I get to know about You Kee XO Restaurant (有记XO烧腊之家) when I went on a Johor Bahru Food Trail with Johor Kaki and Miss Tam Chiak back in December 2013. Back then we went to their outlet at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah. As we were on a food trail, there was still many stops to go so we only stop by to have their tonic soup. Today I am back at You Kee XO Restaurant latest outlet at KSL City.
A signature at You Kee XO Restaurant is the two giant size earthen urns outside the restaurant used to boil the Tonic Soup (RM$18.60/$34.80). They are the first in Johor Bahru to introduce this method in 2004 to boil the soup under constant charcoal fire for a good 15 to 18 hours. Everyday there is 1 to 2 different types of soup on the menu.
Boiled Soup 4.5/5
As you can see the soup is packed with different types of herbs and the long hours of boiling under constant heat from the charcoal fire has extracted the essence of the ingredients. The comforting and nutritious soup is the ideal tonic for the human body just as per the restaurant's slogan, 男人的加油站， 女人的美容院.
Roasted Meat Platter 4/5
What brought You Kee XO Restaurant to popularity is their roasted meat. Since we have made all the way across the shore, might as well have the platter of their roasted meats that consists of Crystal BBQ Pork Belly Char Siu, Crispy Roasted Goose, Roasted Pig, XO Roasted Duck, Roasted Chicken and Roasted Pork Belly. My favourite among them is the Crystal BBQ Pork Belly Char Siu with the glittering exterior sweetness and the crystal fat meat. This is a must try. You hardly get this standard in Singapore. Noteworthy is also their Roasted Pork Belly and XO Roasted Duck.
For those that do not want a heavy meal. you can also go for the one dish meal that comes with a choice of roasted meat to go with the rice or noodle. As we already had the roasted meat platter, we just had the noodle alone to try. The highlight is the dark sauce that coats the springy noodles, holding the dish together for a slurping good time.
Steamed Fish Tail with Green Ginger Paste 4.5/5
Besides the boiled soup and roasted meats, You Kee also offers some cooked dishes on the menu. The Steamed Fish with Green Ginger Paste (RM$40.60) is a delectable choice to complete a satisfying meal. The fish tail is cooked perfect to an enjoyment moist texture. The special green ginger paste together with the soy sauce complements the fish meat excellently.
Volcano Beancurd 3.8/5
The Volcano Beancurd (RM$11.60) is served in a hotpot with sizzling sauce. The homemade beancurd is smooth and silky with additional textures from the greens and pork floss. The weak link was the soy sauce which was on the salty side.
With the new outlet at KSL City, You Kee has made it even more accessible for Singaporean like us that periodically go over to Johor Bahru for grocery shopping or weekend break. Do drop by to check out the restaurant when you are at KSL City.
You Kee XO Restaurant (有记XO烧腊之家)
33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad,
80250 Johor Bahru,