Hainan Tea, SS2

If you’re a fan of modern kopitiams, then you might want to try out Hainan Tea. Taking over the spot where Leo’s Cafe used to be, it became one of CK’s favourite spot for weekend breakfast, mainly because he can’t stand the heat while dining at coffee shops and hawker centres. *tsk tsk tsk* Apparently, they have been around for quite some time, starting with their outlet at Low Yat Plaza and only expanded to PJ and Puchong just recently.

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They have quite a number of interesting stuff on the menu (or should I say, innovative) like this Hainan Brown Toast 3 Layer (RM 3.80). Generous spread of butter, kaya (coconut jam) and peanut butter sandwiched in between 3 pieces of brown toasts – you get a myriad of flavours (slightly salty, sweet and egg-y at the same time). Good stuff!

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The usual coffee and iced Milo fix, and also the Honey Cucumber juice. I love cucumber juice for its refreshing aftertaste and this one is quite a potent thirst-quencher.

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The menu says “hainan noodle” but in fact, it is wantan noodle. The Hainan Noodle with Curry Chicken came with big, tender chicken pieces and not overly spicy but the overall dish was a little bit too dry. More curry gravy would be a nice change.

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BBQ Chicken Roll (RM 6.90) – steamed rice roll or cheong fun/chee cheong fun with diced barbequed chicken was kinda bland. The filling were not fragrant enough to our liking, although the sauce given was aplenty. The Rendang Chicken Nasi Lemak on the other hand, has quite a number of condiments, including the acar (tangy preserved vegetable with spicy peanut sauce), a big piece of rendang chicken thigh and papadam. No complaint on this one.

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While I was unable to find out any Hainanese characteristic about the place, Hainan Tea definitely is a better place for something different than the usual kopitiam stuff, although there are some hit and misses. While other kopitiams were charging exorbitant prices, Hainan Tea is still affordable at the time being. A nice place for yam cha and bread (if you like bread!)

Hainan Tea
No. 61-9,
Jalan SS2/75,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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Yut Kee – 83 Years of Legacy & Going Strong

Yut Kee – a name that most KL folks aware of. In fact, when you Google about Yut Kee, you’ll see tons of food blog links on this icon of Kuala Lumpur, raving about their famous Roti Babi (pork sandwich), Hainanese chicken chop and so on.

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The heart of KL is one place I would stay away especially during peak hour, but on a bright Sunday morning, the usual horrendous traffic jam is no where to be found – much to my delight. Therefore, we finally found our way here to check out one of KL’s remaining Hainanese coffee shops in town. If possible, I would really love to order everything they have on the menu, but alas, the two of us only managed to have 3 items, plus two iced milk coffee. The steamed version of the toast with home-made kaya (coconut jam) was a pretty standard fare but we like the kaya for its thick consistency, egg-y aroma and not too sweet to the palate.

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While waiting for our other orders to arrive, I sweeped my camera around for pictures and then it struck me. This place has an air around it, most possibly similar to those back in Ipoh. The atmosphere filled with noisy chatters of the patrons from all walks of life (multi-generational families!), the old-fashioned tiles, aroma of freshly brewed coffee permeates the air, the round marble-topped dining tables etc. How long was it since my last visit to such nostalgic eatery like this that I used to grew up with?

Although I only been here once, but I was saddened by the news that the 83 years old Yut Kee would only have approximately one year more to continue its business at the current location. The owner of the premise apparently have plans to redevelop the area. It seems like “change” is inevitable in these modern days, where history would have to make way for progress and developments. For those regulars who have been a loyal customers to Yut Kee all these years, it is definitely something hard to accept, especially the ambiance that they have accustomed to for so long. But heck, that doesn’t mean Yut Kee will stop their business. They will relocated to a new premise, possibly to Bodhi Tree restaurant which is also managed by the same Lee family.

Anyway, I digress.

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The Roti Babi (RM 7.50) arrives and my dining companion was not impressed. Egg-coated and fried, the bread was stuffed with shredded pork, crabmeat and onions (some praise lyrical on the additional waxed Chinese sausage but we found none) but taste-wise, I think my dining companion was right. It was a bit bland. We realized it too late that we should have added a few dash of Lea Perrins Worchestershire sauce… by that time, we’ve wallopped everything down. That thought alone warrants another trip, don’t you agree?

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Yut Kee is also famous for their other Hainanese fare, such as the Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM 7.00), which is served drenched in Lea Perrins Worcestershire sauce-infused brown gravy, plenty of onions, mix vegetables, tomato and potato wedges. The chicken fillet was succulent, juicy and the best part, it was the lightly-battered. Very much reminds me of mom’s cooking (especially her fried chicken), where simple marinade would be sufficient to do the trick.

Let’s hope that miracle would happen and Yut Kee would still be seen standing strong on its current location when the time comes.

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Kedai Makanan Yut Kee
35, Jalan Dang Wangi (Campbell Road),
50100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2698 8108
Business hours: 8am to 5pm
Closed on Mondays and the last Sunday of the month.

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Tom Phat, Brunswick, Melbourne

I’m freaking miss Melbourne!!!

My friends would look at me in the eyes with weird expression and say that Melbourne is boring. Aside from that, I think that Melbourne is charming in its own way; the streets are generally clean, the Yarra river and its surrounding area (Southbank, South Wharf) are very well organized (with jogging tracks by the riverside), great food and efficient public transportation.

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We were brought to this little cafe at Sydney Road on our first morning by our pretty host, PY for breakfast. According to PY, they serves Asian dishes with a little bit of Western touch (or was it the other way round?). The menu is simple and straightforward, no colourful illustrations and it is divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, desserts and appetizers. Or, you could also refer to the blackboard for special items offered for the day.

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PY’s “Roti omelette wok tossed eggs – roti, bacon with chives and roasted tomato salsa” (AUD13.90) is a dish created from frying roti (roti canai!) with eggs, chives, pork bacon and drizzled with roasted tomato salsa. The moment I saw it, I wondered how many eggs they throw in it because the portion – it was huge! A bit too heavy for breakfast, I would say. A very eggy dish, the roti can fill you up in no time.

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The “Viet eggs wok fried with chilli, soyfried shallots, spring onion and toast” (AUD9.90) look promising, but sadly the soy sauce was tad too much till it drenched the toasts below it, rendered the toasts almost inedible because they were so salty.

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WMW’s “Duck spring rolls with shitake mushrooms and five spice” (AUD9) was better – the skin wasn’t greasy and filling was moist and flavourful.

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I ordered the item from the blackboard, “Goan scrambled eggs with spicy chorizo, curry leaves and roasted tomato” (add a toast too) – AUD11.90. Again, big portion and by now, you should have noticed that egg is a popular ingredient for breakfast here. Mine was not bad, the eggs were scrambed and tossed with chorizo and curry leaves – the chorizo, which was mentioned as “spicy” here was not spicy at all and requires a little bit of jaw exercise to chew. Almost unable to finish it because it was filling up my stomach really fast!

Overall, a pretty satisfying breakfast, apart from the salty toast. Friendly service and affordable pricing (if you don’t convert it to MYR, of course!).

Tom Phat
184, Sydney Road,
Brunswick 3056,
Melbourne, Australia.

Tel: 9381 2374
Fax: 9380 5793
Email: eat@tomphat.com.au
Web: http://www.tomphat.com.au/
Business Hour: Sat – Sun, 8.00am – 11.00pm