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Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner

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Hon Kei Food Corner

Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner

Local Penangites consider a meal of pork porridge and noodles at Hon Kei Food Corner a nutritious meal.

This restaurant is famous for the “Chee Chap Choke” which is porridge with all the mixed pork spare parts!

History of Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner

Hon Kei Food Corner originated from a small street side pushcart to a full fledged restaurant.

Many Penangites enjoy a light dinner of weekly (or even daily) meals of hearty pork bone soups. I have been eating at Hon Kei for the longest time.

Our favourite is the delicious Bak Moi (Pork Porridge). We often go early and wait as the brothers set up stall on at the junction of Penang Road and Jalan Kampong Malabar.

This is a pork galore fiesta for pork lovers where you get to chow down on all porky parts in a clear rich pork bone broth.

As a Penangite, I grew up eating a huge bowl of porridge for dinner. Later as a working adult, we would have our dinners here with colleagues whenever we worked “overtime”,

Most locals consider a meal of pork porridge to be nutritious with the addition of pork parts.

The only snag back then was the long wait for our food to be served. As soon as the stall opened at 5 pm, there would be regulars taking a spot at their favorite table to wait.

Loyal fans are several generations strong and most Penangites have had at least a bowl or two growing up.

Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner

Recently they expanded and bought three adjoining shop houses just a stone’s throw from their roadside spot. So now, having a good lunch is easy.

The restaurant is clean, bright and airy. Lots of ceiling fans. You get to have your meal without breaking a sweat. It is very spacious, cool and comfortable to eat here.

Live Cooking Station at Hon Kei

The cooking is done behind a counter facing the dining section. You can hear the hiss of the stove and see flames firing up the copper pots as the chef cook your noodles.

You can watch their live-action in preparing your meal. Generally, please stand at a far distance so you don’t block the crew.

Tips: The soups are boiling hot and may cause scalding. 

Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Chef uses a copper pot to cook the soups. The temperature is scalding hot! Photo: Doris Lim.
Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Chef pours the hot soup in ready bowls. Photo: Doris Lim

Hon Kei Soup Menu (Non-Halal)

The retaurant has a simple laminated menu you can order from. There are two types of soup base. Both equally delicious and “cooling”. Some senior may complain of joint pains if they take the ‘salted vege”.

Soups

  1. Salted Vege Mixed Pork Soup
  2. Bitter Groud Mixed Pork Soup

Soup Price

  • Normal Soup RM7.50
  • Mixed Pork Only RM6.00
  • Add Choice RM0.70 (each item)

Delicious Scalding Hot Soups

There are two types of soups at Hon Kei Food Corner. You can choose from Bitter Gourd or Pickled Mustard Greens Soup and Yam Rice Combo.

I like to have my Pork Liver fix here. My favorite is the Bitter Gourd Soup with sliced and minced pork and liver.

Hon Kei Fried Items Menu

Deep fried items for munchines, refer to menu

Hon Kei Porridge –  Chee Chap Choke

The most popular order is the “Chee Chap Choke”which is porridge with all the mixed spare parts!

Cantonese-style congee is more flavourful wiht added seasoning and is briny. They add other ingredients according to your preference.

Back in the day a order of Chee Chap Choke has spare parts or innards. We were not so health conscious and would eat just about anything that mom cooked.

Ingredients may include

  • lean shoulder butt pork meat
  • chin
  • jaw
  • brain
  • ears
  • heart
  • liver
  • lung
  • stomach
  • intestines
  • kidney
  • shoulder
  • ribs
  • intestines
  • sinews
  • blood

For Hon Kei, please check with the restaurant on your Add On orders and availability of ingredients. As more customers become more health conscious, the request of innard may be confined to a few.

  • pig’s kidney
  • liver
  • heart
  • intestine
  • tripe
  • brains

What to order with my Pork Soup?

Hon Kei Food Corner is famous for its Pork Noodle, Fish Head Noodle, and Porridge.

There are a few types of noodles to choose from.

Thin noodles, thick noodles, vermicelli (Mee Suah)

The Mixed is Bee Hoon with Yellow Noodle. The is of course rice and porridge!

Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner

Hon Kei Noodles Menu

  1. Porridge
  2. Vermicelli
  3. Thick Noodles
  4. Thin Noodles
  5. Noodle Mix

Hon Kei Rice Menu

  • White Rice
  • Yam Rice RM2.50 per bowl
Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner

Char Hor Fun

The restaurant sells a Silky Egg Hor Fun  or Wan Tan Wor. We prefer it without egg and the restaurant happily obliges to cook it this way.

The Char Hor Fun is old style with a good taste. It is increasing hard to find a food Char Hor Fun after all the good sifu retired.

I particularly like this as it is pork based and not cooked with fish cakes! There are fish slices, pork slices, fresh prawns and lots of pork crackling.

Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Char Hor Fun (Pork) Photo: Doris Lim
Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Kopitiam style Kopi O and Kopi. Photo: Doris Lim

Hon Kei Food Corner Review:

Over the many years, the food is consistently good with a fair price for a decent meal of noodles.

[Update: 1 February 2020]

We had a good meal for below RM15 each inclusive of drinks. Total meal was RM26.30 for two

  • Char Hor Fun (without egg) RM10.00
  • Bitter Groud Soup RM9.10
  • Add On Minced Pork, Meat Ball, Liver
  • Hot Coffee RM2.00
  • Coffee O RM1.60

Hon Kei Food Corner is a MUST VISIT if you love pork noodles.  The restaurant is open-air and ample parking lots available opposite.

Penang Best Porridge Restaurant Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner for Below RM15 Meals. Photo: Doris Lim

Hon Kei Food Corner | 45, Lorong Kampung Malabar, Penang | Contact: +604-421 2235
Open Daily: 9 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 12 am | Close Thursday
Travel Tips: Penang MBPP Parking is Monday to Saturday (incl. Public Holidays) from 9 am to 5 pm Only Sunday is Free Parking in Penang
There is a private car park further down the road, which has ample parking if you go during peak hours.


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