中环機利文新街32-34號A舖 near Sheung Wan or Central MTR
I’m sorry Hong Kongers, but this porridge gem of yours deserves to be shared widely! Surrounded by only Cantonese from a diverse background, some elderly spotted was clad in their home clothes, while others consist of the average salaryman who was suited up smartly in his jacket; and they were all simply downing a warm comforting bowl of flavourful porridge. Zhong Kee Porridge 忠記粥品 could indeed be the place to visit for a good bowl of local porridge.
Well, extensive menu pasted on the wall, all in Cantonese with no English translation and with no English or Mandarin spoken at all, this could be slightly intimidating to tourists. But that is usually the fun when dining in another country, isn’t it.
Even with my slightly proficient Cantonese, I also made a blunder trying to get this meat ball porridge (no help from the bro here, as I am a better speaker), as one of the characters was continuously read wrongly, till which I had to point it out to the Aunty waitress. Very smooth silky porridge broth over here definitely that is perfumed throughout with a porky aroma while the meatballs were so heavy in its meat taste with a little bit of fats mashed into it. HKD $28.
The equally delicious century egg porridge. HKD $19.
And this is what a typical Cantonese would do at a porridge (Jok) place; that is to dip the crusty fried dough fritters into the savoury porridge. Simple it may seem, but such combination was impeccable as the savoury porridge could lift greatly the fragrance of the dough fritters.
This lightly steamed Turnip Cake was surprisingly simple and delectable too. Lightly steamed to a wobbly, mushy yet substantial consistency, it naturally tasted great already but even better when drizzled with the dark soy sauce. HKD $8.
The overused porridge pot standing out from the picture.
Verdict: An excellent porridge restaurant.
A map for you as it may not be easy to look for it!