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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Yuen Kee (源记), Jinjang Utara

Last last Saturday, after Cheng Beng ritual, my aunt said she want to belanja dinner. So, off me and my cousins go to Jinjang in the evening. There's restaurant that my aunt frequent always. She told me that this place server delicious food at a reasonable price. This place is Yuen Kee (
源记). It is in the Medan Selera Jinjang just next to the Ipoh Road Yong Tao Fu in Jinjang Utara. This area is better known as 3 temples (三间庙) because there are 3 Taoist temples here.

Yuen Kee is your typical 'dai chou' which also serves steam boat. Most of the customers come here for the steamboat and order their a la carte as side dishes. We didn't order steamboat. We ordered a few dishes and eat with rice.

You can easily regconize Yuen Kee from the yellow table cloth. We reached about 7.30 p.m. and at 8.00 p.m. the place was already packed with customers. So, come earlier if you don't want to wait long for a table.

Four Heavenly Kings

Stir fried using 4 different kind of vegetables namely lady fingers, brinjal, petai, and long beans. What I like about this is that the cook got the right timing for this dish. The vegetables are not overcook. When I bite into the long bean or petai, I can still feel the crunchiness and fresh taste of 'green'. It is also not very salty.

Price: RM 8

Rating: 3.5/5

Four Treasures

After Four Heavenly Kings, we have Four Treasures. This dish consist of lala (clam), prawn, sliced abalone, and dried scallop cooked in fish stock seasoned with ginger and Chinese wine. Enough said, by looking at the ingredient put in to the soup, you'll know that the soup taste very good. Filled with the taste of seafood this dish is a must try.

Price: RM 25

Rating: 4/5

Bing Mei Guat

Stir fried marinated pork ribs. Taste like honey or 'mug nga'. Meat is tender and not hard to bite off. The fat and lean meat is quite balanced. I didn't find a piece that only with fat or only with lean meat. Might be a bit to sweet for my taste though.

Price: RM 12

Rating: 3/5

Mantis Prawn with Butter Cream

奶油 mantis prawn, very different from the one that I eat at other 'dai chou'. Usually the other will fried the mantis prawn until very dry and sprinkle friend shredded coconut meat. The way they do this dish here is stir fried the mantis prawn and then cover it with 奶油 sauce (butter cream). The butterish taste is just great. The fastest dish to finish that night.

Price: RM 12

Rating: 3.5/5

Golden Crab

Golden actually meant crab stir fried with salted egg yolk. Quite a popular way to cook up some crabs nowadays. It's been a long time I haven't eaten crabs. My favourite part is the crab shell which you can find some crab roe. Lucky enough, there's some in these crabs that we ordered. Even though cooked with salty egg yolk, it's not too salty. I licked the whole crab, only then I eat the meat. Nice craps crab.

Price: RM 40 1kg

Rating: 3.5/4

Steamed 七星 'ban' (Seven Star Fish)

Sorry, I don't know what's this fish called in English. Steamed with soya sauce and some ginger. It is right choice because for this fish too much sauce will spoiled the taste. The meat is so fresh and sweet. The sweetness that you get from seafood not sugar. It is not whole fish though, we only ordered a quarter. This dish is absolutely wonderful.

Price: RM 25

Rating: 4/5

Fried Rice

My aunt told us that the fried rice here is very good, so this is an additional order. To me the fried rice is ok, not too bad. I just don't know why my aunt thinks it's very good. Maybe I'm not a fried rice person.

Price: RM 4 (single portion)

Rating: 3/5

The total bill including the 5 bowl of white rice, 1 small bowl of white rice and a pot of tea for 5 is RM 133.80.


Near 3 temples, Jalan Kepong.

Contact: 019-642 2099

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The Author said...

u making me feel hungry

nxt time bring me go eat xDD
okok *winks winks*

Anonymous said...

Nice review on Yuen Kee. ;) Their food were quite delish...we should go there again one day :D

Anonymous said...

ishh... looks quite nice eh..
now I feelin' hungry d. xD

Monica said...

the pork ribs looked yummy!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

looks good ar..the 4 treasures..nvr see b4..abit like sheong tong lala i presume?

HairyBerry said...

the butter cream looks good...quite different, actually...i think yuen kee has been there for a long time...can't miss it if one is driving along jln kepong, i think...

ling239 said...

the four treasures with sliced abalone at RM25? sure ah ? :p

mizzvickz said...

oh mans. the food looks so good. i am CRAVING for seafood now.

Anonymous said...

Jinjang jinjang... near Kepong?

Anonymous said...

Simon, wherabout exactly is this Restaurant? Looks good. I stayed around Manjalara, appreciate if you could provide the direction. eee, from the Manjalara school, straight on? near to Jusco?

Big Boys Oven said...

Looks good and sounds good! so delicious looking!

Simon Seow said...

jan: sure, sure but first you have to give me your mobile, if not how to contact you wor :p

food-cookies: thanks, yours not bad too. Yeah, when go call and order lobster for RM 150.

shaun: kekeke

monica: yeah, quite juicy, slurp, slurp.

joe: yeap, something like siong tong lala but with more ingredients.

nic: you're right

ling: just a few slices only :(

vic: come la, one day we go eat with Pusu.

Jason: yes, near kepong

anonymous: you live in Manjalara yet you don't know where is Jinjang Utara? Just take go to the road where Carrefour is on your left, all the way straight until you see eating stalls with zinc roof. Look out for yellow table cloth and Chinese temples on your left. The Yuen Kee name board is by the road side.

BBO: yeap, heard they serve a lobster set too, call them to book for RM 150 a lobster set.

Anonymous said...

Oh, now I know. A bit blur cos I just moved to Manjalara 2 months ago. Still very new to this place. Anyway, thanks for the direction. Looking forward to more of your food blogs in Kepong. Cheers!

Simon Seow said...

Oh, no wonder lah. Thanks for dropping by. Yah, there's a few restaurants opposite Metro Prima that I'm going to try out.

Han Lee said...


Anonymous said...

urghh...golden crab!! i like it..

Anonymous said...

Oh I so wanna try that Four Treasures!!

Simon Seow said...

paul: yeah, good food great price

syam: ya, the salty egg yolk goes well with the crab

daryl: one day we go there for food crawl la

KY said...

wah the four treasure looks great!

Simon Seow said...

ky: yeap, the soup really got kicks. the other dishes not bad too.

Melvin Lim said...

RM 40/kg for the crab??? No way! The rest ok.

RM 18/kg at Tak Fook (Aman Puri)
Can call me at 012-3123430 for direction :-)