We’ve been to Kuala Lumpur twice in the last five years and during those two occasions, we never failed to eat at Yut Kee. It came up when I was planning our itinerary on our first KL trip. We loved it so much that we ate there three times in less than 2 days. We almost missed our ride to the airport on our last visit. Fortunately for us, we got to the airport just in time as I opted to have our orders to go. We devoured everything at the airport. I guess, for good food, it’s quite alright to miss a flight. =)
So imagine my disappointment when we went there last year only to find out that the place was already closed. I was really so sad. We were so hungry but can’t bring myself to eat at another restaurant in the area. As we were walking back to the MRT station (Dang Wai), I saw a sign that pointed to Yut Kee’s new location. They just transferred to a building along Jalan Kamunting!!! My sullen mood changed instantly to that of an excited chimp. I felt like a kid again only I was more excited about the porkchop and roti babi than candy.
It’s bigger but it still maintained its old charm. Same staff, same delicious food. Life is good. Some good things really do last. To 50 more years of yummy food from Yut Kee!
Here are my top 5 favorite dishes:
1. Hainanese Pork Chop.
What makes this unique is the brown sauce. I haven’t tasted anything like it. The tender meat is just a bonus. Rice is not included in the meal so we always make a separate order of rice whenever we eat here. Next time we’ll order the Chicken Chop. It’s really their bestseller but I like pork chop better than chicken but we’ll give it a try.
2. Roti Babi.
It’s a cross between an oily empanada and pork bun. The bun is actually oily and heavy. Some prefer it light and flaky but I like it. The filling tastes almost like the filling of Tim Ho Wan’s award-winning Pork Buns. If you’re gonna eat bad, do it well, right?! Because this is sinfully good!!! I can actually finish the whole thing in one seating but I always feel guilty so I leave some for later which I always regret as it’s is not the same. It’s so much better when you eat it as soon as it’s served. It gets soggy after awhile no matter how long you reheat it. So one tip, eat it there. Don’t doggy bag it.
Kuala Lumpur, or the whole of Malaysia, has the best-tasting coffee and Yut Kee serves one of the best. It’s sweet, creamy and somewhat thick. This is best with or after a meal.
4. Fried Hokkien Mee.
I’m not really into thick noodles but this Fried Hokkien Mee changed my mind. It’s stir fried noodles tossed in brown sauce with generous serving of pork and shrimp. The vegetable somehow enhances the flavor of the whole dish.
5. Marble Butter Cake.
Oh, I love this. Don’t expect anything extravagant or a sophisticated tasting cake. Go somewhere else if you’re looking for something other than simple, delicious, moist and straightforward cake like the ones our grandmothers used to make. Believe me, it’s the best kind and you can have it here at Yut Kee. Makes for the best pasalubong as well!
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