I'm finally over my flu bug but it got me hankering for porridge for breakfast. I'm partial to the porridge found in Cecil Street (or Jalan Hang Lekir as it's known now), Petaling Street which is my standard of great porridge since it's the place my parents took me since I was a kid. I love wandering around Petaling Street in the early morning as it's nice and quiet without the bustle of the stalls that sell their fake luxury goods.
Sorry for the not too nice picture of my bowl of porridge. I had added everything in: i.e. minced meat balls and the raw fish slices as seen below. Usually the porridge comes with only one item but it's been a tradition with my parents that we add an extra plate of raw fish slices in the hot bowl of porridge.
The raw fish slices (Wan Yue in Chinese) is always served with a dash of sesame oil and lots of shredded ginger, spring onion and coriander. Just plonk it in your hot porridge and they'll cook themselves. Accompany this with a plate of sliced yau char kuai (Chinese crullers) and you'll be in heaven. I love the smooth texture of the porridge as they cook it on slow heat hence it's nice and smooth.
Of course there will always be changes with time and nowadays when you have your breakfast, you can be entertained with live music. It was quite strange to see a busker early in the morning since they usually play at night but this fella was happily strumming out oldies like Rod Stewart's Sailing and even old Malay songs.
If you're feeling very adventurous, take a walk after your breakfast. Turn right at the first alleyway after the porridge stall (where they are frying the yau char kwais) as you will see fresh wantan mee being made in a small factory. They don't really allow you inside the place but you can peek in but they sell the freshly made wantan mee, pan mee, yee meen outside. Walk further down and you'll see lots of foreign workers hanging around make shift stalls where they are said to peddle stolen goods. You'll see items like shoes which have been pinched from people's backyards, clothes, electrical items and all sorts of things. However, be warned that it's not exactly a very safe place so be cautious when you walk through there. If you walk the other side of the stall towards Malaya Hotel, you will find Madras Lane market inside the alleyways where you'll see all sorts of fresh produce and items especially those enormous fish heads sold to steamed fish head stalls.
Hon Kee Porridge
Jalan Hang Lekir (Jalan Cecil)
Off Petaling Street
(Next to Koon Kee Mee, opposite Hong Leong Bank Berhad. Opens from 5am to 1pm)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.