Monday, 6 May 2019

Y E Traditional Dumplings (Bak Chang) @ Pandan Jaya

No trip to Y E Traditional Dumplings @ Pandan Jaya is complete without trying their rice dumplings, a signature item of theirs.  Would you think I would have left without trying one on my first visit here?  Of course not! ;)

Plus no review of the place is complete without dedicating a post (and a review) on their glutinous rice dumplings.  After all, they're a specialist in rice dumplings from the name itself.

Before that, let me tell you they have many types for your selection...from the cheapest Crystal Chang (you know, those you eat with sugar or kaya, RM5.80) to the most expensive, the gigantic 2kg Multi-Flavour Abalone King Bak Chang (RM410) that can feed 8 persons (of course, advance booking is required for this chang).  I'm not even sure if it's still offered or if there'd be any takers for this chang.  Would there be anyone who'd be willing to pay so much for just a chang? O_o

More likely to be ordered would be the Golden Chang (RM12.50), Cantonese Chang (RM8.50), Roast Pork & Vegetable Chang (RM8.50), Nyonya Chang (RM5.80), Sweet Heart Chang of red bean paste (RM3), Hakka Chang (RM10), Bamboo Leaf Chicken Chang (RM8.80), Sambal Dried Shrimp Chang (RM7.50) and a healthier version of Brown Rice Chang (RM9.50).

I was too stuffed on my first visit to eat anything else but I wasn't going to leave without having my favourite chang, the Cantonese Chang @ RM8.50 (so I packed one for later).  I was pleased to see it tied with hemp strings, a better alternative to raffia strings for sure.

I absolutely loved this Cantonese chang because it doesn't use soy sauce in the rice (besides the rice being not fried) which allows me to taste the glutinous rice grains in its pure form.  On unwrapping the chung, I could see a bit of the rice stuck to the bamboo leaves which I didn't mind at all as that would mean the chung is less oily.

This rice dumpling was filled the usual culprits of fatty pork, mushroom, salted egg yolk, chestnut and green or mung beans.  Even though the mung beans were not mashed, they were cooked till very soft and the tasty fatty pork were evenly cut into uniformed cubes.  If there was one thing they could improve, it'd be for the salted egg yolk to be of a better quality.

But they got the overall flavour of the dumpling right...and that's the most important criteria of all. This chung was utterly delicious and one I would return again for. ^o^  Now I know where to get a good chung (near me) if I need one...only downside is the price which is higher than the norm.

With the first chung ticking all the right boxes, I knew it would be a matter of time before I returned to get my hands on more.  But before I did, my spouse came back one day with more...even better.

He bought two types this round, a few Hakka Chang and a few Brown Rice Chang.  I had one of each. The Hakka Chang @ RM10 is sufficient as a meal in itself because of its portion size.

The glutinous rice of the Hakka Chang is brownish in colour as the glutinous is pre-fried with soy (similar to a lor mai kai).  The rice was cooked till wonderfully soft, just like the Cantonese Chang.

This one was filled with dried prawns and peanuts besides the usual ingredients of pork, mushroom, salted egg yolk and chestnut (as advertised but, no, I couldn't find any chestnut).  I actually mistook the round blob (at the top left corner) to be the chestnut but that turned out to be the salted egg yolk.  Again, the salted egg yolk wasn't the best quality. :'(

I'm actually not a fan of dried prawns and peanuts in a chung, especially dried prawns which can leave a strong taste in the chung, luckily this one had only a small amount of dried prawns.  The peanuts, I'm more acceptable but I felt they could be cooked softer.  I'm not sure if dried prawns and peanuts are typical ingredients in a Hakka Chang as some of the ones I've eaten before don't have them.

The other was the Brown Rice Chang @ RM9.50 which I've never had before.  I've always wondered how a brown rice chang without the stickiness of glutinous rice would be able to hold together.  That's when I realised it's not solely made with brown rice alone but together with glutinous rice.  So, it's a healthier chang but not entirely so as you still need the sticky glutinous rice to act as the 'glue' to bind it together.  Now I know...a brown rice chang isn't all brown rice! >_<

Visually, it looks lovely with the brown rice interspersed with the white glutinous rice.  But then the rice dumpling tends to fall apart as soon you open up the bamboo leaves and that's because of the lesser amount of sticky rice used to hold it together.

This chang is made with organic brown rice with the usual ingredients of pork (that's leaner than usual), mushroom, salted egg yolk and chestnut but I found a not-so-usual ingredient of lotus seed in it too.  Again, the salted egg yolk was a big letdown due to its inferior quality.  In fact, this egg yolk was the worse of the three I ate.

Taste-wise, it's edible but let's not kid's never going to be as delicious as one with 100% sticky rice (that's why I've never attempted to buy one knowing the possible outcome...haha!).  Eat this only if your health does not permit you to eat glutinous rice! ;P

The Cantonese chung still remains firmly my top favourite.  This is a place to get your rice dumplings supply if you don't mind the higher prices.  Actually, the prices aren't very far off as the Cantonese chung I get from O & S Restaurant in PJ costs RM6.50 already in 2019.

My Personal Opinion

Before this, I have two places to get my stash of chung, one from the Pandan Perdana market that's near me (but you can't get it all year round) and the other from a stall inside O & S Restaurant (you can get this all year round).  And now, I can add this place as a third (plus you can get this all year round) though their prices are the steepest of the three.  

Taste-wise, they nailed the overall flavours of the dumpling except for the less-than-stellar quality of the salted egg yolks (the ones from O & S are of a better quality for sure).  The best ones (at their freshest) should be bright orange in colour, slightly oily around the edges of the yolk, not hard when you bite into them and taste absolutely creamy.

So, if the quality of the salted egg yolks or the price of the bak chang isn't an issue for you (and this place is nearer you), then you'll probably be pleased with the flavours of the dumplings here.  Personally, if I don't happen to be in the PJ vicinity or don't wish to travel all the way to PJ just for the bak chang, then the ones here will be an option for me, otherwise the ones from O & S will still be my perennial favourite for its better price and better quality salted egg yolks.

Well, the Dragon Boat Festival, which I would much prefer to call the Rice Dumpling Festival (for obvious reasons), will be upon us it's a good time as any to indulge in some good chung! ^.^

Y E Traditional Dumplings
24 Jalan Pandan 3/9
Pandan Jaya
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9284 5325


  1. Oh my, I love to eat Chung and I can eat 2 Chungs at one go :P

    1. I think I can eat 2 chungs too at one go but better not coz glutinous rice can be a little difficult to digest...hehe! ;)

  2. perfect timing for this post with the dragon boat festival being exactly one month away! :D i want a customisable chang with extra chestnuts, double salted egg yolks, and much less mushrooms and dried shrimp :)

    1. Ha, I'm sure your grandmother would have made these customised chung(s), at one time or another, for his favourite grandson! *wink wink*

  3. many types of chang to enjoy! Luckily I live far away or else I will not be able to resist hee..hee... I love chang too. Over at my area, once in a blue moon there will be an auntie or uncle who sets up stall outside Public Bank. But during those rare times when they were there, I was in a hurry running errands :( Well, you have ignited my craving for chang (naughty you!) and if I see any soon, I will grab! hee..hee...

    1. Go on, satisfy your craving...get some from Paramount Garden which isn't too far off for you (get your brother to send you there). You can buy a few at one go and the best thing is it can last for many days in the fridge (can slowly eat...hahaha)! ;D

  4. Yesss, I used to tapao the O&S one to go to work!

  5. Wow! The menu from Y E Traditional Dumplings is so attractive! My wife loves to eat them with sugar like Kampar style but I prefer spicy sambal belacan added.

    You always posted something that would excite me and this bak chang topic will surely dance around my head for days! I have bookmarked this place and no distance is a problem for me when I hear that they are specialist in rice dumplings!

    To me, it is an Art of making good quality bak chang after seeing how my wife made them every year with all her superstitions thrown in that I must stay away from her kitchen! Adoi!

    1. Ah, homemade is the best! ;) Better still when you get chased out of the need to help. :D I see you're one who would travel far and wide for good food...good for you. I don't think I've eaten a chung with spicy sambal belacan.

  6. Ooh, they do look good. Have to admit I am a bit of a carb addict.


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