It took me two visits and one takeaway meal from Yi Feng Restaurant in OUG before I can write what I opine about this establishment. A Chinese version (read: non-halal) of a Malaysian kopitiam so expect hawker favourites like wantan noodle with char siew and siew yuk, and pastries with pork lard.
We visited Yi Feng with our friend who mentioned the curry laksa is worth a shot. Parking can be chaotic whether you get there early or late (welcome to OUG) so that’s something to take note of when you plan your visit.
I reckon it’s better to go before lunch hour since it’s supposedly less crowded and they are less likely to run out of items. We ordered the highly recommended curry laksa with poached chicken and siew yuk (RM10), wantan noodles with char siew and siew yuk (RM10), nasi lemak curry ribs (RM13), Hainanese chicken chop (RM15), double butter kaya toast (RM3.60), butter kaya crunchy peanut sugar bun (RM4.80) and Portuguese tarts (RM2.80 per piece) to share.
For drinks, I tried Yi Feng’s salted kopi ping (RM4.50) as I was told it’s a must-try for first timers. Food was quick to arrive, perhaps because we were there slightly before the lunch crowd arrived.
Let’s talk flavour.
I was told Yi Feng’s Portuguese egg tarts are good enough to rival the ones from Foo Hing. Hello, wrong. Yi Feng’s version was far, far off. It might have been my unlucky day but what I got was an egg tart with cold and old-tasting puff pastry and egg custard with hardened and hardly creamy texture. A complete flop of a Portuguese egg tart, if I may add.
The kaya toast was quite decent (a tad too little butter honestly) but I liked the Yi Feng’s butter kaya crunchy peanut sugar bun better. I found the latter more tasty since there’s butter, kaya and peanut bits. This went well with my salted kopi ping, which was aromatic and “kau” with a slightly savoury aftertaste. I prefer the coffee from Thong Kee as that one has a creamier feel.
Truth be told, I find Yi Feng’s curry laksa just alright; definitely not the mind-blowing sort like what I was told haha! The siew yuk is quite good – light and crisp skin with tender flesh. This runs out really fast since they only make limited amounts. I wanted to order another portion 30 minutes later and there was none left. :(
Curry gravy was spicy and thick, but I thought their spice combo didn’t quite hit the spot. It didn’t taste like KL version curry laksa nor the Ipoh version, in my opinion. I also felt the wantan noodles were a tad overcooked in the curry laksa, so it was missing that “QQ” texture.
The wantan mee was better in terms of texture (springy) and the seasoning was lighter than usual but tasty overall. I liked that it was savoury and a bit of sweetness and an aromatic finish from the pork lard oil. The char siew slices were decent by wantan mee standards, and the siew yuk gave the noodles added flavour and crunch. I would have preferred more char and caramelisation on the char siew but that’s just me nit-picking.
Skip the Hainanese chicken chop at Yi Feng. While the exterior was crunchy, that was the only thing they had going on the plate. It also didn’t taste very “Hainanese” to me. I was expecting a savoury brown gravy with plenty of softened tomato quarters for tang and sweetness – the one at Yi Feng tasted very much like tomato sauce with bits of onions. If this is considered Hainanese, then it’s not my cup of tea.
Better was the nasi lemak pork ribs as the curry pork ribs was robust and spice-laden with fall-of-the-bone pork ribs. While the sambal wasn’t much to shout about, the curry itself was tasty enough to complement the coconut rice. I’d recommend this over the chicken chop.
Service is generally quick but during peak hours, it can get pretty chaotic. The staff at Yi Feng made two errors with my takeaway orders on two visits. Not the most pleasant because I’m quite particular about my food orders – both times, it was the wrong meat combination (I wanted char siew and siew yuk, but they gave me chicken instead of char siew/siew yuk), which they didn’t rectify.
Pricing is reasonable for the portion and quality, but in terms of overall taste, a few hits and misses. One thing for sure – I won’t go there during peak hours again because service is slow and mistakes happen.
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the wantan noodles and nasi lemak pork rib. Curry laksa is decent, but not my kind of style. Skip the Hainanese chicken chop altogether.
Yi Feng Restaurant 義豐茶餐室
2, Jalan Hujan Emas 4,
Taman Overseas Union,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 016-309 9899
Business hours: 7am till 4pm