Yut Kee, KL

I have heard so much about this place that I did think of going to look for it and see what the fuss is all about. But before I could do that, I stumbled upon it. On a glorious Sunday morning when the entire street was empty yet all the cars and people streamed towards this one corner coffeeshop with a faded signboard. Did a double take and lo and behold, it was Yut Kee!

As it was a Sunday morning, the place was filled with families, fresh out of church, I reckon. The thing to do is to walk up to the guy behind the cashier (proprietor’s son, I believe) and tell him how many people and he will assign you a table as soon as seats are available. Table sharing is the norm if you are a small group so we found ourselves seated with two young men who had quite the appetites, judging from the dishes already placed on the table.

After ordering, had a good look around the place. Really a nolstagic, walk-down-memory-lane spot as framed newspaper write ups adorn the wall, alongside greased up switches and knobs. Even the mosaic flooring and whirring fans have seen its fair share of greased up days. 😛 An antique fan here, an old radio there. Throw in a chunky metal safe too and you get an authentic old school coffeeshop. And I do believe that is one of its strongest points coz I revelled being there, soaking in the atmosphere.

The one thing I was dying to try here is the Roti Babi, which means Pork Bread. The filling of shredded pork, chinese sausages, sliced onions, with crab meat is cooked to tender, juicy perfection before being stuffed in this white fluffy loaf, coated with egg and deep fried. Think of it as a stuffed french toast. One bite and I was transported to porky heaven. Lol. It was without doubt my favourite item at Yut Kee.

The Hainanese Pork Chops was of course another acclaimed dish. But I’m either very unfamiliar with Hainanese style of cooking or it doesn’t suit my tastebuds. I must admit I thought this dish was overrated. The chops itself were juicy alright, but tasted bit coarse and bland. The brown sauce was watery, with lots of onions, mixed vegetables and a side portion of fried potatoes but tasted flat and thin to me. I couldn’t taste the sweetness of the onions, nor the signature taste of the Worcestershire sauce. Was disappointed, to be honest.

We both had the coffee, a fragrant and strong blend of local and Javanese beans and what’s local coffee without Roti Kahwin? I quite like the kaya which is made in-house. Tubs of it can be bought from the counter and is sufficiently rich and eggy.

The beef noodles are available dry or in soup. We spotted someone having the dry version, which reminded me of Uncle Cheng’s and had to order it. Lai fun was topped with various cuts of beef, tripe, radish, preserved vegetables and drowned with a dark, beefy sauce. Peanuts were added generously.

Another dish we managed to try Fried Mee Sua. The dish sees one of my favourites, rice vermicelli stir fried with leafy vegetable, fish cakes, chunks of squid and chicken gizzards. Looks like something my grandmother will whip up in her kitchen. I was expecting something a bit more on the dry side. But this tasted ok lah.

In short, not everything in Yut Kee appeals to me, but I’ll definitely return for the ambience and yes, the Pork Bread. Their Belacan Fried Rice also comes highly recommended so maybe I’ll try the next time. Also noticed that the marble butter cake and kaya swiss roll are very popular so that’s another thing to look out for. The display case for the cakes near the counter looks very much the antique like almost everything else in this coffeeshop. Heh.

Yut Kee
35, Jln Dang Wangi
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2298 8108
Closed on Mondays.

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13 Comments »

  1. Hmm, it’s been a long time since I ate at Yut Kee… u brought back the memories…

    epicuriousgirl says: time to make a revisit!

  2. wmw said

    It’s always a nostalgic trip for me each time I come here to eat. My dad and I use to eat hear often.

    epicuriousgirl says: i brought my dad here too! looks like both our dads enjoy nolstagic coffeeshops

  3. cumi&ciki said

    yut kee.. always a fav:D we luv this plc aftr church on sunday .. *grin*

    epicuriousgirl says: can see it’s quite a fav with a few floggers..so maybe we were having a flogger meet without knowing who’s who 😛

  4. gina said

    Datin and I used to go there every two weekends in the mornings for breakfast. 😀

    Yeah.. I like the roti babi too! And will definitely order the roti kahwin and two half boiled eggs. 😀 They are really fresh.

    For Hainanese chicken chop, I don’t know if you had tried the one at Brickfield’s Hainanese shop. Ah.. the name slipped my mind for the time being.

    epicuriousgirl says: yup, friend did have the eggs too but forgot to snap a photo. ah, haven’t had the luck of trying good hainanese chops yet.

  5. mimi said

    Watch b4 on TV but never try yet~~ *always wake up late on weekend :P*

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, but i think they open till evening. so not necessarily for breakfast 🙂

  6. wanshin said

    i’ve tried their hainanese chicken chop a couple of times and noticed that the portion has been reduced and sauce is more watery than it used to be. jatuh standard…

    epicuriousgirl says: oh hi! surprised to see you here. 🙂 how have you been? i didn’t like the hainanese chops.

  7. waisikmiao said

    hmmm… the fried rice was not bad… but hey, now only i noticed i have been there for quite a few times but i never try their roti babi b4…
    Since such a good comment, i m gonna try it on my next visit~

    epicuriousgirl says: i think if u like french toast, then you will def. like this… 🙂

  8. everytime I pass by Yut Kee, it is packed to the brim. Wonder if we saw you there last Sunday waiting for a table, when we drove past to dine at Yellow Cab Pizza.

    epicuriousgirl says: maybe? 😛

  9. J2Kfm said

    Yut Kee, the shop with the hypes, raves and rants. but also some laments here and there. The roti babi does seem appealing, something that’s already pupus elsewhere (Except Penang, where you can get it at several outlets).

    epicuriousgirl says: Yeah, I remembered the roti Babi from Penang and was so excited to find a place in KL serving it. 🙂

  10. Tummythoz said

    Do the swiss roll. It’s fragrant & pillow soft.

    epicuriousgirl says: I should. Have managed to tried the buttery marble cake only so far.

  11. yeah that saturday n sunday when we drove past, it was full to the brim..dun think i can wait esp if its breakfast!

    epicuriousgirl says: but the wait is quite short for smaller groups, i.e 2-4. 🙂

  12. blue collar at dang wangi said

    just went there today…been there a couple of times…actually find their food the worst compared to to neighbouring kopitiam…had no idea wat so special…tried their belacan fried rice…only hot n spicy…tried their fried glass noodle…no taste…ordered their ice coffee once…taste bitter….i guess their kitchen helper are pathetic…especially during office lunch hour…cant keep up with orders…but havent tried their roti babi/pork chop…seems the only edible thing there…notice alot of patron who ordered fried thingy never bother to finish their food…friday will be long queue…not sure wat u call it but its serving roasted meat (they rolled it and roast it i guess)

    epicuriousgirl says: well, regardless of some of the misses in the menu, i do think that the dining experience here is to be savoured, a walk down memory lane for many. And sometimes, the experience and nolstagia means more than the quality of food. think coliseum cafe.

  13. […] down. while waiting for the food, kept myself busy looking at all the decorations. reminds me of yut kee, with all the yesteryears’ […]

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