Tow Kwa Pau-A meal made from leftovers
pictures from left: delicious tofu cakes filled with ggodies, the fantastic chilli sauce, some of the things which go inside the Tau Kwa Pau.
Many years ago, a hawker in Katong sold braised duck, belly pork, pig's tongue, fish balls, fried prawn fritters, duck eggs and tofu cakes. This was eaten with cucumbers, and a fantastic sauce made of chilli, vinegar,sliced green chilli, and the brown gravy left fom the braising. On some days he couldn't finish selling all his food. So he came up with the ingenious idea of chopping up all the leftovers including the cucumber, and putting them in a slit pocket of the tofu cakes. Thus was born the Tow Kwa Pau of Katong. There were only two such stalls. The original Tow Kwa Pau man who used to sell in Joo Chiat Place has retired, or is dead. The remaining one at the corner of Joo Chiat and East Coast Rd is thriving. Some enterprising man, tried to duplicate this food dish in food courts all over the island, but I find the franchised Tow Kwa Pau horrible in taste.
The price of one Tow Kua Pau is 90 cents, and four ought to fill up the stomach of any man with a healthy appetite. You can also order rice, and a side order of duck, pig's tongue, pig's ears, fish balls,egg,or fried prawn fritters . It must be eaten with liberal doses of the chilli sauce, for this is what makes it delicious. Once in a while, bite a piece of the cut green chilli, and you are in Heaven.
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