Monday, July 12, 2010

Hon Kee Restaurant @ Jalan SS21/1A Damansara Utama PJ

Who's familiar with Petaling Street area? I mean... someone who knows every crook and cranny of this area? I'm not one of them (obviously!). But Jenn used to read law for a few years here in ATC, which is located within walking distance to Petaling Street. Naturally, she knows more on where to eat delicious food here compared to me.. who never appreciate good food until I dated her! So I have to thank her (hope you read this dear!)

Whenever she had class early in the morning, she would come earlier to savour a bowl of piping hot porridge together with a plate of sang yue (raw fish slices)... that was what she told me. I didn't even know on their existence until Honkee Porridge opened their stall in Hutong Food Court @ Lot10 and then in Damansara Utama or simply known as Uptown among PJ-ites! Now I don't have to drive all the way downtown just to have this delicacy :)

So one early (I mean very early.. like 7++am) weekend morning, I arrived in front of their Uptown outlet. Parking was a breeze unlike weekdays where you would have a hard time finding a spot.

And already there were morning crowds enjoying their porridge while reading newspapers!

Their signature dish is Porridge with Raw Fish Slices @ RM5.50. With this price, you would get a rather big bowl of porridge and a plate of "wan yue" slices which was doused in the aromatic sesame oil. Texture-wise the porridge was very smooth and aromatic due to the sesame oil and spring onions. The key is to eat the porridge while it's still hot! Simply dip in the fish slices into the hot porridge for a while and it's good to eat. Normally I am not a fan of porridge, as I have a perception that porridge is only reserved to sick people. I was wrong & my perception was changed forever :)


Chee cheong fun with pork curry @ RM4.90 - the curry gravy was packed with flavour. However, I thought that the pork as it was not proportionate with the amount of chee cheong fun.

Century egg @ RM1.50 - Jenn just love century eggs! it went very well with the porridge.

You Tiao or fried fritters @ RM1 each - If you are early enough, you would see them bringing in fresh you tiao in when you arrive here. Crispy & non-oily, this was my favourite stuff to dip into the porridge.

Leo's verdict - Honkee has been in business since 1949! Now the sons took over and expanded the business. If you see a blue Subaru Impreza parked outside, that means he's in the shop! Boy do they know how to promote their shop by adding a Facebook page (by the way, I am a fan on their facebook page). And they have done a very good job! Now Honkee Porridge is available in Hutong Lot10, Damansara Utama, Bandar Puteri Puchong and the latest outlet in Taipan USJ! Strategic location with good population catchment and we don't have to drive all the way down to Petaling Street just to savour the famous porridge. Service was good and what I like best about this place is that they open very early for business (suits me as I wake up around 7++am). My only grouse is that the drink is below par... they should really improve the standard of their tea & coffee!

20 comments:

Sean said...

ahhh, i wanted to try the pork chee cheong fan at their hutong branch, but they seemed to have stopped selling it there. guess i'll have to drive to taipan for it someday :D
i still can't figure out whether i prefer to cook the fish in the porridge or eat it sashimi-style though...

J said...

Oooh. Pork CCF! :D
Looks good....
(Haha... I will always choose pork over fish. Even though the fish porridge is the specialty there)

qwazymonkey said...

Just had that couple days ago. Can't go too long without a visit here. So close to my office summore

reanaclaire said...

hongkee.. i must remember that next time i go SS1...

eiling lim said...

I've got a bad experience with hon kee when at Petaling Street. I found wire in my porridge! you know those wire mesh that is used to clean the pots!?!

Paranoid Android said...

Hmmm. Porridgw is also not my cup of tea too. Glad to have met you (finally) and put a face to the name!

Cheers!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yeah the new age generation really know how to expand the business hor!

vialentino said...

their porridge looks good and tasty....me hardly take porridge...and is very expensive to eat porridge nowadays ...

but anythings goes with the yau char kwai, will go for it...

babe_kl said...

i still go to their stall in chinatown for breakie! nice but like vialentino says they're getting expensive

thule a.k.a leo said...

Sean - whatever that suits your taste bud buddy :)

J - rope in a few friends and order different stuff.. taht way, you can eat most of the things on offer there!

qwazymonkey - comfort food to warm your tummy bro?

reanclaire - not SS1.. SS21 :P

eiling - luckily you didn't tertelan the wire!

PA - My wife laughed at me after that because you didn't recognise my face (who happened to be right in front of you) and asked "where's thule?"

Joe - agree bro!!

violentino - but I thought the price is right for KL or even PJ standard :) try it, you might just fall in love with it!

babe_kl - ah! if only I can drive that far down to Petaling St to taste the original stall :)

m i c h e L L e 晓婷 said...

me and eugene used to share a bowl of raw fish with you tiao back when we were having classes at KL too. those were the days..
it makes me craving for it now :)

thule a.k.a leo said...

michelle - how romantic :) relive those days.. ask him out for brekkie on weekends!

[SK] said...

i tried their outlet in Lot 10 foodcourt, and was so disappointed with the porridge.. and sadly that was the 1st time i tried, and having heard it so poplular, they totally disappointed me.. :(

CUMI & CIKI said...

haha, so funny.. If you see a blue Subaru Impreza parked outside.. ( i thot u gonna say, "take it for a spin") :P

kampungboycitygal said...

how sweet!! ur wife has certainly changed u to be a better man who appreciates gd food hehe :)

thule a.k.a leo said...

SK - perhaps you should try their Petaling Street outlet! Personally, I have only been to their Uptown outlet & was a satisfied customer..

Cumi&Ciki - LOL! Maybe I'd say that if I were still in my early 20s. Now I'm more into NA cars...

kampungboycitygal - hardly see you commenting on my blogs :) but thanks for dropping by! Yeah I guess somehow she made me appreciate good food more!

PureGlutton said...

I tried their Raw Fish porridge for supper once and found it to be rather "fishy"! The muddy fishy taste was pretty strong :-(

eiling lim said...

if i tertelan, I'll sue for millions!

thule a.k.a leo said...

pureglutton - that's why they used sesame oil to douse the fish slices! seems OK to me

eiling - sure u will :P

Nikel Khor said...

yahoo.. i just back from there my dinner tonight