If you have been living in Kuala Lumpur for the longest time ever like me since birth, you can be sure to have heard of Yook Woo Hin from your parents or even your grandparents. Not only heard perhaps, they might have brought you along seven early eight early in the morning to yum cha in one of the oldest yum cha place in Chinatown.
In the days of the yore, dim sum is only available early in the morning (no later than 9am else all goodies would have gone by then) and not any other time of the days, just like bak kut teh. Excitement looms at bedtime when dad declare that we will have dim sum for breakie and you can be sure that all 3 of us would wake up super early on a Sunday so that we can enjoy a long awaited dim sum treat.
Yook Woo Hin was closed last year for almost a year to have the whole building tore down and in its place now... a spanking bright, clean and airy building (ohh I love the high ceiling!). However, it did not lost the old world charm for I can still find the signature old folks tarn cha (having dim sum and tea) as early as 7am. The stainless steel table tops were retained. The not so young staff are still there bringing trays of piping hot dim sum around, let alone the deep fried ones. The only exceptions were of course the presence of a few foreign workers.
That particular morning, hubby and I have this chee cheung fun (rice noodle) which is served with a ladle of mushroom gravy, totally different the common chee cheung fun served in town. The thick savoury gravy with generous slices of shitake mushrooms went well with the smooth and slippery chee cheung fun.
We shared an old favourite, loh mai kai (chicken glutinous rice). Tasted just like the good old days. The rice texture here is soft but yet retain the bite and you can still see the individual grains. Totally satisfying.
Other than these two items, we have 4 different types of steamed dim sum. From bouncy fish balls, foo chuk to 2 different types of siu mais. All tasted freshly made, plump with fillings especially the siu mais.
Other than dim sums, they have pastries as well and not forgetting mooncakes during Mid-Autumn Festival. We find that this is the only place that made authentic kum tuay (mixed nuts with ham) that my parents loved. During lunch, noodles, rice and dishes are served. Char siu lovers should give this place a try for delicious, caramalised and burnt bits of bbq pork belly. Other must orders are their deep fried wantans (dumplings), tit kung kai (boxing chicken) and nam yue pai kuat (deep fried red preserved beancurd pork ribs)... ohh yummmm!!!
By the way, if you're interested... all the above plus a pot of tea costed us RM19.00.
Restaurant Yook Woo Hin
100 Jalan Petaling
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2078 4681
Opening hours: 6am to 3pm
Closed on Thursday
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