The One With Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant – Famous Shatin Chicken Porridge

When someone tells you that a particular Chinese restaurant in a certain part of Hong Kong is “popular” with locals, and “famous” for some local delicacies, you can be assured of three things – a maddeningly long queue, some probably rude and loud wait staff, and medieval queue number system.

I will be the first to admit it – I hate queuing for food. For someone who seem to spend half his salary on food, I expect service, quality and peace of mind when it comes to eating out. To take a number and wait for your turn in packed restaurants made me feel like I am begging them to serve me food.

And no one likes to beg.

But it was a weekend night in Shatin, and we wanted something local, simple and “blogworthy” for me. So I found myself at Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant, famous for its Shatin chicken porridge.

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The wait wasn’t long, perhaps fifteen minutes max, but with the loud reception, merry-go-round fellow diners waiting their turns on cheap plastic stools, that wait time felt like eternity. And when we were given a table for two squashed between two larger tables, placed right smack in front of some utility cupboards, I felt outraged.

And then I looked at the menu.

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Okay, so the prices were rather reasonable. A claypot of their famous Shatin chicken porridge with slices of abalone, it was only $18. I was mollified somewhat with our precarious seat and rickety table. However I couldn’t really understand what all the fuss were about. The chicken were salty, and the porridge was mediocre at best. The only saving grace were the generous slices of abalone. For that price, I couldn’t complain… or could I?

What really saved the night – both in terms of price and taste – was it combo offer. For a bit more than $100, we can choose two dishes out of a list of some twenty options. I couldn’t read a thing so the better half had to read everything to me. First we opted for the stir fried crab with garlic and ginger.

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The crab itself was suspect – the shell were soft to the bite, which made me wondered if we were served some dead crab? But the taste were delicious; spiced with ginger and sesame oil to the right degree. The crab wasn’t huge but enough for two.

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The broccoli with scallops and abalone was of great value and served with some weird but great tasting prawn paste sauce. Though the portion was small I realised there is a limit on how much a person can really enjoy slices of abalone in one night. And I had enough of it for the night. The slices went really well with my large bottle of Heineken, which was only $20.

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The restaurant was brimming with customers. I couldn’t help but agree that if you are the type who wants to “go where to locals go to”, Keung Kee would be the perfect candidate. And your wallet will thank you. My whole bill came up to some $216.

Perhaps that would explain the maddeningly long queue, rude and loud wait staff, and medieval queue number system.

Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant
20-30 Tai Chung Kiu Rd
Shatin
Tel: 2646 0928


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