Walk by Gaya Street in the evening, one will not miss this nice herbal smell from a popular restaurant called Syarikat Yu Kee. Located towards the end of Gaya Street and immediately opposite to Jesselton Hotel, Yu Kee Restaurant is easily spotted, especially around 7pm to 9pm, where crowds can be seen gathering by its road side waiting for seats. Night after night this restaurant is packed to its limit with locals and tourists alike. So what’s cooking? Bak Kut Teh is the key word here. Everyone comes to Yu Kee Restaurant for one thing only and that is the very delicious Bak Kut Teh. And lately many visitors from China have been dining here to find out what this tasty Bak Kut Teh is all about.
Bak Kut Teh consists of many different parts of the pig, like intestine, stomach, tongue, liver, rib and of course pork meat which is made into meat ball. Other ingredients used are mushroom, to-fu, and yaw cha kui. While to-fu and yaw cha kui come with the standard meal, Yu Kee Restaurant allows customers to choose which special part of the pig that they would like and this will be served in a bowl that is filled with hot steamy Bak Kut Teh soup. Each bowl starts from RM 6. A few dishes of vegetables are also served here.
A lot of people do not know that Bah Kut Teh is a Malaysian Chinese invention, created probably around the middle of last century. Started as a simple energy food for the many coolies who worked in the wharfs along the Straits of Malacca. This fabulous dish had been transformed through the years into one of Malaysia luxurious dishes. Today high quality herbs and rib bones are used in the preparation of the Bah Kut Teh soup, which needs to be cooked slowly for six to seven hours. The herbal soup is also very nutritious, rich in protein and believe to prevent cold and flu.
Yu Kee Restaurant opens from 5pm to 10pm every day. It is advisable to dine at the tables on the walk way as the room temperature inside the restaurant can get very warm. Raining days are also great time to have Bak Kut Teh since the herbal soup helps to keep the body warm.
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How to get there. Gaya Street is within walking distance from any parts of KK City. Located towards the end of Gaya Street is Yu Kee Restaurant. Alternately one can take a taxi.