"Famous Tau Kwa Pau" - this tagline had always attracted my attention whenever i passed by the corner coffee shop located opposite the old Katong Mall.
However, i never did have the chance to try this unique fare despite knowing its existence for more than six years! For one, tau kwa (dry bean curd) has never been one of the things i enjoyed eating before i turned 30!
There was a change in the name of the coffee shop after a recent renovation and it is now known strangely as Ali Baba Coffee Shop; none of the stalls offers any Middle Eastern or Arabian cuisine!
Not that it mattered since our main purpose was to review the only dish sold at Mary's Corner. Yes, you read it right; Mary's Corner sells only Tau Kwa Pau and nothing else.
Put it this way; i was anticipating something.... more glamourous with a bit more vibrancy and come in a bun (pau means bun in Mandarin). But tradition remains.
What makes this dish visually different from a normal deep fried tau kwa are the toppings like diced cucumbers, bits of fish fillets, pieces of hard boiled eggs etc and a lightly flavoured braised sauce.
Taste wise, it could hardly make a good impression.
125 East Coast Road
S$5 a plate [with two tau kwas]