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.