Once in a while, after living away from home for years, one would yearned for some home-cooked soup. One which make them just like how our mother prepare them at home.
That is where Tien Kee Restaurant, which is located at SS14 in Subang Jaya, comes into the picture. It is a brightly lit air-cond restaurant offering healthy soup and porridge.
There are 14 types of porridge on the menu, Pomfret Porridge (白鲳鱼粥) is their specialty, and it features a whole fish. Along side with Ikan Parang (Wolf Herring) Porridge (西刀鱼粥), Braised Duck Porridge (特制鸭粥), Wonder Soups (好味住家汤), noodles, rice and other house specialities.
Apart from porridge dishes, they offers other side dishes as well, mostly prepared in Hakka style, such as Hakka Soon Kueh (客家筍粿), Braised Pork with Black Fungus (焖炸肉), Pork Knuckle with Vinegar (猪脚醋) and Hakka Abacus (客家算盘子).
To kick-start the meal, we ordered Hakka Soon Kueh (客家筍粿 - Hakka bamboo shoot dumpling) @ RM2.20 per piece. It was served to us shortly after we placed the order. This is something new to me. I have never came across such kueh.
The Hakka Soon Kueh was filled to the brim with bamboo shoots, mushrooms, black fungus, dried shrimps and minced pork. It taste alright to me, albeit a bit salty, and the ingredients were indeed generous. Not my cup of tea though.
My friend ordered Mixed Pork Porridge @ RM6.00. The porridge is in Teochew style and thus are more of rice-in-broth rather than congee. Teochew porridge doesn’t appeal to neither of us as we prefer the Cantonese way of cooking porridge. I guess slurping the steaming hot soup redolent of fish gravy and good stock is what Teochew porridge are all about.
I opt for Pork Soup Noodles with Bitter Gourd and Tofu @ M6.50. The soup is prepared using the same stock as the above, with combined ingredients such as bitter gourd, tofu (bean curd), salted vegetables and pork. The soup was delicious and very subtle, with generous portion of other food stuff.
The price is a bit steep, and undoubtedly (i’m a little biased here) my mother's home-cooked soup still taste the best!
Add: No. 94, Jalan SS 14/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 012-232 0028 (Raymond), 012-373 2262 (Jacylyn), 012-210 2468 (Michael).
Opening Hours: 10am - 3pm and 6pm - 9.30pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]