The roti babi, or pork sandwich, is Malaysia’s answer to the classic Italian porchetta sandwich. Naturally, any type of pork sandwich reminds me of my roots, so as soon as I read about Yut Kee coffee house, one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldestkopitiams (traditional coffee shops) I knew I had to meet this tasty little guy. My roti babi didn’t disappoint. The bread, fluffy and generously buttered, is seared in a hot pan to give it a golden-brown, slightly crispy texture. The sandwich arrives at your table stuffed full of slow-roasted pork, caramelized onions and thick rounds of Chinese sausage, accompanied by shreds of lettuce and slices of tomato and cucumber. Along with a cup of strong iced coffee, the beans of which are roasted in-house, the entire meal will set you back less than $3 USD.
An old radio and a vintage GE fan fill a windowsill at Yut Kee, a reminder of its past
As for the coffee house itself, it’s a great throwback to what I imagine “old” Kuala Lumpur must have been like. The place has been around for more than 85 years, and in every corner are hints of another era.
Diners at Yut Kee clamor for roti babi, fried rice, and a heavenly pork chop
Yut Kee Coffee House | 35 Jalan Dang Wangi | Kuala Lumpur
Open 7 days a week, 8AM-5PM