Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Old style Chinese dining @ Sek Yuen, Jalan Pudu, KL



Walk down memory lane when you dine at this establishment just off the busy main road in Pudu. Currently run by the third generation, this fifty year plus restaurant still draws in the crowds with their old style Chinese cooking. Peek into the kitchens at the back and you'll see that they still cook with charcoal like the olden days.



In their hey days, Sek Yuen was THE place for wedding dinners which made you the envy of the town. Now, old timers and people who want a taste of the good old days drop by to indulge in their dishes. They have two outlets side by side - a more modern air conditioned one versus the original one filled with rotating fans. It's very much a family business and you see everyone helping out at the restaurant in the front line or at the back.



A must have when you dine here is their Pei Pa Duck. The duck is dried in the hot sun before it's fried till crispy. I love their sauce that goes so well with the duck - it's not home made but a concoction they mix up themselves which tastes tangy and slightly sweet.



Another dish we had which I'm not putting a picture up is their Stuffed Pork Trotter. A friend of mine reckons the picture I took of it is too gross hence it's been banned at the moment. It may not have made it's pictorial debut here but I can still remember how delectable it was - soft meat stuffed with goodies like chinese mushrooms, chesnuts, lotus seeds and yam and topped with fatt choy moss. They serve it with vegetables and a divine sauce which makes you want to eat ten bowls of rice with it.

We also had their Chap Choy which is a mixture of vegetables, sweet bean curd slices, dry lily bulbs and mung bean noodles. This is fried with fermented bean curd to give it flavour.



Remember the ten bowls of rice you can consume here with the stuffed pork trotter? Well, another reason why it tastes great is because they serve steamed rice in metal bowls cooked over a slow charcoal fire. Steamed rice always taste nicer since it retains moisture and remains fluffy when you eat it.

For more food dishes and their other specialties, do click through the Other Reviews. I spied that they also make the Pat Poh Duck which I like a lot hence I think I should definitely revisit this place for that dish.

Sek Yuen
313 and 315, Jalan Pudu
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 9222 9457

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

i know this place! mom and dad used to come here alot during their courtship days! must bring my parents here again one day.... da "pei-pa" duck looks yummy!

Jackson said...

yeah....i knew this place and i remembered i been to this place before when i was a kidz. But can't really recall what r they selling. Thx for sharing and bring back my childhood memory.....

babe_kl said...

yeah their pei pa ngap is indeed a must order. do check them out during CNY as their yee sang is quite good too

Lannae said...

I love your visit to the "vintage" Chinese restaurant. Old sounds old, but "vintage" is valuable! I love your review of of Sek Yuen, as it reminds me of my old home town family owned Chinese Restaurant.

KampungboyCitygal said...

Im interested at teh stuffed pork trotter..'sounds' good without pictures :p

Anonymous said...

Do take note when you call for the bill. The cashier still uses the Chinese abacus! Notice the songs they play? Not from cassettes, CDs but from ..guess..

boo_licious said...

meiyen - wow, I guess this was the equivalent of a hip restaurant during those days.

jackson - go try once you're not so busy.

babe - thxs for the yee sang tip.

lannae - wow! sounds like you had great food all the time. Vintage is priceless - must cherish all this because they can dissapear quite fast.

kampungboycitygal - it's seriously yummy. If you see one of the other review, they have a pix of it but it's been slightly half eaten already.

tummythoz - yeah and the old man is the one who's the current person running the show. I know, they use LPs and the old gramophone to play their tunes. So sweet esp during their off times as they listen to music while working.

Anonymous said...

Omg! You make the stuffed pork trotters sound sooooo goooood. My friends and I drive past Sek Yuen so often on our way to the roast pork place in Pudu, and we ALWAYS say we'll be visiting Sek Yuen someday. Looks like that someday will come very soon. :-)

Anonymous said...

the duck still available for dinner? maybe will visit there next week, any idea they close on which day?

lipin said...

I hope you try their beef with kangkung! their beef is tender and chewwy...and they have the best yam puff I have ever consume..order in advance.

Anonymous said...

Wow, me & my family used to go there when often when I'm a kid. Haha, now that CNY is coming..err...in 2 months time, Sek Yuen's "Lou Sang" is worth a mention! I'm totally in love with their "Lou Sang" and also roasted duck.

Anonymous said...

um... boo...
Do u have any idea if their duck is available for take away? I wanted to ta bao their 8 pou ngap~

boo_licious said...

lyrical lemongrass - it's delicious since it's stuffed with yummy things.

tekko - we had it for lunch but why don't you phone them to doublecheck on the availabilty during dinnertime.

lipin - wow, that sounds good. Thxs for the tip.

cookies_cream - wow, really that good. Ever since Golden Phoenix changed chefs, yet to get any nice yee sang.

Sorry, can't see yr name since it's in chinese but I suggest you call ahead to check if you can ta pau.

Anonymous said...

my father's clinic is just up the road, so i grew up eating the food from this place, and reading this entry brought childhood memories flooding back. thanks! i must go and check it out again with dad when im back in kl next.

boo_licious said...

harmz - hope you get a chance to try it out when u're back in KL. Food is yummy.

Anonymous said...

waisikmiao:
boo.. i jst visited sek yuan this evening, the pei pa ngap is seriously good, i had the 8 bou ngap too... 2 thumbs up~~~

Anonymous said...

waisikmiao:
boo.. i jst visited sek yuan this evening, the pei pa ngap is seriously good, i had the 8 bou ngap too... 2 thumbs up~~~

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