Sek Yuen is an interesting find in Kuala Lumpur and was recommended to me by the owner of Restoran Yut Kee. Sek Yuen prides itself on being one of the few oldest Chinese restaurants serving Kuala Lumpur foodies for over 75 years. The restaurant specializes in serving crispy skin duck cooked over a wood-fired stove in a traditional Chinese style.
Sek Yuen - Oldest Kuala Lumpur Restaurant
There are two halls of the restaurant located right next to each other. The new section is an air-conditioned and modern restaurant catering to the uptown crowd. The original structure is open sitting lunch and dining area is the original version of the restaurant.
Address: 315, Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays (11 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 10 PM); closed on Mondays
Contact: 03-9222 0903
The presentation is very simple, the staff is very professional and seem to have been doing the job for ages. Everything comes normally to them. Staff is quick on recommending and the food is served in no time. The wall is adorned with black and white pictures from the bygone era. An abacus resting on the counter reminds me of the history of the place pre-calculator.
I ordered the crispy-skinned duck, braised lamb and vegetables. The food tasted great and the chef seems to have mastered the art of perfecting the dishes through years of cooking.
Pork dishes seem to dominate the menu. I ordered homemade fish balls served in sauces. I highly recommend this location for food lovers in Kuala Lumpur.
Other places to eat in Pudu Kuala Lumpur
Pudu is an interesting place to explore local restaurants serving a wide range of Malay Chinese dishes. The area is very commercialized and most of these restaurants services the affluent business community. The quality of the food is amazing. Here are some restaurants I explored along the way. Some restaurants have over 30-40 dishes and you will be charged based on the number of servings.
The food includes vegetables, egg dishes, meat dishes and desserts as well. The average meal costs under RM 10.
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