Yu Lin Restaurant is a new Chinese restaurant I visited during the last Chinese New Year with my family. It currently occupies the same building in which another old and established restaurant used to operate in Kampung Baru – Mei Xiang Way.
Although Yu Lin is new, it has already received good recommendations for the good and cheap Chinese dishes. One of them being my close friend and another my family members themselves who have been there before this.
While browsing through Yu Lin’s menu, we noticed a unique dish called Claypot Duck with Yam @ RM15. Generous portions of duck meat and chunks of yam were the main ingredients, as the name suggested.
If you have a perception that duck meat is tough and tastes gamey, this dish would change your mind. I wasn’t too thrilled with the taste because I am not a yam fan, but my parents loved it a lot.
Surprised by the cheap price of RM9 for Fried Shark’s Fin with Egg, we simply had to order this because all of us loved this since young. It tasted great and for the amount of ingredients like mushroom and shark’s fin used, RM9 is a steal!
Oiliness is one of the shortcomings I noticed in this dish prepared by other restaurants. But Yu Lin certainly did a good job in controlling the amount of oil used, which was very evident from the photo itself.
Next was a personal favorite of my sister, Salad Prawns @ RM21. There are generally two versions of salad prawns, either steamed or fried. The former usually consists of steamed de-shelled prawns and served with honeydew, while the latter is deep fried to a crisp with the shells still intact.
The prawns were fresh from the sea and had a succulent, sweet tasting flesh. Simply an enjoyable dish, nothing to be complained about.
Kam Heong style is one of my favorite methods of cooking seafood, especially if cooked with lala clams. Since clams were not available that day, we had Kam Heong Squids @ RM12 instead.
This dish reminded me of a wonderful curry squid I had once in Penang, where the squids were also deep fried first to a really crispy, crunchy texture. After this, the squids would be transferred to another wok to be fried with Kam Heong sauce. The fragrance and spiciness of this dish is bound to whet your appetite, best if taken with white rice.
We also tried Yu Lin’s Signature Seafood Tofu (beancurd), costing only RM12 for a huge portion like this. Crispy on the outside but soft and warm inside, it was even nicer if dipped in Thai chili sauce.
Because all the food was great, we proceeded to order another two dishes – Stir Fried Chicken with Curry Powder @ RM8 and Fish Meat Yin Yong @ RM7. The curry chicken was a slight disappointment for the saltiness, but at least the chicken meat was tender. I guess this dish was not meant to be eaten on its own but with white rice as well to even out the flavor.
This gotta be one of the nicest Yin Yong Kung Fu Chow (Cantonese style) I ever had. It packed enough ‘Wok Hei’ and the egg broth was simply delicious. But the specialty remains that fresh fish slices and prawns were used instead of pork.
Overall, a very happy and satisfied meal. Very recommended for those looking for good and reasonable priced Chinese restaurants in BM.Restoran Yu Lin
No. 2836 & 2837,
Jalan Kampung Baru,
14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
GPS Coordinates: N5 21.017 E100 28.404
Located opposite Dim Sum City along Jalan Kampung Baru, a few shops away from Ah Nam’s Claypot Frog Porridge.