Saturday, December 17, 2005

Why Yen Ta Fo?

First of all, yen ta fo is my favorite dish. It has its roots among the Chinese immigrants of Southeast Asia. At its simplest yen ta fo consists of fresh rice noodle, pak boong (water morning glory)and fish balls in a red-colored broth with fried garlic oil, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and red chili sauce. At its most complex you can have fried tofu, calamari, shrimp, white fungus, duck's blood, fried wonton and fish cake. This dish sums me up pretty much - simple and complex, all rolled up in one package.