Sunday, 18 September 2011

Congee @ Sang Kee Coffee Shop, Hong Kong

We originally came here to try their famous Dace Ball and Beef Congee but when we reached the shop around 9.30am, we were told it wasn't ready yet. Nevertheless, we decided to stay to try the other congee varieties as there were lots of newspaper review clippings taped to the shop's window. The shop was packed with people and it took a while to get a table to fit 6 of us.
Yau Char Kwai aka Chinese Cruellers (HKD 5)
As is the norm, we ordered some Yau Char Kwai (aka Chinese Cruellers) as accompaniment to the congee. They were very fresh and crispy but not extraordinary.
Hong Kong Style Milk Tea
Some of us ordered a cup of Hong Kong's famous See Mat Nai Cha which translates literally to Stocking Milk Tea, indicating the silkyness and smoothness of the milk tea. The tea was very concentrated with a strong tea taste which no amount of sugar and milk can help dilute. It does take some getting used to but I think it'll taste nice after your tastebuds have adapted to it. The long teaspoon looked like it belonged more in a glass of cold milk tea than on the saucer =P
Sliced Beef and Pork Ball Congee
Unfortunately, we were too busy digging into our respective congee to snap pictures of the other varieties -_-"
I had the Pork Ball and Fish Ball Congee and it came in a bowl smaller than a ramen bowl but bigger than the small orders you get at Sushi Zanmai. The congee was very smooth and the rice grains were all boiled down to a concentrated swirly mixture as Hong Kong congees usually are.
The pork balls and fish balls were HUGE and I'm not exaggerating here...they're the size of ping pong balls! I think I was given 3 pork balls and 4 fish balls so imagine 7 ping pong balls in your tummy lol. The pork balls were very compact, full of minced porky goodness and very flavourful. The fish balls, on the other hand, were translucent in colour and very pasty. I wasn't a big fan of it.
The congee comes with an individual serving of ginger slices and spring onion in superior soy sauce. It was served in a tiny bowl smaller than the average rice bowl and you can opt to pour as much as you like into the bowl of already flavourful congee. Check out the picture below for a (blur) picture of the condiments.
Condiments *taken from OpenRice
All in all, the congee was good, serving was large as is typical in Hong Kong and meatballs were huge. It was a shame we weren't able to try the famed Dace Ball and Beef Congee.
PawPoints: 4 Paws
Sang Kee Coffee Shop
Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2
7-9 Burd Street
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 2541 1099
Mon - Sat: 7am - 9pm

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