    Things to expect

    Spacious and neat backdrop

    Best with

    Spicy sambal

    Price

    RM1.10 to RM20.00

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    Choy Kee KL Ampang Yong Tau Foo @ JB View restaurant

    9, Jalan Temenggung 9, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    08:30AM—06:00PM
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    Yong Tau Foo Kampung Melayu

    Don’t be deterred by the unassuming outlook of the eatery as you’ll find one of the finest Yong Tao Foo which is easy on the wallet too. During weekends, the YTF stall always has a long queue that stretches across the length of the stall itself. Expect no fillings but the bevy of ingredients is sure to charm your taste buds, especially the crabsticks and sausages. Notch up the bowl with assorted vegetables and dip in their pleasantly spicy sauce. 

    Tips

    Packed during weekends, get in early

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambiance

    Best with

    Assorted local drinks

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM20.00

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    Yong Tau Foo Kampung Melayu View restaurant

    12, Jalan Sagu 1, Taman Daya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    11:00AM—06:00PM
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    New Star Food Court

    Not the first place that comes to mind for a Yong Tau Foo but it’s a must-visit. Nestled within a lively food court, you can easily spot tables graced with platters of YTF. With a fabulous fare to choose from, there are both deep-fried and boiled versions filled with their delectable paste and sprinkled with chopped spring onions. It looks so enticing when it’s placed before you, you might opt for another plate instead of looking at other options in the food court. 

    Tips

    Pair it up with noodles

    Things to expect

    Decent amount of choices

    Best with

    Ice tea

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM20.00

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    New Star Food Court View restaurant

    185, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80150, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    10:00AM—05:00PM
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    Restaurant Sze Zai Hiong

    This commodious restaurant has been earning endless boasting from the locals for an authentic Hakka meal. You sure knew Yong Tao Foo is the mainstay on the menu as the kitchen puts in lots of effort to ensure it satisfies your expectations. Moreish morsels are stacked in claypot and showered with a clear broth and finished with chopped spring onions. For optimal satisfaction, their rice wine chicken, fried five-spiced pork, and steamed fish head got to be part of your order too. 

    Tips

    Don't miss their other Nyonya delicacies

    Things to expect

    Air conditioned and neat ambiance

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM1.00 to RM20.00

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    Restaurant Sze Zai Hiong View restaurant

    56-78, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    11:00AM—08:00PM
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    Ah Choon Yong Tau Foo

    Boasting a 20-year legacy, Mr. Ah Choon has been stacking up a decent name for his pork ball noodles and Yong Tao Foo. Be prepared for an awkward silence while choosing your ingredients to fill up your bowl as everything looks appealing. It’s then boiled and dunked into a clear broth which takes your palate on a savoury ride. What sets them apart is the homemade sauce, other contenders may look at sauce as a regular condiment but Ah Choon has put in additional effort. The bright-red sauce is absolutely addictive, tear-jerking and you just can’t get enough of it. 

    Tips

    Dont be skimp with the sauce

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd

    Best with

    Pork ball noodles

    Price

    RM1.20 to RM20.00

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    Ah Choon Yong Tau Foo View restaurant

    90-94, Jalan Meranti, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    08:00AM—04:00PM
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    Ak Noodles House

    Hailed as the cognoscenti of fish ball noodle, AK Noodles House needs no introduction in Johor Bahru. Aside from the impeccably good noodles, their Yong Tau Foo is also cornering the headlines as variety is the main draw here. The best seller curry YTF is a gorgeous looking dish that offers a medley of savoury and spicy whirlwind on your palate along artisanal handmade YTF which is stuffed with addictive filling. You can also opt for the regular boiled version which is served with a treacly sauce or turn a little sinful with their deep-fried morsels. If you’re a fan of Yong Tao Foo, you’re in seventh heaven. 

    Tips

    Check out their website

    Things to expect

    Assorted noodles and soups

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

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    AK Noodle House View restaurant

    MAIN PLACE USJ 21 Lot LK-08, Lower Ground Floor, Jalan USJ 21/10,, 47630, Subang Jaya, Selangor
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    0380215670

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Introducing the most authentic and original recipes of Hakka Yong Tau Foo with the slight hint of a Ipoh small town! Thumb Up is a small hawker stall like any other, but packs a huge punch in all of their dishes ranging from bitter gourd and eggplant stuffed with meat and boiled in a light, but flavourful broth to bring out the true flavours of the Yong Tau Foo! One bite, and you'll be giving two thumbs up for this hidden Hakka gem!

    Tips

    Some items tend to be sold out quicker than others.

    Things to expect

    Authentic Hakka Yong Tau Foo straight from Ipoh.

    Best with

    Everything, and then boil it in soup.

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    Thumb Up View restaurant

    105a, Jalan Nb2 2/2, Taman Nusa Bestari 2, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
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    0165412668

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:30AM—01:30PM
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    ChangLai Yong Tau Foo

    A new must-visit place for Yong Tau Foo is here! ChangLai Yong Tau Foo, situated at Jalan Bestari 1/5, is very easily noticeable from the main road. Starting from only RM1.30 per piece, this Yong Tau Foo place is surely an affordable place for lunch or dinner! 

    Tips

    Closed on Thursday (2nd and 4th week of the month)

    Things to expect

    Cozy dining environment

    Best with

    Cold drinks

    Price

    RM1.30 to RM22.00

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    ChangLai Yong Tau Foo View restaurant

    115, Jalan Bestari 1/5, Taman Nusa Bestari 3, 81300, Johor Bharu, Johor
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    11:00AM—09:00PM
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