Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo: Affordable YTF at $0.50 a piece, open for only 4.5 hours a day

0I anxiously made my way to Berseh Food Centre and prayed to the heavens that Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo would bless me with a short queue that morning— this hawker stall sells yong tau foo at only S$0.50 a piece, and there’s no minimum amount you’re required to order! Say what?

special chilli YTF - berseh food centre

I explored the hawker centre and finally caught sight of the stall. To my surprise, there wasn’t a queue at all (hoorah!), except for a lady in front of me (or so I thought).

special chilli YTF - stall front

I proceeded to take my pick from the myriad of ingredients which were displayed on the shelves. After I was done, the aunty just asked me what noodles I wanted before prompting me to take a seat.

special chilli YTF - ingredient choices

That’s when I noticed a long line of orders before me, judging from the number of bowls that were in the kitchen (I assumed too soon).

After 15 minutes, I headed over to try my luck and my timing was perfect; the food was ready.

What I tried at Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo

special chilli YTF - hakka mee set

My first bowl consisted of steamed tau kwa, mushroom with meat, green chilli, seaweed, bean curd roll, bitter gourd and pig skin served with a clear broth for only S$3.50. I also chose Hakka Mee (+S$1.50) for this.

special chilli YTF - hakka mee closeup

I tossed the Hakka Mee which consisted of 3 simple ingredients: noodles, minced pork and spring onions. The noodles resembled mee pok but were much finer. They were glimmering with shine after the oil had coated a thin layer of itself onto the slim yellowish strands of dough.

special chilli YTF - hakka mee mixing

The minced pork added delightful textural bites, while whatever magical seasoning that was laying dormant underneath suddenly gave it loads of flavour.

I decided to savour the noodles with the homemade chilli by mixing both together. Unlike other yong tau foo stalls that offer both the sweet sauce and chilli sauce separately, this stall mixed both together.

Good stuff!: Homemade yong tau foo with collagen-rich fish broth & curry chee cheong fun

What you get is a subtly sweet concoction with a slow-creeping spice at the end. I also picked up notes of taucheo (salted fermented soy beans).

special chilli YTF - hakka mee mixing

The soup was clean-tasting and extremely well-balanced with delicate flavours of soya bean. Due to the addition of bitter gourd in it, the broth had absorbed some of its acerbic taste— it’s the sort of soup that will warm you up on a cold, rainy day.

special chilli YTF - soup

The pig’s skin was aromatic and had a great chewy mouthfeel to it. The bitter gourd was a thick chunk of satisfying bitterness with a silky fish paste centre.

special chilli YTF - ingredients closeup

When you think about the ingredients being S$0.50 a piece, you’d think that they would skimp on portioning, am I right? Well, not at Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo. The meat filling on top of the mushroom was huge… just look at the picture!

special chilli YTF - mushroom

I then moved on to my second dish, a bowl of bee hoon soup with fried wanton, tau kwa, eggplant, ngoh hiang and enoki mushroom for only S$3.50.

special chilli YTF - bee hoon soup

The enoki mushrooms provided shiok crunchy bites to the paper-thin strings of bee hoon, which managed to absorb some of the savoury soup together with it.

special chilli YTF - bee hoon closeup

The piece of ngoh hiang was perhaps the meatiest piece that I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve had many renditions of it which had more flour than meat but this was on an entirely new level.

special chilli YTF - ngoh hiang closeup

special chilli YTF - chilli dunk

Dunking each individual element into the chilli made it more appealing and exciting. If you’ve got a tolerance for spice, rest assured that this chilli is a walk in the park.

Final thoughts

special chilli YTF - overview

I still can’t believe that my total expenditure for this meal was just S$8.50. Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo still keeps its prices reasonable for the high volume of older folks who are residing nearby.

If you’re thinking of paying them a visit, do reach there early before all the good stuff runs out.

Expected damage: S$2 – S$4 per pax

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Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo

166 Jalan Besar, Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877

Our Rating 4.5/5

Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo

166 Jalan Besar, Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877

Operating Hours: 7.30am - 12pm (Sat - Thu), Closed on Fri

Operating Hours: 7.30am - 12pm (Sat - Thu), Closed on Fri