Raw Fish Porridge @ Hon Kee Restaurant, Damansara Uptown

>> Dec 23, 2009

Last Sunday, Feeq invited Kelvin, The Nomad Gourmand and me for porridge at Hon Kee Restaurant. We were supposed to meet there at 10am, but being Malaysians, we reached there about a half hour later.

Eric Wong, owner of the Damansara Uptown branch recently opened about 6 weeks ago. The Wong family initially operated in Jalan Hang Lekir, where Eric's grandfather started selling porridge 60 over years ago. Since then, they have erected new branches at Lot 10 Hutong (lower ground floor) and Damansara Uptown.

Hon Kee Porridge

The porridge is freshly cooked in huge steel pots early in the morning, and then separated into smaller pots to be mixed with the ingredients of choice upon serving. The porridge comes in a choice of raw fish (RM5.50), cooked fish (RM5), pork meatballs (RM5), pork innards (chup chap) RM5, shredded chicken (RM5), century egg (RM5), or any combination of the ingredients above (RM6.50).

We started off with some curry chee cheong fun with pork. This is one of the only places I know that serves pork curry. It certainly was different to that usual beef/mutton/chicken/fish curry.

Chee Cheong Fun with pork curry

We were then served a combinations of Chinese fried crullers. I didn't quite fancy any of those Chinese fried stuff other than the Yau Cha Kwai which went quite well with the porridge. Its not that I didn't like the crullers served here, I didn't even try them. Its just that I'm not really a big fan of those kind of stuff.

A plate of Yau Char Kwai

We then proceeded to the man draw of this shop- the 'Raw Fish Porridge'. The fish used to make this dish is called Wan Yu (Haruan in Malay, a species of snakehead). The Wan Yu is believed (by Chinese) to contain medicinal benefits, especially to accelerate wound healing. The fish is bought daily from their dealer in the market to ensure that the fish is especially fresh. The fish is thinly sliced and drizzled with sesame oil.

Raw Fish Porridge

We sort of chucked all the fish in to stir before consumption. However, some people may choose to slowly dip the fish into the porridge one at a time to ensure the fish is not overcooked.

Raw Fish Porridge

The porridge was smooth with that nice and almost perfect consistency. I'm not sure if the porridge was blended to achieve such a texture. Some people prefer to taste the soft diluted rice lumps in their porridge but I prefer it this way.

We also requested to try the century egg and chicken porridge.

Century Egg and Chicken Porridge

I must say, it tasted somewhat pleasant. Nothing really to shout about.

My conclusion, this place is definitely a good place for porridge lovers. I'm not really a big fan of porridge myself, but I must say I sort of enjoyed the raw fish porridge at Hon Kee Restaurant.

Special thanks to Eric Wong for the invite!

Restaurant rating: 7/10
Pricing: About RM12 per person

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Hon Kee Restaurant

No71, Jalan SS21/1A,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D.E,

Telephone number: 012-2380362

Website: http://www.honkeeporridge.com/

Opening Hours:
7am-10pm daily


c0co December 23, 2009 at 1:11 AM  

RAW FISH!!!!!@@' wont stomachache???

FeeQ December 23, 2009 at 1:21 AM  

Bro..haha... I updated liao...
Sorry for late ya XD

Tummy Rumble December 23, 2009 at 1:25 AM  

@coco: the porridge is served boiling hot, its sort of letting you cook the fish yourself.. you should try it out..

Baby December 23, 2009 at 1:26 AM  

c0co, if the fish is cleaned properly, you won't get stomachache unless you're really sensitive to raw fish.

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Nikel Khor December 23, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

yes yes..raw fish porridge..go try petaling street d..

visit me at Nikel Khor

thenomadGourmand December 23, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

yeah, i would prefer if the crullers are fresh and hot too.
but the soya bean was good and thick and i would come bk oly for the fish porridge too ;)

Tummy Rumble December 23, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

@Nikel Khor, they are the same branch as the one in petaling street..

@thenomadGourmand, yea, I didn't try the soya bean.. the porridge is their main draw anyway :D

Eric W December 24, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

Nice meeting you and thank you for your review on Honkee Porridge. :)
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