While urbanization may have buried some of the historical values in Klang Valley, perseverance by certain individuals helped to retain the pre-Malaysia sightings, and the Hainanese style Restaurant Yut Kee is one of the living example. Having established since 1928, the groundbreaker shop at Jalan Dang Wangi has relocated to the current shop at Jalan Kamunting, hearsay it was due to escalating rental cost.
An exodus of people can be seen flocking the area during the operational hour of Restaurant Yut Kee, and parking might be a challenge here. Despite the high volume of patrons, the owner has an efficient method of managing the queue's expectations. Head over to the counter once you reach there, give the person in charge your name and number of people, and your name will be called when table is available. Do expect a waiting time for about 30 minutes though.
While the alluring food would be their breakfast menu, many came here for their roasted pork, which we ordered separately at the table beside the counter. We witnessed the popularity of the roasted pork here, as it was sold out by 11:30am when we were there. Lucky for us we managed to grab some before for savouring while waiting for a table.
The gracious roasted pork was well worth the time and cramp in crowd waiting for the it. It possessed crisp skin, and crunching the skin released a mild cracking sound. While the meat is tender, a few pieces were coupled with the fat. Amazingly, the whitish sauce, which we assumed was garlic sauce well masked the deluging fatty feelings, letting us enjoyed the texture yet not feeling guilty, psychologically.
Many of the patrons here come for their meat chops and our friend recommended us their Chicken Chop (RM 10.50). The bean curd alike skin and the tender soft chicken meat were the points scoring attributes but the it would be better if the sauce was made much flavourful.
Flipping through the menu landed us for a plate of Lum Mee (RM 8.50). Although the soup has a decent shrimp taste but it could be better if the taste was stronger. Besides, the noodles were too thick for us, perhaps Hainanese style noodles really not our liking. Nevertheless, do add on the chili sauce to give it a hot burning sensation. A plate of Lum Mee was more than enough for an average guy's stomach.
The Roti Babi (RM 10.00) here is a hit, and it would out of stock if you come too late. Roti Babi literally means shredded pork, onions and some other materials stuffed between the soft bread. The restaurant owner recommended us to drip some HP soy sauce provided on the table to the Roti Babi, and it really boasted the taste well by introducing a stronger and pungent sour and salty taste.
The Steamed Bread (RM 3.00) here is one of the best we have tried. It still has the traditional homemade bread with kaya feeling, and the steamed bread is soft to the extent that almost no biting is required. The homemade kaya has a rich coconut and mild sweet taste, very appeasing to the taste buds.
While sitting and enjoying our breakfast, we overheard people keep ordering Kaya Roll (RM 1.10), thus we have a feeling that it must be real good. Contrary to our expectations, it was just mediocre.
The Hainanese coffee and tea (RM2.00) were average to us, however we have seen complimented it so well.
Yut Kee Restaurant
1, Jalan Kamunting, 50300, Kuala Lumpur
Operation hours: 7:30am - 16:30pm (closed on Sunday)
Location map refers here
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