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Nov 24, 2009 05:32 PM

Best Noodles in Hong Kong

In your opinion what are the best noodles in Hong Kong? I completely understand we are slightly comparing apples and oranges here but I'd love to hear your opinion!

Here's my suggestion:

Wing Lai Yuen (詠藜園): I have a thing for thicker noodles and I particularly love their spicy dan dan noodles (擔擔麵). Their noodles are chewy and their broth is meaty & flavorful (with a hint of peanut sauce). Also they use minimal MSG which is a big plus in my book. At $18 a bowl (add $10 for meat) I think this is a cheap, satisfying and tasty option.

Also another solid suggestion:

Nam Kee (南記): I tried this recently and their pork brisket noodles (小鍋豬腩肉米線) are surprisingly good. The star is really the pork brisket which is tasty and chewy. The noodles has good elasticity and the best part...there's a ton of it! The broth is slightly spicy and meaty which I liked as well. There are also bean sprouts to give it an added crunch. At $25 a bowl (it's a big one) it is quite a good deal. MSG seems minimal. On a cold day I think these noodles would really hit the spot.

Although there are good wonton noodle places (Mak's, Tasty etc) to me it's just not that satisfying for some reason. I also went to Kau Kee (九記) and their beef brisket noodles was tasty but way too much MSG. I love beef pho but I find most Vietnamese places (Lian, Nha Trang & Pearl) decent but not great.

So what are you suggestions for best noodles in Hong Kong?

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  1. Not a fan of dan dan noodles at Wing Lai Yuen. The best noodle I had is the current Crab Roe Noodle at Tin Heung Lau; it serves with the roes from hairy crab. Simply awesome; I just had it a few days ago. The server also claimed it is the most expensive noodle in town.

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    1. re: FourSeasons

      If there is a chance in the future, you should try 'my' version using crab roe and meat from both Maryland blue crab and west coast Dungeness crab. Surprisingly good when the roe and meat were first sauteed with Shiao Xing wine and premium soya. Awesome aroma and taste! Don't forget the white pepper!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        So it seems like the crab roe is like $1200 for the medium portion and $60/bowl of noodles. Four Seasons, is that what your ordered at Tin Heung Lau? Any other suggestions?

        Charles, sounds pretty damn nice. Got me all hungry now :p

        1. re: Charles Yu


          You make this yourself? Or do you get Tin Heung Lau to make it for you with Dungeness crab?

          1. re: mikey8811

            Made it myself every year during 'crab season'! Pity can't get top notch thin Shanghainese noodles in Toronto!
            Apart from using Shanghainese hairy crab, best alternative is to use 'roe Vietnamese she crab'. Tons of golden roe too!

      2. For wanton noodles in HK, this thread has garnered 145 postings since Charles Yu started it 2 1/2 years ago:

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        1. re: klyeoh

          I definitely like won ton noodles and have tried about 4-5 top rated places. The thing is...I just personally don't find won ton noodles all that satisfying even though it is tasty. Not sure why...

          Any other suggestions guys?

          1. re: big_apple_ken

            Traditional won-ton noodles should be dainty and small. People who eat them usually treat it more like a snack than something to fill up the stomach with. BTW, any outfit that dish out a bowl big enough to satisfy one's appetite is not worth going to. Its quality not quantity that counts! This is almost like some restaurant nowadays coming out with Har Gow the size of golf balls. Sheer travesty in the eyes of the real gourmand!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I guess it depends your approach. If you are eating won ton noodles at Mak's then yes it will be hard to get filled up unless you have at least 2 bowls. At Tasty (for example) I usually feel pretty full after 1 bowl. Unless they are giving you ridiculous least to me...the whole quality over quantity argument really doesn't apply.

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