Yut Kee Kopitiam 鎰記茶餐室 @ Jalan Dang Wangi

** Starting from early of June 2014, Yut Kee has been moved out from Jalan Dang Wangi premise to a nearby lot (formally is The Bodhi Tree) along Jalan Kamunting**

Established in the year of 1928, Yut Kee Kopitiam 鎰記茶餐室 is certainly one of the oldest kopitiams in KL, and still gaining glories as a famous stop for breakfast and lunch among locals as well as tourists. Ample of choices to pick from the kopitiam- Hainanese Chicken Chop, Roti Babi, Roasted Pork with Apple Sauce, Fried Hokien Mee, Chicken Rice, Lum Mee, etc. Every dish seems to be the top pick that brings in the huge crowd. Today, Yut Kee Kopitiam is run by the third generations. Some said that Yut Kee is overrated, as their standard have dropped a lot with increasing price and bland taste dishes. But we are still eager to try it out despite all bad comments, as there must be something unique in this Yut Kee Kopitiam which makes it successfully operated for more than half century.

Went there last Saturday. The queue was extremely long. Being newbies there, we didn’t know which queue to follow, so we just stood headlessly like stupid at the back end. Thanks to a gentleman who saw our dilemma, he said we had to drop our name at the counter and not just queueing like that. So, gentle reminder for first timer in Yut Kee Kopitiam: Leave your name and pax of diners at the counter once you reach. They will call you when there’s seats. Waiting time was not long, even though there’s lots of customers.

The old fashion floor tiles, almost vanished in the hustle and bustle of this modernized city.

With diners outnumbered the seats, you better be there early, or be prepared to share tables with strangers, as what happened to us. Service was good though all staffs were busy. It took less than 10 minutes from placing our order till food arrived.

Kopi (RM1.50)
retty average in taste, we still prefer the ‘kau kau’ kopi we had back in Teluk Intan.

Toasted bread with butter & kaya (RM2.40)
Spread the toast with butter and homemade kaya that came with tiny bits, giving extra chew. The kaya was good, but not fragrance enough. The sweetness too, had taken over the coconuty of the spread.

Half boiled egg (RM2.50)
When there’s local kopi and toasted bread, we always wanted to have half boiled egg to come in sight to make a complete satisfactory breakfast set. Egg yolk was a little over hardened, but the overall smooth and soft consistency still promotes.

Hainanese Pork Chop (RM10.00)

Deep fried into golden brown, the pork chop was then flooded with thick brown gravy. Crispiness reduced but the aroma from the deep frying remained, we both liked this dish, not forgetting the juiciness and delicious sauce. With  RM10 for two huge slab of juicy meaty pork chop, this dish really worth every penny we paid for. Fair price, good stuff.

Roti Babi ( RM8.00)

The roti babi (Pork Bun) on the other hand, was slightly expensive for the portion given. It tasted average but much better than those we had in Penang. Cutting through the bun revealing chockful of minced pork meat and sliced onions, sandwiched between two buns and dipped into egg liquid before being deep fried.

As we almost gave up with the bun, one of the staffs said that we must have it together with the signature Lea & Perrins sauce. True enough, the bun tasted so different with just a few drops of the sauce added to it. A little spicy, sour and salty concoction, the sauce marvellously brought up the flavour of the pork bun to another level.

Apart  from the Hainanese Pork Chop, another thing that drove us to Yut Kee Kopitiam would be the Yut Kee Roast Pork. Available only after 10am, the roast pork wasn’t out yet when we reached.

So we being the super kiasu, waited and grabbed for the very first portion once it was out pipping out, as Yut Kee prepares only 14 rolls a day, and usually sold off around noon time.

Yut Kee Roast Pork (RM15 for two slices)
However, customers can ask for early reservation for special occasion, and it is priced at RM150 per roll.

Apple sauce
The special secret sauce that was meant to pair with the Yut Kee roast pork. Creamy and sourish but we still preferred to have it without sauce.

Juicy meat, crispy skin, flavour packed, we couldn’t get enough of it. Two slices were too few to feed us two but we didn’t fork out money for another portion, as we felt that it was rather pricy, which was also the only downside for this beautifully done sinful dish.

After the visit, we personally felt that Yut Kee Kopitiam was worth visiting, and it wasn’t as bad as those comments we have read. If you are a person looking for delicate and fine food, it is not a place for you. But it is indeed a good place for those who are seeking for traditional good old taste in a traditional shop. Appreciate when it still exists, as it may be levelled to the ground at any time for future development.

Photographer: Summerkid
Write-up: Summergirl

Old Address:
Yut Kee Kopitiam 鎰記茶餐室
35, Jalan Dang Wangi,
Dang Wangi, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03- 2298 8108
Bussiness Hour: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Sun, closed on Mondays)

New Address:
Yut Kee Kopitiam 鎰記茶餐室
Jalan Kamunting
Off Jalan Dang Wangi
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: Tue-Sun (8am – 5pm)