To find this place, drive along Jalan Queen in Pasir Pinji. When you see a small stall under a tree and in front of a single-storey house with sloping driveway, you’ve reached your destination.
The blistering hot sun doesn’t deter the floggers (Jackson, Precious Pea, Teckiee & WMW) from taking pictures and help themselves with the peanut desserts here (we actually took longer time to take pictures rather than enjoying the food!)
At RM2.00 per bowl (used to be RM1.50) and served warm, the peanut gruel was smooth, creamy, fragrant and has the right balance of sweetness to it. As I’m a big fan of peanut, I used to like peanut gruel a lot when I was younger but then, I found those sold elsewhere were either diluted or has the rancid smell to it, hence my interest in peanut gruel diminished gradually. Hong Kee’s version definitely is the better one I’ve tasted so far.
And since we’re here, we couldn’t just leave without trying the mua chee (glutinuous rice flour cake with peanut, RM2). While most proprietors cut up the dough with metal spatula, Hong Kee pinch the balls of dough from a damp-cloth covered pot and toss them individually in the grounded peanut and fine sugar mixture. You could feel the crunch of the grounded peanut and sugar once you popped them in your mouth, and again, the sweetness was just right while the grounded peanut were really crunchy – freshly grounded peanuts, that’s it!
Hong Kee Mah Chee
550A, Jalan Queen,
Pasir Pinji, 31050 Ipoh.
Tel: 012-3828 651
Business Hour: 1.30pm-6.00pm