Kuala Lumpur: Breakfast at Yut Kee
Yut Kee (Est. 1928) is perhaps the oldest Hainanese coffeeshop in KL, and definitely the most popular. The traditional Hainanese-style brewed coffee packs an oomph you'd never find in a coffee chain outlet.
I was on a short "makan" visit to KL last weekend, and Yut Kee was my first stop on Saturday morning. 8.00am and there's a queue of hungry diners outside waiting for tables.
- Roti babi, a sort of deep-fried sandwich filled with shredded jicama, minced pork, Chinese sausages & other goodies. A bit too oily for my taste, but am told it's one of Yut Kee's more popular items;
- Hainanese-style fried noodles. Thick egg noodles part-stirfried/ part-braised, wholly delicious!! Studded with bits of pork & shrimp - it's a definite must-try.
- Hainanese pork chop - a flattened piece of crisp pork schnitzel, drizzled with a peppery sauce. Yut Kee's version is not exactly my favourite rendition of the traditional Hainanese pork chop - it came across as a bit bland & quite overwhelmed by the liberal use of pepper. I've definitely had better versions in many other places in Malaysia/Singapore;
- Egg foo yong: another Hainanese staple - rich scrambled eggs with crispy bits of shallots and plump pieces of chopped shrimp. Not particularly outstanding;
- Kaya toast: thick-cut white bread toasts served with eggy kaya custard spread & butter on the side (this is one of the food items which Singaporeans can do better than Malaysians, so I'm not going back to Yut Kee for this again).
One of the dishes which we did not order, but seemed very popular with the other clientele was the soupy beef stew, with delicious-looking chunks of translucent radish. B
But at the end of the day, it really comes down to their incredible coffee: a thick, smooth, rich, heavy brew. IMHO, after you've had a cuppa at Yut Kee, no other coffeeshop in KL will suffice. Yut Kee's a definite must-visit for any serious foodie-visitor to KL.