Kuala Lumpur: Restoran Yut Kee

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So determined were we to have a meal here that two long walks in the haze and heat were willingly undertaken (company would have made it wonderful either way, but isn’t a collective goal just that bit more motivational?). Restoran Yut Kee is a traditional Hainanese canteen with a history stretching back to 1928. We dropped by their new premises, just round the corner from the old institution, which they only recently moved into. Modernisation hasn’t fully swept over the place; marble-topped tables and the fading signboard menu still do a charming job of ensuring you’re well seated and well fed. The food while tasty was a tad oily and rich, particularly the signature ‘roti babi’ – a deep fried fluffy bun stuffed with flavourful stir-fried pork. I’d say the entire experience is reminiscent of a ’70s coffeehouse, with faded melamine tableware topped with the ubiquitous greens of that time i.e. frozen mixed vegetables. It’s venerably loved by office workers and people who want to get a taste of sleepy old KL in the midst of the CBD; I’ll just be sure to take a taxi there next time.

Restoran Yut Kee
35 Jalan Dang Wangi, Chow Kit
50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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