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Mar 15, 2008 11:02 PM

Does anyone know where I can get good Cantonese porridge?

I'm from San Francisco and I love Cantonese porridge, especially Hing Lung in Chinatown. I moved to LA a few years ago and still haven't found a good restaurant that serves good Cantonese porridge. Help!

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  1. I only know of places in Chinatown; doubtless there are a multitude of places in the SGV that do congee as well or better.

    That said, for four or five bucks you can get a huge bowl of porridge, loaded with seafood (or whatever else you want), at Zen Mei Bistro on the corner of Alpine and Yale. It's not the best in the world, but like everything else at ZMB it's cheap and adequate.

    Also, CBS (at Spring and Ord) has a porridge cart when they're serving dim sum. It's a little fishier tasting than I've had at other places, with tiny chunks of mystery-fish, but it's good too.

    It's kind of hard to find much variation in a dish that consists mostly of rice and water.

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    1. re: Bjartmarr

      I used to think that too, until I tasted my uncle's version of the stuff, which had no less than five, count 'em, FIVE different proteins in it.

    2. Ahhh... A good bowl of juk (congee). I especially enjoy the thousand-year egg & pork congee one at the Chinatown Sam Woo Cafe, on the 2nd floor of the minimall at:

      724 N Hill St.

      1. ive only had it at those Phoenix places. Theres a bunch of them in the chinese areas. Ive been to one in pasadena or alhambra and in rowland heights

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        1. re: frank828

          Phoenix Inn in Chinatown is my favorite place for porridge. Also, order it with dau chao quay(chinese donut) if you you don't mind eating deep fried foods.
          I've only had the chicken and ablaone porridge cause it's so good, I haven't ordered any of the others.

          301 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. re: jamyjam

            I like the juk at Phoenix Inn. It's also not bad at Empress Pavilion (though the rest of the food there is so, so tired). My favourite is "pay daan sau yuk juk" (皮蛋瘦肉粥, lean pork and preserved-egg porridge).

            Just a note that "dau chao quay" is the Vietnamese term; the Chinese term, 油條, is "you tiao" in Mandarin and "yau ja gwaai" in Cantonese -- you'll want to order them in Cantonese.

            Another good place to get them is Yum Cha Cafe -- there's one in Chinatown and two in the SGV.

            The porridge is also quite good at any of the dim sum halls in the SGV -- 888 has a very creamy version. And if you want, get some 潮州粥 -- "chiu chau juk", which is thinner and "ricier" and contains lots of seafood -- at Seafood Village.

            1. re: jamyjam

              I believe the Chinatown location of Phoenix Inn does not open until 5pm, so is not an option for earlier in the day.

          2. I'm not an expert but I like the one at Har Lam Kee in Monterey Pk.

            1. Sunday Bistro actually has really good porridge and fried donut, on par with the best dai pai dongs in Hong Kong. They have a big breakfast following, and the fried stuff and rice noodles are freshly made. Their lunch and dinner items are not as good, but they make really good porridge.

              Har Lam Kee isn't bad either.