Loa Yau Kee Porridge @ Chinatown, KL

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Chinatown Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The humble food cart of  Loa Yau Kee Porridge (老友记) is parked in front of Soong Kee Beef Noodles.  Despite being much smaller, Loa Yau Kee is not overshadowed and it’s just as popular.  The uncle that manes the stall dishes out a fulfilling bowl of porridge as fast as he could with agility.  I don’t know how old this stall has been around, but perhaps started out some 60 years ago in the same era as Soong Kee Beef Noodles. 

Loa Yau Kee Porrdige 1 Soong Kee Beef Noodles @ Chinatown, KL 5

The porridge could not be any plainer.  Just plain, plain plain, enabling one to truly enjoy and focus on this bowl of simplicity that’s soupy, lightly starchy with rice grains that have disintegrated to a fluffy texture.


Unlike Teochew porridge that comes with a variety of vegetables and meats to choose from, Loa You Kee has only three dishes to pair the porridge with – chicken, raw fish slices and pork innards, which are already enough to keep the stall busy.  It is RM 6 per bowl of porridge with one dish.


Raw fish slices are seasoned with oil, ginger slices and scallions; a versatile option whether you would like to eat it raw or add it into the hot porridge to cook it.  The slices are thin enough to be cooked thoroughly.


Silken chicken drizzled with oil and soy sauce ? Sure, bring it on anytime.


More  Info
Address : 86 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, 56000 KL, Malaysia.
Opening Hours : 11 am – 12 am.  Closed on Sundays.




  1. ShopGirl

    This is hands down my favourite bowl of rice porridge in the world. I love the mixed pork porridge and the silky chicken variation is just divine.
    In fact, after I read your post about Soong Kee noodles, I made a beeline that very evening for this porridge stall. You reminded me that it has been a while!

    If my memory serves me right, the porridge stall only started a few years ago – perhaps more than 5 but less than 10 years – because it wasn’t there when I first discovered the Beef Noodle restaurant and this first visit was possibly 15 years ago. Anyway, the porridge is so good that my advice is to go early because the stall closes well before the beef noodle shop pulls down its shutters and to be honest, the porridge is what keeps me coming back, and I don’t even like rice porridge all that much. That’s saying something!

    I do love how the two stalls work in such harmony alongside each other – it’s not often you see two stalls working so well together. The owners are probably blood relations on very good terms and I like how the staff turnover is low and all are well-versed in handling orders from customers wanting dishes from both businesses.

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com Post author

      I didn’t get a change to try the pork porridge as innards aren’t usually my first choice. Now I know it’s good I think I’ll have to give that a go next time. The booth is maned by an old uncle so I thought it’s one of those stalls that’s been around for ages. Didn’t realize that it’s actually less than 10 years old. Looks like he’s gained lots of fans over the years 🙂

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