What are some of your favourite comfort foods? One of mine has got to be congee, a type of rice porridge that is eaten in many Asian countries as a staple meal. I was back home for the holidays and so I made my way to Mui Kee, a famous eatery in Hong Kong famous for its congees- and rightly so! Mui Kee is located within a bustling wet market in the middle of Mong Kok, so it’s a great place to stop by after a day of shopping. For those of you who can’t read Chinese, the restaurant also offers an English menu, listing the different types of congee available. You’ll find that strange-sounding ingredients such as pig liver, century eggs , crispy fish skin and kidneys are often featured in congee- I know they sound daunting, but give them a try!
We decided to share a plate of cheung fun 腸粉 (rice noodle rolls), sprinkled with sesame seeds and drizzled with a peanut and sweet sauce, as well as yau cha kwai 油炸粿 (Chinese crullers/deep-fried breadsticks), which are often served alongside congee.
Personally, my favourite cheung fun stall is located in Sham Shui Po- go check out my review here.
As for the congee, my friends all opted for century egg and pork (a very popular choice here in Hong Kong), whilst I went for my all-time favourite combination of pork liver and meatballs. In terms of the taste of pork liver, it’s definitely stronger-tasting than chicken liver, but has a very different texture and is more chewy and bouncy.
The congee itself is so flavourful that you won’t have to add any extra condiments, and it is such a great and affordable way to warm yourself up 🙂
Afterwards, we went to a nearby Chinese dessert stall for some traditional treats (check it out here). All in all, it was a great meal- there’s just something so special about eating a hearty bowl of congee in such an environment!
Fa Yuen St Market,