Good fishballs/fish paste takes skills, patience and of course a great recipe.
I’m not particularly excited about yong tau foo but I do go a bit crazy over fishballs. I love them springy with genuine fish flavour (oh duhh) and bursting with the natural sweetness of the sea.
A high order I know, with the perfectly spherical machine-formed, MSG-fied and flour laden ones that all of us are subjected to these days that it’s possible to even forget what a really good fishball is supposed to taste like.
If your memory needs jolt, a trip to Melaka Bee Bee Hiong might help. It is one of the best homemade fishball that I have sampled; made of fish paste of wolf herring (also called ikan parang, or sai toh fish 西刀鱼) and no preservatives are used.
I was told everything is made fresh daily (exactly how it should be) and the superb, clear consommé are boiled with fish bones and soybeans.
There are 2 types of fishballs here; steamed or fried and the rest are yong tau foo selections such as fishpaste stuffed eggplants, okra, tofu and chillies.
Their “signature” item here is the Tau hoo kee (fu zok); crispy square bean curd skin encasing fish paste.
*The fresh version.
I could live on the fishballs alone, but I’ll suggest to add an order of the kuey teow as well. Somehow the Malaccan kuey teow seems different. These were thicker, chewier & slippery. It has a really nice bite to it!
MENU & PRICE:
With almost 40 years of strong presence in Melaka, Bee Bee Hiong is now operating at the 2nd generation. There are 2 outlets in Melaka to satisfy your yong tau foo cravings (please stop with the ridiculous satay celup obsession ok?) and the address are at the end of this post.
The outlet I visited was the Bukit Piatu outlet and it is air conditioned, hygienic (I snooped all the way to the back where the kitchen is – with permission of course) and service is efficient.
Our meal as you seen above was only RM20.70 and absolutely satisfying!
Now how do I cart a hundred fishballs back home today when I leave Melaka?? 😛
Bee Bee Hiong Restaurant
Jalan BPM 14,
Taman Bukit Piatu Mutiara
06 – 284 3139
017 – 672 6716