Sunday, March 11, 2007

Yap Hup Kee - chee cheong fun and yong tau foo

When my friends and I want to eat chee cheong fun with yong tau foo, we prefer going to Yap Hup Kee (YHK) at Pudu instead of the more popular Ampang Yong Tau Foo, not because it tastes much better than the Ampang version, but because of its location which is much nearer to our office. On this occasion though, we were sorely mistaken as the traffic was heavy on Jalan Pudu and we ended up taking half an hour to arrive at the already congested area. This restaurant is just a stone's throw away from the famous Pudu siew yoke. You can find parking at the open air area a short distance away.

chee cheong fun
curry chee cheong fun
The chee cheong fun here is very good - smooth with a sprinkling of fried shrimps which provides a different dimension to this gastronomical experience. We ordered both versions of chee cheong fun - served with sweet black sauce and curry. I love the black sauce version, and curry lover, Pretty Pui, gives the chee cheong fun here the thumbs up.

yong tau foo
The requisite order of yong tau foo was made as well. This place serves interesting versions of yong tau foo; I saw brocolli wrapped with fish paste, and kacang botol (four angled beans) stuffed with fish paste. But I tend to be less adventurous with yong tau foo and went with the usual favourites of brinjals, meat balls, fish balls, ladies fingers, fried foo chuk (beancurd sheets), etc. It is hard to be experimental when you're craving for brinjals!

sui kow in herbal soup
The main reason why I like to come here is to eat the claypot sui kow (stuffed dumplings) in herbal soup. The herbal soup tastes somewhat like bah kut teh soup, and the sui kow is stuffed with minced pork and a large piece of prawn. Button mushrooms and vegetables completed the dish. Our claypot dish came with seven sui kows - the minimum order. So order this only if you have a large appetite. Heck. Order it anyway. You won't regret it.

Yap Hup Kee
45, Jalan Brunei Barat, 55100 KL.
Tel: 03-2148 9220

29 comments:

tigerfish said...

OMG! I think I must be living in the mountains all this while. I've n'er had chee cheong fun this way -garnished with heaps of fried dried shrimps bits. It's usually the sesame seeds version I've eaten.
Sui Kow in herbal soup - what an interesting combination :D

wmw said...

Chee Cheong Fun! I want...I want. One day, I would like to be able to do lunch with you! Siew yoke and ccf and other stuff...since you have "connections" ;o)

jason said...

Goodness, that's really something new! I don't really go for sui kow as I don't fancy chunks of meat in clear broth but this one.. must try!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

tigerfish: this version of chee cheong fun - either you love it or you hate it. I LURVE it. :-)

wmw: we need to take the day off and plan a whole day makan session. heeheehee. Atcherly, u weally wanna meet Eeyore, rite? :-P

jason: you will love this version - guaranteed! Come here la..I'll take u to the pudu siew yoke and then finish off with the sui kow. it'll be totally sinful!

team BSG said...

They do look v good. Must check it out soon !

boo_licious said...

Must be a pudu thing as the chee cheong fun at their wai sik kai is also garnished with fried shrimps. Yum, that herbal soup sounds good. Okay, must drag my feet to try this place one day.

Shilpa said...

Hi Lyrical Lemongrass! Thanks for your kind comments and for visiting my blog! :) Hmm, all the chee cheong fun I'd had in my life (in s'pore) never looked like this! They were always in rolls, cut into small pieces, and such generosity sauce-wise was unheard of! I never knew there was a curry version too!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

team bsg: the claypot sui kow is excellent. Remember to wear non-slip shoes. The floor is pretty slippery!

boo_licious: I didn't know wai sik kai's chee cheong fun was the same. Must check it out too. Thanks!

shilpa: thanks for dropping by! there are several ways of serving and eating chee cheong fun. Serving them in rolls is also quite common. I actually prefer the rolled version as I like to see the sauce getting into the folds. An obsessive compulsive thing. :-)

RennyBA said...

Looks delicious and very tasty and a lunch you could never have in Norway:-(
Btw: Thanks for your comments on my Rakfisk post and good to know at least you have tasted Aquavit:-)

tankiasu said...

Yea I like most of their stuff, especially the fried crispy pig intestine. I do feel they are a lil bit pricey though.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

rennyba: Norwegian food is pretty cool too. I remember, on my last visit there, eating whale meat. I'm also a big fan of brown cheese...still have some in my fridge. And you gotta love lefse. Aquavit is an acquired taste..hehe.

tankiasu: I've never tried their crispy fried intestines. Shall try it the next time. :-) Pricewise, be prepared to spend about RM15 per head.

Tummythoz said...

Slippery floor with handrails on the wall for balance. Well-dressed ladies in office attire with high heels on jostling for tables. I remember this place. Always had a hard time stopping myself at d 2nd plate of d chee cheung fun so as to do justice to d other dishes! Drools.

jason said...

Lyrical Lemongrass: Promised ya! I'll try to be in KL next month :D hope that everything goes well for me.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

tummythoz: yah, the floor is so slippery, I take small steps there, like japanese/chinese women with bound feet. :-P I'm one of those women wearing super high heels walking stupidly across the room. hahaha. Like you, I have to stop myself from eating too much chee cheong fun so that I have space for other things.

jason: email me (email add on the sidebar) with your contact number and I'll be in touch with ya. :-)

tigerfish said...

I don't think I will hate this version. I even have the urge of replicating it (but my skills might be limited). I've eaten chee cheong fun fried with chai po (preserved turnips) before. Taste like kway teow :D.

Precious Pea said...

The Sui Kow (my fav) in Bak Kut Teh Soup (Fav of my Fav)!!!!!! I want i want. Why all good food in Kl one?? Somemore places I never heard of. Unfair unfair (stomping feet)!

jason said...

Lyrical Lemongrass: I got your email :)

Precious Pea: Your Highness ar... KL is kinda near for you leh.. pity me need to take 2 hour bus :( *sob sob*

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

tigerfish: I don't think you have limited skills! U're a very good cook lah.

precious pea: jason is right. :-P KL is not that far away. Somemore got so many highways everywhere. hehehe.

jason: cool. will lookout for your email.

wmw said...

I want to have lunch with you for your presence and food only lah...Eeyore only wants Amber Chia lah! LOL...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

wmw: I'm so touched! *wiping tear from my eye* Must organise a session soon.

sc said...

this is my fave place for YTF and ccf! and i usually over order, always leaving with bulging stomach :D. love the ccf there..as for YTF, other than the norm stuff, I like their wanton thingy (with salted egg), dog bone look-a-like stuff and the brocolli.. yumz..they have a branch at DU, by the quality is not as good as this

Precious Pea said...

sc,where about in DU??? Issit the one same row as The Ship???

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

sc: aah...another fan!! cool.

Yah sc, where's the DU place ah?

Henry Yeo said...

btw, I do want to read your 2nd iketeru post. Please put it up soon.

sc said...

yup precious pea & lyrical lemongrass, the same road as The Ship, further up the row though, I think it's in the centre. It's called YHK Yong Tau Foo if I remembered correctly. Be warned though, this is not as good as the Pudu branch ;)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

henry yeo: Shy to put up the iketeru post lah. Firstly, photos are bad. Secondly, I'm intimidated by your brilliant writeup on your blog. I'd do better just making reference to yours. haha. Can I join you for your 4th omakase? :-)

sc: thanks for the directions!! One day, when I'm at home and really hungry and in need of a quick fix, I'll go there. :-)

Melting Wok said...

I think my book can;t fit no more, might need an encyclopedia soon :P tt CCF curry gravy is extremely pekat, tepat dan sedap man :(

Precious Pea said...

Lemongrass, no wonder the siu gao in bkt soup sounded so familiar. I tried it before, right after my slimming session yearzz ago. Hahaha. Must go back for it, the yong tau foo of course. At nite they serve steamboat.

malaysianfoodguide said...

I miss the chee cheong fun ...must be very tasty and delicious