If you were to patronize Kedai Makanan Yut Kee often enough, you will notice that it's always packed to the brim, even on weekends. Sometimes you will have to wait quite a while for a table.
In fact, most of the time, you will have to share your table with strangers. My friend and i shared a table with a Chinese old couple and an Indian old couple. The food is served in a jiffy despite the crowd.
When the Hainanese were employed by the colonial masters as cooks, they had to adapt to their natural cooking senses to dish out western dishes. And the founder of Yut Kee is one of them. His portrait is hang on the shop's wall.
The restaurant is passed on to Mr. Jack Lee, and eventually his son, Mr. Melvin Lee, who stand behind the cash register all the time. It was said that most of the kopitiam's dishes are prepared from the founder's original recipes.
My friend ordered French Toast @ RM3.00. Many of the old-styled kopitiam don't usually carry French Toast. This French Toast is not really French Toast in the traditional sense, with slices of white bread dipped in egg and deep-fried till golden brown. It was soft and fluffy despite not nicely done.
We were quite surprised that the French Toast comes with kaya. The kaya was a bit lumpy and looks greenish. It was sufficiently rich and eggy. However, i prefer my kaya smoother in texture.
As for me, i ordered Hainanese Pork Chop @ RM9.00. The flattened piece of pork cutlet is lightly coated with egg batter and pan-fried. It is served with onions, potatoes, peas and carrots, drizzled with a peppery sauce.
It tasted quite good although the gravy was slightly watery to my taste. They could have done with lesser gravy. There are only a handful of restaurants in Kuala Lumpur which sells Pork Chop, for that i think Yut Kee is worth a visit!
Both of us ordered Iced Coffee @ RM1.70. The traditional brewed coffee packs an oomph you would never find in a coffee chain outlet. It was a thick, smooth and heavy brew. Somehow, it gives me a very homely taste.
This is where the coffee was brewed, in the hands of the brewer, surprisingly, an old lady with a passion towards her work.
When the rest of the restaurateur so quickly to discard the old and embrace the new cuisines and service models, a small shop in Kuala Lumpur stops time, causes one to reflect, and savour the traditional tastes.
Add: No. 35, Jalan Dang Wangi, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2698 8108
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm (Closed on Monday and last Sunday of the month).
[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]