This place is called Yut Kee and incidentally it's one of the last surviving old style kopitiams in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The place certainly looks the part. While far from being dilapidated almost (this is an important point) everything in the place looks really old. Not that I'm complaining though because that's a definite positive! Places like these bring back memories of childhoods spent with the grandparents at a dingy kopitiam sipping some house brewed coffee (first from the cup then from the saucer) and (usually for me anyway) having some curry laksa.
ST posing with some memorabilia from times gone by. They placed it there merely for aesthetics purposes.
But you can't expect everything to be run the old way forever. This place is obviously run by some very smart and enterprising people. It puts up a facade of old school kopitiam but immediately there are two glaring signs that things have moved on with the times (or more likely it's a sign of commercialism). First the waiters are all foreign workers and they all wear some nice green uniforms. Secondly the prices are anything but old school.
Old school facade.
But then again who really cares? Doses of nostalgia are always good but when it all comes down to it it's the food that matters the most. How then does the food fare? In short it was very satisfying.
Hainan Pork Chop (RM8.00).
Like I said earlier I was going bonkers for some Hainan Pork Chop and the one I ate at Yut Kee really hit the spot. I've been wanting to have some Hainan Pork Chop for probably over 10 years on and off now. As far as I can remember the last time I had any such thing was when I was a very small kid in a place in Brickfields. I liked it and I've always wanted more but my dad never took me there again and I've no idea where it is. I could be wrong about the Brickfields part though but i digress.
Yut Kee's Hainan Pork Chop is a generous serving of fried pork chops served with a healthy serving of brown sauce. I really really loved the sauce. It had a very sweet taste of onions. The combination of tomatoes, onion slices, mixed vegetables and potatoes with the sauce is brilliant. If there's one complaint is that I wished the sauce could be a lot thicker because it's quite watery. Well watery but tasty. In fact I sipped some of the sauce using my straw after I was done with the pork chop (because they didnt' give me any spoons).
Let me just sidestep from the subject awhile to throw a few questions to you guys. Does anyone know where the Hainan Pork Chop originated from? Hainan in China? What was such a Western dish doing there?
Roti Babi (RM7.00).
The Roti Babi was something we spotted on the menu and just had to try. It's simply one of the funniest sounding things we have seen in recent times. The name is entirely politically incorrect and enticing at the same time. So what is Roti Babi? Basically it's french toast with shredded pork, onions and waxed Chinese sausages inside. The bread was surprisingly soft and fluffy and it was a perfect match with its fillings. I learnt later reading from other blogs that this dish goes very well with Worchestershire sauce. However it costs RM7.00 and I think it's ridiculously expensive.
French Toast with Kaya (RM2.50).
Because I wasn't full enough after eating the Hainan Pork Chop I ordered another small dish to line the tummy. It was a simple French Toast. I didn't know it would come with any Kaya but I'm sure glad that it did because their kaya is very decent. The French Toast like the Roti Babi before this is soft and fluffy. Very nice.
Do give this place a try. The other recommendations I've read about is the Belacan Fried Rice and the Hainan Noodles.
Also check out:
- Makan Kings: Roti Babi @ Yut Kee
- Food Post - Yut Kee - Against The Grain
- Chik Chak >> Cari Makan Part 7 : Kopitiam Breakfast
- EatingAsia: Serving Up Nostalgia