Wah Kiow is located on one of the side streets off Jalan Peel. What struck me was that there are still a few roads in Cheras that are still named after colonial luminaries: Jalan Peel, Jalan Shelley and Jalan Cochrane. There may be a few others, but these are the three names that I came across on the way to Wah Kiow. It seems unusual that the authorities have not attempted to remove the vestiges of colonization as they were wont to do in the past.
Wah Kiow operates its business in a dilapidated building with rusted zinc roof. Adjoining the shop is a small grocery shop that has benefited from the spill-over of customers that throng Wah Kiow.
Besides yong tau fu, it offers other dishes like pork leg, Hakka fried pork, curry chicken and assam fish.
Interior of the shop
A customer writing down his selection of food
We ordered a selection of yong tau fu, meat balls, and dumplings. The food was good but it wasn’t exceptional. My daughters raved about it, but as I have suspected all along, my taste buds are so poorly developed that I couldn’t distinguish the subtle differences in food. According to them, what separates Hakka yong tau fu from others is the addition of salted fish in the fish paste. What kind of salted fish is a trade secret. Unlike other yong tau fu stalls that proliferate in KL and PJ, the yong tau fu here is freshly prepared and fried. The owner employs a number of Indonesian women who prepare the yong tau fu for deep-frying or steaming.
Apart from yong tau fu, there are also other dishes
Business is fast and furious
Fishballs, chilli, lady’s fingers and brinjal. Note the near empty tray of brinjal
Sliced brinjal to be filled with fish paste
Tau fu stuffed with fish paste
Making fu chok with fish paste. Some red chilli to be filled with fish paste
Close-up shot of fu chok spread with fish paste
Dried black mushrooms. They are first soaked and their stems removed before being topped with generous amount of fish paste
Tau fu pok with fish paste
Filling made from sliced black mushrooms, pork, shrimps,carrot and finely chopped water chestnuts for dumplings
Frying bitter gourd