Singaporeans are very familiar with Thailand, especially its food. Take for example the popular Sabx2 wanton mee in Pratunam, they dedicate posters and banners at their stall to tell Singaporean patrons specifying that they are eating at the original stall. The popularity of Thai dishes with Singaporeans has prompted many brands to set up outlets in the populated island city.
What is Yentafo?
The latest to join the lot of Thai food options out there is Yentafo Kruengsonge, a noodle food chain that has 28 outlets in Bangkok and 2 stores in Laos. Setting up its first Singapore outpost at Cineleisure Orchard, Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore serves Thailand’s street noodle dish of yentafo that is not as well known as popular dishes like Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai. The Yentafo dish is basically the Thai version of the Chinese Yong Tau Foo dish. Typically served with a medley of ingredients such as fish balls, tofu and mushrooms, the Thai version is served with flat rice noodles in a clear savoury broth, with a sweet and spicy pink yentafo sauce made with fermented red tofu and cooked Thai red rice. The pinkish colour of Yentafo is why this dish is often referred to as the “pink noodle dish”.
What are the choices?
In Singapore, four choices of Yentafo are available. They are prepared with flat wide rice noodles and pink sauce that are shipped in regularly from Bangkok.
Yentafo Kruengsonge Soup ($8.50) with flat noodles and pink sauce is topped with more than eight items such as fish ball, squid ball, fish ball with tofu, fried tofu, fried seasoned taro and black fungus mushroom. A dry version ($8.50) is also available. Diners can choose between three levels of spiciness for their choice of Yentafo; ‘Dek-Dek’ (not spicy), ‘Jai-Soh’ (spicy) and ‘Rod-Jeb’ (screaming spicy).
The stall also offers tom yum noodles ($9) and Thai-style clear soup noodle called Kway Teow Kruengsonge ($8.50).
Any other dishes at Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore?
Although its speciality is noodles, Yentafo Kruengsonge also offers diners appetisers like Kratong Tong ($5 for 6 pieces), deep-fried pastry shells filled with stir-fried minced chicken, carrots, peas and corn as well as one of our favourite Thai appetisers, the Kao Tung Rice Crisps ($6 for 4 pieces) that comes with a rich and creamy minced chicken and red curry paste dip.
Not into noodles? Try the Nam Prik Khai Poo ($9), a rice dish that features a spicy, sweet and sour crab dip made with fresh crab meat, cooked egg yolk, curry paste and herbs. The dip is served with fresh and cooked vegetables and a delicious fluffy fish sauce omelette. Other rice dishes like Chicken Panang Curry with Rice ($8.50) and Gai Pad Krapow ($8.50) are also available.
What’s for dessert?
Yentafo Kruengsonge’s menu also has some interesting and unique desserts. The sweet and sour Santol Sweety Delight ($5) for example, takes the flesh of tropical cottonfruit and simmer it in sugar until it is soft before serving with ice. To be frank, we have only eaten this dessert once in a very traditional Thai restaurant in Bangkok and has not eaten it in restaurants here. Palmyra Fruit Delight ($5) is another unusual iced treat made from the jelly-like seed of the Palmyra tree. Warm desserts include the Nam-Wa banana in coconut milk with sesame seeds ($5) and the black beans in coconut milk with sweet sticky rice ($5).
The Yentafo Kruengsonge brand, founded in 1999 by Madam A.Mallika will be opening two more outlets this year at the National University Hospital and Kallang Wave mall.
Address: 8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Phone: +65 6736 0971
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10.00am – 10:00pm