Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nathan Congee and Noodles Restaurant (佐敦粥麵家) @ Saigon Street

Where do you find a hotel and a restaurant that mentions Nathan Road but is technically not on Nathan Road?

Well i have.

Novotel Nathan Road and Nathan Congee and Noodles Restaurant. Yes, i concur to the fact that it is adjacent to Nathan Road but it is not quite Nathan Road, but Saigon Street.

Talk about misleading advertising.

For those who want to know where this is; its across Novotel Nathan Road. Surely a big enough landmark even for those who are visibly challenged.

Back to porridge then, something suitable for the "flu"ed.

How to eat porridge without Yau Char Kuey? These were surprisingly not stale and tasted freshly made.

Extra order of Pei Dan. Can't compete with the Yung Kee ones obviously.

The Century Egg and Lean Pork porridge (Pei Dan Sau Yuk Zhuk). The lean pork tasted like siew yuk (probably was) which meant more flavour to began with. The porridge or congee like that they call it came with a nice smooth blended like texture. Not watery at all and certainly filling.

Another bowl came with fish fillet and beef. It is an almost well known fact that meat tenderisers are used in chinese cooking and the beef was treated the same. Oh so tender the beef pieces was and what flavour was left from the meat was transferred to the porridge.

Trying to think of how to describe the breakfast is already causing me to drool. Also reminded me how you better know how to order the porridge you want because the menu is written in chinese ONLY. The famous ones that came with pig liver, meat balls and minced beef were obviously called something else because i couldnt recognise the familiar characters. Oh well.

Address: 11 Saigon Street, Jordon 佐敦西貢街11號
Tel: 2384 7355
Opening hours: 7:30am – 12pm
Seating: 50

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I think a bowl would set you back around HKD 20-30. Not cheap but what you get is lots of ingredients in the congee which will keep your tummy satisfied for a few good hours.

17 comments:

kampungboycitygal said...

zhu gon (pig liver), yuk yuen (meat ball), minced beef (ngao yuk sui)?? haha or do you mean 'kap dai juk' (pork innards + minced pork)..im confused too, too many varieties of porridge and yet all of them are good! yumzzz

550ml jar of faith said...

OK this is one dept where my Chinese illiteracy doesn't hinder... I only need my pei dan sau yuk chuk to be happy! Slurp!

daphne said...

oh dear, hope u r feeling better now already! but those bowls of porridge certainly look very comforting. being sick myself now i dont mind a bowl!

Jun said...

mmm... zhuk... love the beef porridge that we seldom can find in msia (or can we now?).

hope ur cold's getting better!

Cindy Khor said...

that's a traditional congee with yao char kuey and century egg... like a typical cantonese breakfast... looks yummy too..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cindy: yea yea..very typical! live the life of their locals i suppose..

jun: tat kind of texture? hotels maybe..

daphne: flu is seriously going around eh

550ml: memorise..memorise..

kbcg: apparently i was trying to find ngau yuk sui in their menu, couldnt find..and didnt want to ask haha..pretend damn local..

UnkaLeong said...

I would not mind parting with my money for that bowl of delicious looking congee!

Nic (KHKL) said...

nathan road brings back so much memories! i stayed at eaton before (it was cheap back then) and there's this steak house called "pa wong" where the steaks come with a nice piece of foie gras!!! dunno whether still there or not. :( woah, nice looking bowl of porridge!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: got such thing ar!! but than again, nathan road is damn long!!

unka: me too, esp with the sniffles!

sc said...

love HK's congee.. so velvety smooth and i get instant satisfaction :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: i know!

Life for Beginners said...

Speaking of flu'ed, since that is my current unfortunate condition, a bowl of hot steaming congee sounds really good to me! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: haha yeap appealing to the sick!

fatboybakes said...

l LOVE THE CENTURY EGG in hk. why we cant make laidat ah?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: must b the horses urine i heard..

SuLee said...

oh god!! porridge is my killer spot!!!

If i were to pick a food to eat for an entire month it will be porridge, HONG KONG PORRIDGE!!

those looks so smooth!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: sure? 1 mth seems abit long though..