My girlfriend told me about this YTF store at North Bridge Road Market that tastes better than my favourite 高记 chain, so I got to check it out if its really true.
First thing first, the queue can be rather long and you had to wait a considerable amount of time for your YTF, as I was issued a number chip when submitting the order to the friendly owner. Fine with me, good food does take time!
YTF with Minced Pork Noodles (30-50cents per piece, minimum order of $2.00)
The first sign that excites me was that they used the same type of noodles as 高记, the thin mee pok look-alike that wasn't common among YTF stores. The springy and smooth texture was simply delightful. Though plain on its own, the delicious minced meat topping was salty on purpose to be mixed and eaten with the noodles. I could have been satisfied with just a large bowl of this and lots of minced meat!
Being hakka YTF, minced pork was used instead of fish paste, pan fried before being put onto the shelves. When serving, they were careful to seperate the fried items from the boiled ones. The items were generously stuffed and I particularly liked the brinjal which was a perfect match with the seasoned meat. If you want something really porky, the homemade meatball was fried to a golden brown and very yummy too.
The boiled stuffs like the kangkong and taupok came in the soup, which was rather tasty and rich in soy bean (making a guess here) flavour. Still left me a little thirsty afterwards, but seriously, I havn't found one that doesn't.
I forgot to take a photo of the homemade sweet sauce and chilli sauce, which was another reason why 老黄 was so popular. The sweet sauce was slightly watery and only sufficiently sweet to add flavour. Same goes for the chilli sauce that doesn't overwhelm you with spiceness but instead just adding touch to the already addictive noodles and items.
So yes, I had finally found a YTF store that toppled my previous favourite one (sounds evil)! The perfect combination of noodles, minced pork stuffing and homemade sauces hitted the right spot for me and made it my current number 1 recommendation for YTF!