Steamed Sang Yu (Snakehead) @ Yap Yin Bak Kut Teh, Seri Kembangan

When I was still working at KL, one of the restaurants I had always wanted to try was Yap Yin Bak Kut Teh at Seri Kembangan. Besides being near to where I stayed, Yap Yin’s famous Steamed Sang Yu (Snakehead) also stirred up my curiosity, well mainly because I never had any steamed Snakehead before. And I heard it was really good too!
But before I continue further, I just want to apologize to my makan buddies for bringing them here. You guys know who you are if you’re reading this. Anyway I am saying that because the food we had that night was pretty average with only one or two dishes really stood out. And personally I was quite disappointed with the Steamed Snakehead. It didn’t quite lived up to its reputation.


Steamed Sang Yu @ RM36. The only great thing about this dish was the fish’s freshness. It was still alive before being cooked, and you can see them still alive swimming around in the aquariums at the restaurant. The Snakehead’s flesh was nicely sliced into bite pieces that can be easily picked up using a chopstick, hence making it a lot easier and less messier to enjoy. But still, you need to lookout for the tiny bones that may still be present in each slice of meat.
The problem we had with the dish was its flavor. Although the main ingredient was top notch, it was just bland tasting as if the seasoning was not sufficient. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the Steamed Snakehead was bad.. just that I expected a lot better, especially after getting so many recommendations and reading so many good reviews about it.


Frog Legs stir-fried with Dried Chili @ RM18. This dish got thumbs up from everyone, simply delicious.


Claypot Yam and Chicken @ RM20 was a recommendation from the captain, said to be Yap Yin’s signature dish so we took it. Although not visually appealing, it was pretty good. I just wished that they were less liberal with the salt and more generous with the chicken’s portion.


Crispy Skin Tofu @ RM12, you won’t go wrong with this hardy dish. Besides the dishes shown above, we also had a claypot of Bak Kut Teh simply because.. well we were in a Bak Kut Teh restaurant. And it would be weird if we didn’t try it lol. If you are not used to sweet and peppery Bak Kut Teh aka the southern style of Bak Kut Teh in Johor and Singapore, Yap Yin’s Bak Kut Teh is not really recommended. Unless for the sake of trying.
Well even though the Steamed Snakehead didn’t quite impress me as much as I had expected, I am still willing to give it another try. Steaming aside, there is another cooking style for the Snakehead at Yap Yin, where you dip the raw slices of Sang Yu into a pot of hot porridge like steamboat. Looks interesting and I would definitely return to try that instead.

Yap Yin Bak Kut Teh Restaurant (叶仁茶餐食新山肉骨茶)
No. 1231, Jalan Sekolah,
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

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  1. Uncle Lee

    Hello, please forgive me as not sure how to address you, as unable to find anywhere you a lady or a gentleman. Or your name anywhere.

    Anyway, that snakehead dish does look nice, though I love fishing will take a pass on fresh water fishes.
    Infact only last week I was looking for pictures of Snakehead dishes, unable to find any…
    Can see you live to eat, ha ha, I eat to live.
    Interesting food dishes you have here too.
    Have a pleasant week, best regards, Lee.

  2. skol

    Long time no drop comment d, had been silent reader for quite awhile. Anyway, finally something near Cyberjaya again (guess thats what made me to comment again), southern style BKT, you didn’t mention price for it though, does it serves like Yap Beng? Dry/Soup?

    Interested in the Claypot Yam and Chicken, feels rather special, as for the steamed fish, not really into fishes, dislike bones, unless those high class restaurant when got dinner la. Wanna try the frog leg too, but GF sure scream.. Haha

    Thanks for recommendation.

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      good question. actually you can see me if you add me in facebook. the reason I don’t post pics of myself is mainly because this is a food blog, not a personal blog :)

  3. taufulou

    i thought its another good place you going to recommend till i read your first sentence then ahhh..
    can just forget about it..
    look nice though but after your comment can just forget about it~

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  4. Sharkteef@MFM

    nais piktarssssssssssssss

    @Anything La, u the man ! lets see your food blog or reviews then. please impress us with your superiority la i beg of youuuuuuuuuuuu. bring us to the lightttttttttttttttt !

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