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June 18, 2011

Restaurant started 90 years ago specialises in authentic Hainanese and western fare

Taste Buds
By FOONG THIM LENG
metroperak@thestar.com.my

RESTAURANT Yut Sun in Jalan Pasar, Taiping, is perhaps one of the oldest and remaining authentic Hainanese eatery that is still in business today despite the competition from modern cafe franchises.

Tucked right in the heart of the old tin mining town, this restaurant still retains the old charm of the colonial era as far as the local residents are concerned.

 Roti Sayur - Yut Sun restaurant's signature creation
Unique: Roti sayur is the restaurant’s signature creation. 

Yut Sun serves two different sets of crowds every day – one in the morning and the other at lunch.

In the morning, people who walk into this restaurant would order their coffee with simple toast and poached eggs.

But come lunch, the customers can choose from an array of western dishes and Chinese cuisine prepared in the traditional Hainanese style.

The menus include chicken chop, beefsteak, fish & chips, fried rice with chicken, beef or fish and noodles.

The Hainanese style chicken chop — a boneless chicken fillet coated with homemade batter, deep-fried and served with brown sauce with peas and sautéed potatoes — is a must try dish here.

Operated out of a two-storey pre-war building at No 78 and 80 in Jalan Pasar, this restaurant is owned by Chin Bee Soon.

Cakes & Rolls - Yut Sun restaurant, Jalan Pasar Taiping
Must try: The restaurant’s famous delicious cakes and rolls. 

It was started by his father 90 years ago.

Now at 81, Chin, who has been in this business all his adult life, now runs the outlet with his son and granddaughter.

He used to operate this eatery with his three brothers, two of whom had died and the third one retired recently.

Yut Sun, which was popular among the European planters and service men in the olden days still have the same old appeal and status it used to enjoy.

It is still popular among the locals.

For those who had left Taiping, their return visit to this little town would not be complete if they did not visit Yut Sun.

Aside from the highly recommended chicken chop, this restaurant is also popular for its butter cakes, rolls and egg tarts.

The other must try dish here is the Yut Sun’s roti sayur.

This quick and fast dish comprises a thick piece of toast served with sautéed green peas, shredded cabbage, finely-chopped carrots, slivers of chicken meat topped with a fried egg with runny yolk.

The restaurant opens from 8am until 7pm every day except on Sunday.