There are many chu char stalls in Bukit Mertajam and one such shop that serves simple and robust Teochew food is Yoong Kee Eating Shop. This shop is among one of the oldest Teochew restaurants around town. Located in Jalan Pasar (Market Street), the restaurant has been operating for over 60 years.
In this chu char stall their signature dish is the Teochew style steamed fish. It is a must have dish for the customers of Yoong Kee. This dish comes with choices of stingray and white promphet. We opted for the stingray. The gravy was excellent; sourish as the three chunks of fish was steamed with salted plums, salted vegetable, chili padi, ginger and tomatoes. Simply MO TUCK TENG!
Appetizing sourish gravy that keeps you eating and eating…
Curry spare rib – I feel that this dish lacks authenticity as it uses more of curry powder than spices. However, my son finds it a good compliment to the white rice.
Stir fried chives with Teochew tofu in soy sauce is also one of their signature dish. The tofu is deep fried with the outer rim slightly crispy and soft inside. It comes with a generous amount of squid and prawns. Most customers like it for its simplicity and taste. Must have dish!
Kau Choy Fah enhances this dish
Tofu before being deep fried
The kitchen is just beside the sitting area. Yoong Kee maintains the old school look with the old fashioned concrete stove. Their cooks were seen walking around wearing the Chinese clogs, making the click-clack sound.
Clothes peg used for numbering
The word ‘Eating Shop” is rarely seen nowadays
The lunch is very reasonable priced. At RM36, it comes with free cold desserts of Kuai Leng Koe (black jelly). They serve plenty more other dishes, and some can be seen at Steven Goh’s blog. Click here for the Map Location.
Yoong Kee Eating Shop
207 Cheok Sah Square
Tel : 04 5302296
Business Hour : 11am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm
GPS Coordinates : N5 2145.6 E100 2738.7