Monday, September 25, 2006

Old Style Kopitiam Yut Kee

One day I was craving for Hainan Pork Chops. Craving like a lunatic I tell you. Maybe a much more accurate word is lust. Yes, I was lusting for some really great Hainan Pork Chops and only something fantastic would douse the flames of my lust. Thankfully ST my most dependable dearest darling knew just where to get some great Hainan Pork Chops.

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.

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posted by wyejon at Monday, September 25, 2006 (permalink) |

19 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Anonymous Hainan Ren

In the old days, Most of the Hainanese are most work with foreigners as cook or maid. I heard my mun told me that she learn to cook pork chop from a old uncle who used to work with sailor. I think Hainan Pork Chop is a Western plus Chinese type of dishes. It best to eat with baked bean too... =P

12:49 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger toniXe

Hainan chops originated from the Ipoh Hainanese guys who wanted to make their British Masters (Ipoh tin miners story,Colonial days lah ) a dish closer to home ( dunno true or not ).

Agree with you, roti babi overpriced. Actually too bland for my liking. But with a name like that sure can sell lah !

2:06 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger babe_kl

try the CKT and penang prawn mee at the back lane. do not add eggs to the ckt, really kick ass one.

12:22 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger She's Jess

Awesome food, no doubt but then, their drinks suck though... to my taste la...

1:43 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Tummythoz

Shd try their fresh baked swiss rolls that seems to 'fly off' the display glass shelves. Real fragrant & soft.

10:29 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

hainan ren & toxite: thanks for the explanation.

babe_kl: ermm... what's CKT? Chick Kut Teh? The back lane you mean is right behind Yut Kee issit?

she's jess: i wouldn't know... as i only had some milo ais that day :)

tummythoz: didn't try the rolls but i did try their marble cake which was excellent!

7:16 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Meiyen

hmmm....interesting post! i didn't even know that there's this famous hainan chops eventhough i am 1/2 a hainanese origin :p oh by da way, i've tagged u... :p

10:43 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

meiyen: hahha... i'm half Hakka and I don't know a thing about Hakka food... don't worry about it :P

I don't think I can work out the 7 songs meme... sorry... I tried but I just can't complete the list.

11:57 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Meiyen

wyejon, it's ok... noooooo problem! ;) oh by da way, i am 1/2 a hakka too... ekekekeke..

8:46 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Honey Star

Oh i miss those pork chops and diping my toast in the sauce. Oh la la.....

Agree with tummythoz, those rolls are pretty good!

5:22 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

honey star: omg... dipping toast in the sauce! why didn't i think of that?!

8:21 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Ben

Mate, on the occassion that you do pass by Kuantan, do not; lemme emphasize- do not miss the opportunity to stop by Kemaman Kopitiam. Their hainanese toast bun with kaya and butter, nasi dagang and nasi lemak rebus excite even the most apathetic palate

3:02 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

ben: alrite mate!

1:31 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger J

I looooooove those Hainanese Pork Chops...

You've just reminded me how long it's been since I had some.
(Must go soon! *droooool*)


10:38 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Wai Yen

Hi, the Brickfields pork chop place that you may be referring to is opposite the Pos Laju Office, I think the shop's name is Sin Kee (or something to that effect). Its along the main road, and they serve pretty good pork chops as well. I get my pork chop fix there when I'm too lazy to take a drive down to Yut Kee. Sin Kee serves a mean "mun farn" (steam rice) with loads of lap cheong! YUM!

11:54 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

wai yen: wow... thanks for the tip!! I must try the place out one of these days.

1:22 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

where is Yut Kee? to be exact


1:17 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

anonymous: I'm not trying to be an ass here but i can't describe the place any better than the map does. Basically it's in KL town area nearby where Sogo is.

6:55 PM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous chu chai bao

so so only....not worth RM7.50
Most probably worth RM5.00...

1:17 PM  

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