Technically, the tiny town of Karak is not in KL, but a good 40 miles north-east of the capital city, deep in the tropical rainforests of Pahang.
Karak's most famous eatery - Yik Kei Restaurant opened on 1st January 1960 on the Main Road (Jalan Besar) of the little town, and has been going strong ever since. Today, it's run by the 2nd-generation of the Cantonese family that founded it.
What we had for lunch today:
- Cantonese-style "Sang Har Mein" (braised noodles with freshwater prawns). Incredibly delicious here: the egg noodles ("sang mein") used were first toasted on a dry wok with a bit of oil till crisp & fragrant, before being blanketed by braised freshwater prawns with a subtle eggy, gingery flavor, ever so lightly scented with Shaoxing wine. Best noodle dish ever!
- Cantonese-style steamed glutinous rice dumpling, filled with roast duck, dried shrimp, chestnut, Shiitake mushrooms & other goodies. Served drizzled with home-made dark soysauce.
- Cantonese-style roast duck, which were perfect: crisp skin encasing moist, tasty meat.
- Yik Kei's range of pastries: baked "cha-siu bao", "cha-siu" buns, and their famous "Durian Bombs" - durian pulp encased in crisp pastry shell.
The noodles alone were definitely worth the 1 hour drive from KL.
Yik Kei Restaurant
29 Jalan Besar
Tel: +609-231 1240