We took a short and relaxing eating trip out of Penang island recently to Serdang, a small town in Kedah. It is our first visit to Sin Aik Kee, an old restaurant which is famous for their specialty ‘char moay’ (fried porridge) and plenty of other varieties.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

The delicious fried porridge…chau jook (in Cantonese)

We started with the ‘char moay’ porridge. It was cooked with lots of ingredients – prawns, meats, salty meats, cuttlefish and thick black soy sauce. The right combination makes it very flavorful. I love its thick texture and had two full bowls of it! Yummy! The taste is slightly different from those I had in Ah Keat Seafood Restaurant and I personally found it more flavorful than Ah Keat’s version.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

With lots of green ku chai (kau choy)

The owner recommended us another very popular dish, stir-fried sweet and sour spicy cockles. It must be tried especially if you are a cockle lover. I must admit the cockles tasted very good with the spiciness and hint of sweetness! It was a nice and new experience of taste. You do not need to pry open the cockles as they are already opened up for you.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

Next up was the Sa-Be Hu, or better known as three flavor fish. The deep fried fish comes with a few choices of kerabu (salad). We ended up having the pickled sweet and sour kerabu guava as the kerabu mango was sold out.

The kerabu guava was fabulous. It was the right balance of sweet & sour plus spicy taste that makes this fish simply appetizing! The kerabu can be ordered separately as a dish by itself.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

Fried Cuttlefish was stir-fried kong pow style with oyster & black sauce. The texture of the cuttlefish remains firm, however its taste is rather common and easily found in other places as well.

Serdang Fried Porridge @ Sin Aik Kee

The accompanied cold barley and longan drinks was refreshing with the meal.


We also indulged in some delicious Curry Suah Tui Bak (curry wild boar meat). The curry was bought from the neighboring Bie You Tian Restaurant. The owner of Sin Aik Kee was kind to even prepared a plate for this curry wild boar meat!  :)

Curry Wild Boar @ Bie You Tian Restaurant, Serdang

To get to Sin Aik Kee from Penang, travel along the North South Highway to Parit Buntar and exit at the Bandar Bahru toll plaza. After exiting the toll, take a right turn on the first traffic light and continue straight for about 15km. The journey passes through several small kampung and plantations. When you reach the Serdang town, look out for the Hong Leong Bank on your left. Take the right turn and subsequently take the next available right turn too. The restaurant is on your left.


The wooden building with an extended zinc roof

This restaurant is quite new to many people although it has been around for more than a decade. I personally think it is inexpensive and worth the trip. It is probably advisable to make a booking before you travel all the way to this restaurant. As usual, do check out the GPS coordinates that I have included at the bottom of this post.

Restoran Sin Aik Kee
No 27 Jalan Tengah
09800 Serdang

Tel : 04 4077288

Business Hours : 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Closed on Monday & Tuesday

GPS Coordinates :   N05 12.606   E100 36.779

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23 comments so far


Oh my! this is such a find! i think i wil lov the porridge (it is really porridge!) not like the otr types i tried (more of cubes of flour, like kuay kak) & the cockles!!! delicious!

February 19th, 2010 at 12:45 am

Great food. Hope to go there one day and better be soon…. Thanks for the info.

February 19th, 2010 at 6:23 am

dark porridge ! Must be droolly delicious in a faraway land

February 19th, 2010 at 9:22 am

Kong Hei Fatt Choi!!!! Good to see your post again!!
Serdang isn’t that far from Penang… :)

February 19th, 2010 at 11:04 am

Wow…you tried both Serdang’s signature in one time. The fried porridge and curry wild boar are good, but a bit far to travel.

February 19th, 2010 at 11:23 am

u really discover great food..so deep into a kampung also you can find..geng loh~ might plan to go there 1 day as the food looks tempting~

February 19th, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Penang Guy

Thanks for the feature! This is the place which i have been but lost contact for the last 10 years. I just love their fresh water prawn with tang hoon and their Ikan “Bong” steam teow chew style. After viewing you feature have planned for a trip next Friday Prophet Muhamad’s birthday

February 20th, 2010 at 10:26 am

Happy New Year!
Is this the hidden treasure in Serdang?

February 21st, 2010 at 11:07 am

I usually come here for the exotic foods … YEH MEI … without doubt the CHAU JOK is one of the MUST have here …. :D

My ex coleaque’s house is just nearby walking distance …. surprisingly they are still in business after so many years :D

February 21st, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Wow the fried porridge looks really delicious! I’ve never fancied fried porridge before but this picture made me drool! LOL

February 21st, 2010 at 7:14 pm

whao nice!! and to have to cockles already opened up is a great ++++++!!!

greato :p

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:03 am

this is awesome, I have yet to try such porridge! :)

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 am

I want the curry wild boar! Yummy…

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

Lovely find Ck. This is something my pg n kedah frens have been recommending for yrs. Yet… Haha I’ve not been there yet.

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Wow, I thought I’ve tried and tasted all Malaysian dishes by now with all my cuti-cuti Malaysia travellin’, but this “fried porridge” is a first for me!

Good job on discovering this and sharing it with us, dear. :)

February 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

never try fried porridge b4, will it taste burn-ly?

CK Lam Reply:

No worries… it is very flavorful without the burnt flavor.

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:11 pm

yummy yummy ler….must try it!

February 23rd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

u shud try their tomyam prawn… super good :)

not been there for 5 years at least

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for the intro!

February 28th, 2010 at 11:36 pm
Yan LittleFar

Im from Serdang, it’s really great to see ppl recommend for serdang local food. u all should really try it out… cheer!!

CK Lam Reply:

It is great sharing tasty food with everyone.

May 4th, 2010 at 12:12 am

Wen there last Sunday.Wanted to try evry thing,but too full.The curry Sua too bak good but we were very thirsty wen we arrive at Auto City.Too much Monosodium Glutamate added.I love d 932 drink n bght back a bootle.Missed out on Fried Porridge.

January 25th, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Huay Ping

I just visited the restaurant. The food is great. The store are open daily and their off day is not fixed. You need to call to check with the owner.

May 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Hi, how long does it take from Penang to serdang? I’m from Indonesia and will go to Penang next week and Im planning to go to serdang to eat this porridge.. Can you tell me how long and how can I reach there?

September 26th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Paul Yap

This is my birth place but not my home town.
Sure will try.
Have stomach will travel.

June 26th, 2015 at 10:16 am

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