A few metres in on Soi 15 from the major traffic artery of Bangkok - Sukhumvit Road - one will find this long-established Chinese restaurant.
I have eaten at Yong Lee frequently over the years when my body could take no more Thai food and it cried out for the soothing delights of Cantonese cuisine.
The restaurant is small, unpretentious, almost rustic.
From the cramped area of the kitchen, all of the world famous Cantonese dishes come out to the diner on plain oval plates, with equally plain bowls and a set of wooden chopsticks.
Over the years I think I have just about eaten my way through most of the menu and on a recent visitation to Yong Lee we enjoyed Yong Lee Prawns with Bok Choi with the crustaceans and the vegetables swimming in a piquant sauce of soy, chilli and oyster sauce.
Cantonese beef with onions and choy sum came on a sizzling platter accompanied by a rich sauce that consisted of once again soy, Chinese rice wine and a hint of chilli sauce.
These two main courses were served with steamed jasmine rice.
Preceding the main courses was a combined dish of spring rolls and won tons for Her and a beautiful pork dumpling soup for me, with the several tender dumplings swimming in a clear chicken broth with some very finely chopped spring onions floating on the top.
This for me was the highlight of the early dinner we enjoyed that evening at Yong Lee.
To quench our thirst was a very large glass of orange juice for Her and two bottles of Heineken for me.
We sat at the front of the little restaurant watching the world go by in Sukhumvit Road and Soi 15 whilst at the same time the sun was setting on another day in Bangkok and in so doing, the buildings appeared in an almost purple hue.
It was a particularly pleasant end to another long and hot day in Bangers and it could not have ended any better than by partaking of the beautifully cooked and presented dishes at Yong Lee.
The value at this little eatery is hard to beat.
The Yong Lee Prawns with Bok Choi came in at 120 baht, the Cantonese Beef at 130, the combination dish of spring rolls and won tons was 100 baht, and the lovely dumpling soup a mere bargain at 60 baht.
The orange juice was 60 baht and the Heineken was 110 for each bottle. In total the tab came to 690 baht which at the time equated to around $AUD21.
Not only was the bill cheap, but the food as always was delicious and the service swift with a smile.
VERDICT: If you are looking for a break from Thai food and you are in the Sukhumvit area, you won't go far wrong by paying a visit to Yong Lee - and it won't break the budget either.
The Roast Duck of this over 5 decades old open air restaurant YONG LEE , corner Sukhumvit Soi 15 is very famous for many generation of Bangkok citizen now also popular by the tourists.
Favorite Dish: Roast Duck on rice,
Bamee (egg noodle) with roast duck,
and more ..
Yong Lee is a tiny great chinese restaurant along Sukhumvit Road. It's a very simple eaterie, but a good one (it's recommended by le guide routard, and those frenchies never go wrong on food): expect to pay about 100 baht for dinner. Duck is their speciality.
Favorite Dish: duck obviously! what else?