Famous Hon Kee Porridge @ Petaling Street

I am not a big fan of porridge. Really. I have always considered porridge boring, tasteless and something which I’d only eat when I am sick. Some sort of a food therapy for the unwell. But, a porridge stall off Petaling Street managed to change my perception towards porridge, which is Famous Hon Kee Porridge 汉记靓粥. It has been around for decades and had garnered good reviews from food bloggers in the past. Now, it includes me.

minced pork porridge

I had a bowl of minced meat porridge with century egg, which is also known as ‘Pei Dan Sau Yuk Zhuk’ in Cantonese. The ginger adds a touch of spice while the chives add some sweetness and pleasantness to the porridge. And of course, you can’t go wrong enjoying porridge with yau zhar guai. Simply one of the best combinations!

century egg minced pork porridge

For me, a good bowl of porridge must have the gluey and thick texture. It must not be too watery and the rice must be neither too soft nor hard. It’s obvious Hon Kee has managed to perfect the way of cooking porridge, just from the looks of it. The flavor packed minced meat is made from pork and moulded into round shapes, to liven up the dish.

fish porridge

For Sang Yu Zhuk (raw fish porridge), the raw fish slices come in a separate plate topped with parsley. As soon as they are added into the hot porridge, they are cooked instantly. This is brilliant as cooking a big pot of fish porridge would cause the fish meat to overcook and crumble. And by adding them fresh you get the best flavor too. Although both taste great, the fish porridge is the nicer one.

hon kee famous porridge

The easiest way to find Hon Kee is to look for Hong Leong Bank in [tag]Petaling Street[/tag]. [tag]Hon Kee[/tag] is directly opposite the bank. Come early! Or end up standing at the side waiting for seats. If you happen to take a bus from Pudu bus station in the morning, do try the [tag]porridge[/tag] here for breakfast. Highly recommended.

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18 Responses

  1. PenangTuaPui says:

    I am big fan for porridge and have “Eiu Char Koay” with them…

    Your photo looks great, hmm I think I willl have less headache on the food shooting in Penang for the coming book.

    Are you able to drop me an email for a contact? Thanks…

    I am Huat Koay.

    PenangTuaPui’s last blog post..Restaurant: Tao Cuisine – Japanese Buffet

  2. cumi&ciki says:

    we love this place too.. oh yes we do ;) nice photos!

  3. I love Sang Yu Zhuk!!!! My favourite…. But hardly can find good Sang Yu Zhuk in Penang hor?

    New Kid On The Blog’s last blog post..Chicago Rib House (revisit)

  4. Jenifer says:

    Those photos make me hungry :) … Hope to find something like that in my place.

    vk: Hi jenifer, I am sure you could find congee/porridge easily in your place. You can even cook it yourself :) BTW, I am very sorry I accidentally deleted 3 of your comments.. they landed in my akismet spams and I hit the “delete all” button..

  5. jason says:

    I like the texture of the porridge too… not too grainy, but smooth and not watery. Next time, try it with some fried intestines.

    jason’s last blog post..Conquered By Korean Barbeque

  6. Genie says:

    Goodness those look good. I adore rice porridge but no one else in my house does. That’s fine, it means more for me! I like putting pork mince and fresh scallions. Total comfort food and I like a quick bowl for breakfast. I haven’t done that for a long time though.

  7. ys_nocturne says:

    I love the fish porridge the most.. Not only that it tastes good, the price is reasonable.. :) It surely is a better idea to start off your day with a good bowl of porridge.. It is a MUST TRY item!

  8. YJ says:

    Haha, i had a chance to try it last week when i travel to KL. I arrive Pudu at 6.30am and direct go and try the porridge at 汉记靓粥. My Bf and I order a bowl of minced meat porridge with century egg皮蛋豬肉丸粥and 2 cups of 涼茶, total RM7.50. I feel quite worth as I get a bowl of 豬肉丸粥at alor star (my hometown) already RM4.00 and which i eat at Alor Star is smaller than I ate at 汉记. The 豬肉丸 really taste good, and I will go there again when I travel to KL.

    p/s: Last year I had try a stall of porridge near 汉记, if not mistaken is opposite 我來也肉乾. The porridge taste good too and just cost RM1.20 per bowl. A lot of ingredients in it, like dry oyster, peanuts…..Besides porridge, the stall also provide fried mee and so on….. I recommend that stall too, if you don’t wish to spend much for your breakfast…hehe

  9. *Drooling*
    Ehh but the fish porridge with raw fish ar O.O?
    Never try something like that before..

    jian aka miao’s last blog post..SunMiaoKong: Jealousy Kills

  10. J2Kfm says:

    yeah, the porridge got my seal of approval!
    this, coming from a non-porridge fan has gotta mean something, rite? :)

    J2Kfm’s last blog post..Sin Eng Heong’s Famous Kaya Puff, Ipoh

  11. Su says:

    I didnt know this stall became so “famous” already. :D Their stall used to be so small and crampy. :) Thanks for the updates.

  12. RollsRoyce says:

    From the pic, it already shows the delicious-ness of the porridge. Hope to eat it someday. :3 Chicken Porridge etc is my fav

    vk: You will love it! This is the only porridge I can say I like!

  13. rhia says:

    their 猪杂粥 is the best stuff !

  14. Sarah says:

    yes, the porridge is tasty, but it leave me very thirsty afterwards. Can’t abide too much msg.

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