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Yut Kee, Dang Wangi

Hainanese chicken chop

Growing up, my dad used to take me to the mee rebus stall at the alley behind Yut Kee and I would watch in envy as Yut Kee staff churn out plates after plates of Hainanese chicken chop and roti babi to hungry diners. I only got to eat at Yut Kee when rif was old enough to drive us there almost 10 years ago.

Roti babi

I still remember my first taste of the Hainanese chicken chop – deep-fried deboned chicken leg with mixed vegetables on a pool of brown, onion gravy. That was the start of my regular visits to Yut Kee (and one of the reasons why I wanted Yut Kee as the background of my blog header). I didn’t care if I had to bump elbows with strangers on the same table or if I had to wait for a table. I wanted my chicken chop fix.

Still decent

I soon discovered the belacan fried rice, Aunt Margaret’s roast pork roll, French toast, Hailam mee and fried tung fun, on top of a few other old favourites – pork chop and roti babi. Over the years, the standard has (sadly) dropped due to large crowds and high demand. I still go back for my occasional chicken chop fix, because it is still one of the decent ones around.

French toast

The chicken chop (RM8.50) was smaller than I remember it to be, or maybe it’s because I’ve grown bigger and greedier. I also thought the skin of the chicken wasn’t as crisp, but that’s a small matter as it was meant to be eaten with onion sauce anyway. A plate isn’t enough to satiate my growling stomach, so I ordered a French toast (RM3.50) too. The latter was slightly greasy but I got used to it and didn’t mind it with generous lashings of fresh kaya (coconut jam) on top.

Deep fried and served with fresh kaya

Roti babi is no longer as good :(

What I thought had dropped tremendously in standard was the Roti Babi (RM8). Portion was scant and the shredded pork filling was no longer as tasty. A pale version of what it was 10 years ago.

Redeeming grace: Fried tung fun

The fried tung fun (RM6.50) however, was still good. Redolent of wok fire with a glossy sheen from the used of pork lard, the glass noodles had a toothsome texture and was evenly seasoned. Lip-smacking, with the side of sambal belacan! But butter tongues beware; a bit of this sambal can be hellish for the tongue, tummy and bowel.

Humble appearance, but packs a punch!

We shared a small table with three girls – two ordered just one plate of roast pork (2 thin slices) to share while the other had a noodle dish. The two girls mentioned to their friend that they were watching their calories and fat intake, and nibbled sparingly at their roast pork crackling. Any thinner those two beanpoles get, they could play, “Gone With The Wind Part 2”. Why on earth would anyone on diet go to Yut Kee?? Have a celery stick or something lah.

By the way, the Swiss Roll (RM9 per box) was disappointingly dry. Read about my current favourite place for Swiss Roll here.

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 5.5/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Standard has dropped, but the food is still decent. Try the fried tung fun and belecan fried rice.

Yut Kee
35 Jalan Dang Wangi
50100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2698 8108

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18 Responses

  1. So sad to hear that the standard has dropped. May be they couldn’t cope with the crowd. Bcos more and more bloggers write about this place ^_^
    Sambal belacan goes well with many types of fried noodles hor….
    That’s why my mom always spare a bottle of her homemade sambal belacan in fridge =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, it’s a shame standard has dropped. I think maybe if you go at non-peak hours, the food might be better.

      Lol…sambal belacan rocks! :D

  2. I tried once and i feel that it is turning to be a tourist makan place…
    I have not tried their swiss roll before..

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Swiss roll not good. Ya, very touristy already. :(

  3. ulric

    Eh…the fried tung fun looks a bit wet lar…I like mine dry with lots of ‘har mai’…like at my fav tung fun coffeeshop in Taman Salak South…hehe =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Tung Fun is ok la…I like it. :P

  4. ooh, even if the chicken chop is becoming smaller, the crowds aren’t! i drove past yut kee at 12:30 just now on my way to the office, and no surprise, there were at least a dozen people standing outside waiting for tables to clear up. we should open another shop on this row that sells similar food to yut kee lah. we could handle the spillover crowd and make a financial killing! :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahahaha!! True also… :P

  5. i agree that the standards have drop. i’ve tried it twice. when i was 10 and when i was 18. :( very different.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Sigh :(

  6. I read about this place somewhere and I bugged my bf to find out where this place is, to buy, freeze and fly in the roast pork and roti babi for me to Kuching. now i rest my case. :P

    1. Bangsar Babe

      The roast pork is quite nice. Come la…we go! :)

  7. Will they be moving ar? I haven’t been back there in years due to the crowds.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Looks like they will be staying put for a while. :)

  8. agree with you. their standards have dropped. i thought it was just me who thinks that the food portion has gone smaller. i wonder if the cooks are still local or have been taken over by foreign helpers.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I still see local cooks behind. Jack Lee is still overseeing the cooking process in the kitchen. ;)

  9. PS

    This time i really gotta comment.
    Went there 3 times during lunch.
    Chicken chop came room temp! Sauce room temp! Small, for the price/wait i can get the same in many places.
    Pork chop, even smaller piece, dry….nothing special.
    Hokkien mee, mass prep’d. Small portion. Normal.

    The cakes are good though.

    Seriously i cant understand these “Hainan” places. Its like ppl kena voodoo and keep going back yet the quality of food is nothing special and price is high.

  10. piyu1154

    Yut Kee always gets nominated for best restaurant in Time Out Awards – the judges or the public are skewed. The food at Yut Kee has dropped standard so much that it is mediocre to below average. Cannot trust these awards at all

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