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January 10, 2016

New Lane hawker centre, Penang…avoid this place like a leech-infested swamp

People usually don’t have high expectations from hawker centres. Hot and delicious will do.

New Lane used to be a street food paradise with concentrations of about 50 street side food vendors. USED TO BE!! By all that is holy and good in the world, I say unto you, eat anywhere else in Penang, except at New Lane. For nostalgia reason, I went there recently, and, oh my, I paid the price. The food is, simply, diabolical. It is probably the worst, most overpriced and inedible food I’ve endured in all my visits to Penang since my first trip twenty eight years ago.

The good: the congee with pigs innards was decent. But lest we get lulled into complacency, the texture of the congee was more like porridge than congee.

The bad: The char kway teow was perversely bad, chewy and insipid and completely devoid of “wok hei”- the flavour imparted by a flaming wok.

The bladdy horrible: The gummy or chien (oyster omelette) contained a lot of starch but hardly any egg and very few oysters. One spoonful of it and you realise it was probably not intended for human consumption. The viciously overcooked ikan bakar (chargrilled fish) was dry and totally inedible that I took one bite and then leave untouched.

I have to stop writing this review, my blood pressure is thru the roof just thinking about that pathetic place. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 13, 2015

Wong Chi Kei Noodle & Congee Restaurant, Hong Kong…The thick, creamy and delicious congee here is a “5 Stars Plus” rated meal

There are hundreds of noodle and congee restaurants in Hong Kong, and they’re only getting better. Thank more discerning diners with higher standards for good food. And a growing sense of competition among restaurants to win us over. But for those of us who love digging into real good congee, the question remains: Where should I eat?

When friends go to Hong Kong and ask me where to go for a congee meal, Wong Chi Kei is where I send them. That’s not to say it’s perfect—to be honest, the cooking can be pretty uneven—but if you’re looking for the classic Cantonese congee meal that’s a better and beyond some of the competition, Wong Chi Kei is the place for you. Though the wonton noodle soup, made with big, juicy wontons, is not bad, the real banger here is the thick, creamy and delicious congee.

There is comfort (and folk-medicinal healing properties) in congee. This Cantonese rice porridge is light and suitable on hot days especially when you want to eat something non-oily. It can be cooked with many different types of ingredients. Actually, the types of ingredients are only limited by one’s imagination. The unparalleled dried oyster and pork congee must be given special mention.

The congee here is a “5 Stars Plus” rated meal. If I could add a few more stars I would! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 19, 2015

Congee King, Hong Kong….Yummy!!! One word sums it up.

Congee, also known as jook, is nothing more than Chinese hot cereal, a milky rice porridge. More than two dozen versions of MSG-free congee are served here in Congee King, some with additions as exotic as rabbit fish and boiled fish skin, each served steaming.

Fish ain’t my dish. The rich seafood tasting and uniquely textured baby oyster congee is especially good.  The rest of the menu offers excellent Cantonese and Hong Kong dishes, like the delicious, silky smooth and feather-like textured rice roll (chee cheong fun) with simple savoury mixed sauce.

Yummy!!! One word sums it up. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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