The new Yut Kee isn’t located too far away from where it used to be; a short walking distance at the back of the old spot and one that’s bigger and brighter, with bits of old school nostalgia here and there. Yut Kee is new, but the interior is fashioned to reflect how it was before, so you’re not robbed of that old kopitiam feel.
Like how it was before, expect a queue to get a table when you go there during peak hours but this time around, they have a nice compound for you to sit and wait until Aunty Margaret hollers your name. Come before 9am and you probably won’t have to queue. Table sharing is still a common practice here and one that adds to the old school charm.
The Hainanese pork chop is a popular order here but I personally prefer the chicken chop because it’s juicier and tastier with the brown sauce. When it comes to a pork dish, Aunty Margaret’s roast pork roll is worth the wait (only available after 11am). The skin is beautifully crisp and meat, amazingly tender with nutty accents from the pistachio stuffing. This come with apple sauce on the side to liven up the flavours and offset the richness of the meat.
Yut Kee’s roti babi is still a popular order where the bread is stuffed with pork and onion filling, then deep fried till the exterior is golden brown. This can be quite rich for some, so I suggest you eat it with some Worcestershire sauce for a bit of sharp note. Many have commented that the roti babi has lost its appeal because there’s less filling, but I still find it (the ratio) quite decent.
The belacan fried rice is a personaly favourite of both rif and I, but the folks at Yut Kee has significantly toned down on the chilli so it’s no longer a tongue-tingling experience. This is still good with wok hei presence, but the fiery element is someone muted. Do ask them to “tambah pedas” if you want to taste how the fried rice used to be back then.
I’m not really a fan of the beef noodles at Yut Kee though it comes with a good amount of tripe, tendon and beef slices. The soup is lighter in colour and flavour, and isn’t quite peppery. There is some amount of umami in the broth but I like my beef noodles rich and beefy with a good aroma from the spices.
All the above came up to about RM67 inclusive of drinks for three pax. Not exactly cheap but the portions are still fairly substantial. Do try the Yut Kee out (if you haven’t already) and let me know what you think. :)
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Same old kopitiam nostalgia but new setting.
1, Jalan Kamunting,
Chow Kit, 50300,
Tel: 03-2698 8108
Business hours: 8m to 5pm