I seldom write food reviews except when I find the restaurant truly exceptional, like the most delicious meal of the entire trip. The noodles I had at Hon Kei was the most memorable food during my most recent trip to Penang. To appreciate Hon Kei, it helps to be an adventurous eater. Some people may find consuming animal innards unappetizing or even gross. If you belong to this group, you may not appreciate Hon Kei. I had a bowl of soupy noodles with all kinds of pig innards except for the brain and heart. In other words, my noodles included liver, intestines, kidney, minced pork and tripe. The noodles and innards were cooked to perfection and the soup was full of flavor. My bowl of goodie reminded me of Vietnamese Pho but orders of magnitude more tasty. The soup was not as clear as Pho but much more flavorful. My on regret was not ordering brain with the other innards. Next time!!! This food corner was very busy but the wait was pretty short and the environment quite comfortable because of the high ceiling and fans. It was also quite high tech with orders taken with a tablet and sent to the cooks and POS wirelessly. Surprisingly, the price of the food and drinks was very reasonable, if not on the inexpensive side. I highly recommend this food corner to the adventurous foodie. I cannot wait to eat here again when I return to Penang. Next time, I'll have ALL the innards. Yum.
Ordered the normal pork noodles and the broth was so rich in pork taste. There is an option to not have the innards but I took the one with. Came with pork belly, brain, intestine tongue and other parts which some people may not like. The soup however is really the most porky taste I've tasted. Price wise slightly towards the high side.
Been years since my last visit to this place which was still a road side stall then.. New stuff on the menu.. Tried the pickle vege soup with yam rice which turn out to be very tasty.. Porridge quality slightly decrease but still tasty.. Price wise not that cheap but still reasonable... The good thing about this place is they never bring you the wrong thing, they fulfil your requests accordingly e.g.: no spring onion.