After being away from work for 18-days, I officially miss the food around my office. Particularly the ones served at Yook Tho Yin. Prior to my tenure at the current company, this used to be one of my family’s favourite restaurants, but then I got sick of it after having lunch here once every 3 to 4 days. That’s actually one of the reasons why I’ve put off blogging about the restaurant until now.
Don’t get me wrong, the food here is actually really delicious. From the fantastic roast meats hanging in the window (boy do they know a thing or two about window displays!) to the seasonal giant Bak Chang (glutinous rice dumplings), sweet meat Siu Pau and mooncakes; it seems they can’t do wrong. But what I love about this family-run restaurant is the fact that they can whip up anything your heart fancies. Their repertoire of made-to-order dishes are really impressive, which is wonderful for a crowd who’s easily bored working around this area – like us.
The process of “inventing” a new dish comprises of us naming any ingredients and they’ll retort back with a method of preparation, we’ll then negotiate on the rest of the ingredients that goes in and viola, a brand new dish appears some 10 to 15 minutes later.
Having said that, their list of popular dishes is more than enough to keep us satisfied most of the time. My very own list of favourite dishes here, which I’d highly recommend you to try, includes:
a. Golden Pumpkin & Seafood Sauce on Home-made Tofu (Kam Jap Taufu): I swear you’d lick the plate clean.
b. Sweet & Sour Pork (Gu Loh Yuk): Chunky crispy pork pieces rolled in tomato, pineapple juice and black vinegar sauce. Nuff said.
c. Honey & Ginger Cured Chicken (Keong Ngah Gai): This candied ginger with browned chicken dish is a perennial favourite whenever I have lunch with my colleagues, completely appetising.
d. Pork & Ginger Omellete in Wine Soup (not sure what it’s called in Cantonese): This simple and nutritious dish may be a staple confinement dish, but it’s beautifully executed and perfect for rainy afternoons.
e. Claypot Spinach Superior Soup with Fish Paste (Yu Pin Yin Choi Bo): Another soupy favourite, filled with tonnes of leafy spinach, century egg, dried shrimp, fish paste, garlic in a milky soup.
f. Bittergourd with Salted Egg (Foo Gua Chow Ham Dan): Thinly sliced gourd and covered with flaky salted egg drips is anything but bitter. Yummylicious.
There are actually way too many dishes to list down here, but if it’s your first time, I think you’d be happy with the recommendations above. Noodles dishes are great too. Also, do yourself a favour and order a small plate of roast pork to munch on while you wait. You won’t regret it. Prices are comparable with most dai chaos and the restaurant’s air conditioned too.
They also do a pretty good job with elaborated Chinese dishes too such as Buddha Jump Over the Wall etc. But one has got to call in to pre-order it.
As mentioned above, they have seasonal offerings as well. Come Chinese New Year, one can expect one of the healthiest and tastiest Yee Sang (raw fish salad) here. You’d love it if you’re not a fan of the junk that goes into this celebratory dish or pouring an entire bowl of oil and plum sauce into the mix. Here, they use minimal crispies and concentrate more on fresh ingredients. They also prefer to pour in just a little sauce and let the natural juices of the fruits and vegetables do their job at sweetening the dish.
*lightbulb moment* Let’s come here for a CNY gathering!
RESTAURANT YOOK THO YIN
No. 13 , Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama (Uptown),
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 603-7729 6534
Note: The restaurant is a couple of shoplots away from Village Park.