Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Food Review: Restoran Yok Kee, Kampung Subang

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This is one of those food places that I would put under the "cheap, good and no ambience" category.  Don't we all need to find more of such places especially during these austerity times.   

Yok Kee is located along the main Kampung Subang TUDM road, where there are a string of other popular tai-chows. It is a typical chinese family run tai-chow, housed in those ubiquitous zinc-roofed, make-shift restaurant next to a family home smack right beside a major trunk road.

As such, it may or may not be exactly child friendly, depending on how flexible you are with that definition. Their baby chairs were rather dirty and had rusty spots along the handle bars.  Good thing we brought our portable baby chair which could be strapped to the restaurant's plastic chair.

We decided on an early Sunday dinner and finished our meal by 730pm. Whilst quite busy, business at Yoke Kee was conspicuously more subdued than its neighbouring competitors, some of which were packed to the brim. Hubby was a little irked that their menu had no prices listed; hence after giving our orders he asked the lady boss to list down the prices.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the prices were very reasonable.

Our first dish was this Stir Fry Lotus Root with Mix Veg (RM12) – a simple and tasty dish, no surprises here.

Spinach and Egg Drop Soup (RM10) – decent enough and a huge portion sufficient to fill 6 rice bowls.

Homestyle Tofu with Minced Meat (RM12) – familiar and comforting.

This was one of their recommended dishes – Nam Yue Deep Fried Pork Belly (RM18). A generous portion of crispy tender pork pieces. The good thing was it was not overly fried, and the light brown color an indication of fresh oil. Taste wise, it's not bad but I've had better ones.

Another perenially popular dish – 3 Variety Steam Egg (RM12).

Assam Tilapia is a must-have whenever we eat at tai-chows, so we were mighty pleased with this dish. The fish was a good medium size and tasted fresh. Loads of complementary vege and a very appetizing assam gravy. For just RM26, I'd come back and order this again.

Another must-have dish – Stir Fry Yau Mak with Fu Yue (fermented tofu). Cheap and cheery at RM7 for a small portion.

Another signature dish – Drunken Prawns in Claypot. This was the priciest dish of the night at RM40. Four XL sized fresh prawns in a rice wine vinegar broth with black fungus. A reasonably well executed dish, although I would have preferred it with a stronger dose of rice wine.

Yok Kee also serves crabs but you'll need to order 2 days ahead. It costs a reasonable RM60 per kg.

Restoran Yok Kee | Address: 8, Jalan TUDM, Kampung Baru Subang, | Tel: 017.200.8681 | Opening hours: Everyday except Wednesdays 1130am – 3pm, 5pm - 10pm | GPS 3.13 6368, 101.542844

This article was first published on Hungrygowhere Malaysia HERE

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