smooth (tofu) operator

February 18, 2008 at 2:02 am 10 comments

公和荳品廠 | Kung Wo Tofu Factory

Ah, tofu. So versatile. Humble tofu, you take on the flavours of your neighbours with much gusto and much skill, making you the perfect ingredient for a damn good dish. You’re perfect stuffed with fish paste and fried, steamed with prawns and a smattering of fried garlic and spring onions, and miso soup would be lonely without your presence. Pockmarked Aunty Ma would have been a nobody without you. And yet you excel not only in your savoury incarnations, but in sweet delights.

公和荳品廠 | Kung Wo Tofu Factory

Behold: the Tofu Fa (豆腐花). Silken tofu in a clear sweet soup.

A bit of exploring around the streets of Sham Shui Po today led us to this famed little shop specialising in tofu. Kung Wo Soybean Factory is one of the oldest companies in Hong Kong, having been established over a 100 years ago – in 1893, on Canton Road in Mong Kok. They’ve gotta be doing something right. And I shall testify for that – the 豆腐花 I had was seriously the best I’ve ever had – impossibly silky, melt in your mouth goodness. Smooth and fresh, with no hint of the bitterness that some tofu desserts still retain despite the copious amounts of sugar some vendors add to the soup. The clear soup was not too sweet, but sweet enough so that I, a promising future diabetic, didn’t need to help myself to spoonfuls of the yellow sugar laid out on the table in tubs. Perfectly warmed, though a cold version would have been excellent on a hot summer’s day. And at only $6HKD a pop, who can complain? Such a small price to pay for such deliciousness. Are you getting the hint yet, London?

公和荳品廠 | Kung Wo Tofu Factory

Charming little place, but again – eat and go – grab a bag of the fried tofu ‘lumps’, or several blocks of fresh, silky tofu for dinner. The possibilities are endless. Apparently they do a mean soy bean milk as well, and their freshly pan-fried tofu with fish paste (diligently made to order) is to die for. There is a limit to how much tofu one can have in a day, though…

公和荳品廠 | Kung Wo Tofu Factory

公和荳品廠 | Kung Wo Soybean Factory
118 Pei Ho St, Sham Shui Po
Tel: 2386 6871
Open daily 7am-9pm
MTR station: Sham Shui Po (Pei Ho St exit)


Entry filed under: beancurd, dessert, hong kong, kowloon, sham shui po, tofu, tofu fa.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mags  |  February 18, 2008 at 7:18 am

    After reading your post, I’m craving for some Tofu Fa. I will put that on my list to visit next time I visit HK.
    We have in Toronto, a franchise of the HK store “Yan Wo”. I find their tofu fa really good there, I curious to see if Kung Wo makes silkier tofu fa.

    • 2. FD  |  March 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      Wheres is Yan Wo located in Toronto?

  • 3. Eric  |  February 19, 2008 at 1:07 am

    mmm… haven’t had 豆腐花 in a long while. All that Tofu goodness is making me drool… like ever other post you do. Darn you!

  • 4. Charmaine  |  February 19, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Mags – From what I can glean on, Yan Wo has its share of fans, though there are less reviews than for Kung Wo. That could mean nothing though. I’ll try and squeeze in a trip to Yan Wo and give a verdict :D

    Eric – Haha, thanks, hope your battered mac isn’t suffering from being hit with drool!

  • 5. Eric  |  February 20, 2008 at 11:51 am

    i prefer “distinguished mac” lol.

  • 6. kevlars  |  February 20, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the tipoff – Man I’m super hungry just looking at the pictures!

  • 7. angi  |  February 22, 2008 at 4:12 am

    my mom took me to that shop once and i thought i would never be able to find that place again. but thanks to you, now i have an exact address!! :) love your blog, btw. i visit hk about once a year and am always collecting places to eat at next time i go there…

  • 8. Hau  |  February 27, 2008 at 5:49 am

    that looks SO GOOD. I love everything and anything tofu! Must venture out and find something even remotely comparable here…

  • 9. Viagra  |  January 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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A freelance journalist and full-time gourmand, eating her way mostly through London and Hong Kong.

Current location: London


Charmaine currently digs: the smell of coffee; adding ponzu to everything; bill granger; still eating natto with every meal; caressing her Nikon FM2n.



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