Monday, May 15, 2006

Food: Bak kut teh

Ever heard of businesses that can afford to be located on prime property, and open only for business during evening hours, and still do pretty good?

I haven't... prior to visiting Yu Kee restaurant in Kota Kinabalu, that is.

Yu Kee is just opposite Jesselton Hotel on Gaya Street. Their specialty is Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶), which literally translates into "Meat and Rib Tea".

For readers whom are not familiar with the local cuisine, it is a dark herbal soup that derives its taste from meat-packed ribs, whole garlic, mushrooms, and "whatever else" stewed up in a hotpot. With it, is usually servings of plain rice, and piles of fried dough ~ You Tiao (油条).

Back where I'm from, every bit of the soup and "stuff" is usually served in a hot pot for every person. Here at Yu Kee, we ordered every part of the pig in separate bowls. I guess that makes sense, since not everyone likes the idea of introducing pork intestines to his or her own...

Excuse the grotesque English...
But a pig is a pig and intestines are intestines right?
How else could I have put it??

Since I've been fed the best stuff from Klang (Selangor) and also quite a memorable one in Kuching (Sarawak), I wouldn't say that this is the definitely the best I have had. But to be fair, it still was a pretty good meal.

Now, back to the art of telling how good a business is...

Just look at the following picture.

I mean dude... while other restaurants are serving their customers toilet paper rolls for wipes, this one dishes out PRIMIER, which is 5 times more expensive!!

Business is definitely bustling at this KK local's hotspot!


At May 15, 2006 2:49 PM, Blogger piffles said...


At May 15, 2006 5:12 PM, Blogger Goodchristianboy said...

but... but... the malay warong near my apartment also has premier.

At May 16, 2006 6:37 PM, Blogger Johanna said...

AUGH! I've been messing around with my template...And it's almost there, but there's this really weird line that goes through the side bar.


Oh, and the Bak Ku Teh in KL is much better than those here.

So my brother says. *Shrugs*

At May 17, 2006 6:16 PM, Blogger Jo said...

i've tried bak kut teh with yam rice..yum yum...
but no tissue provided, have to bring own..u so bahagia lah, tissue is provided woh

At May 22, 2006 12:03 PM, Blogger piffles said...

i just realised that this is the same shop my family and friends eat BKT too. =D

At May 23, 2006 2:36 AM, Blogger Elaine said...

I didn't really like it when I tried it, and I've only had Bak Kut Teh once. Well anyway, it's not very healthy so it's a good thing i'm not hooked!!

At May 23, 2006 4:32 PM, Anonymous G said...

Despite the fact that I miss the Korean commentary on your blog, I'm enjoying the intro to a new culture.

I'm not into pig intestines, either.


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