I was surprised to discover that other than the ubiquitous instant noodles that can be found in almost any cha chaan teng in Hong Kong, they actually do have a variety of other options to choose from! Here are three that I tried, and you could consider checking them out on your next visit to HK:
1. Mak’s Noodles
Hong Kong is well-known for its wanton noodles as well, and Mak’s Noodles is the most famous of them all. You squeeze into your seats in the restaurant and are greeted with a plethora of choices on the diverse menu. Most people would tend to zoom in on the wanton noodles, which is served in a tiny bowl which does not justify its price in my opinion. HK’s wanton noodles is springy, and Mak’s does this well. I’m not quite a fan of this kind of noodles, so what stood out for me was the wantons, which had a delicate skin encasing a fat, juicy prawn. Would I pay for this again? Nope. But there are many people who love is as much as I don’t, so give it a try and decide for yourself!
Address: G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Open daily 11am-9pm
2. Sister Wah Beef Brisket
This place requires a bit of travelling as it is all the way at a corner of the MTR line at Tin Hau station. They’re famous for their beef brisket noodles among a selection of others as well! The beef brisket lived up to its reputation of being perfectly tender – the soft bones were stewed for so long that they were of a jelly-like texture and absolutely delicious! I loved the dan dan noodles as well, which had a delicious, piquant broth. And to add some variety, you can order a serving of the chilled drunken chicken, which had been generously steeped in rice wine and was very flavourful.
Address: G/F, 13A Electric Road
MTR: Tin Hau
Open daily 11am-11pm
3. Sun Kee Cheese Noodles
Does the amount of cheese look scary to you? It did to me, but trust me on this – it’s 100% delicious, and so addictive that you’ll forget the creaminess, or rather, grow to embrace it. It’s instant noodles, sure. But only Sun Kee can make it taste SO GOOD. That cheese, egg and braised pork cheek all together in a bowl is comfort food that hits all the right spots. The pork cheek is beautifully soft and nearly melts in the mouth. And the savoury flavour of the cheese really makes it super palatable. You have to try it to know it!
Address: Champagne Court, Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Open daily 7.30am-3pm
Address: 3 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
Open daily 7.30am-11pm
There’s also Kau Kee Beef Noodles and Sheng Heung Yuen tomato noodles which I haven’t had the chance to try on my trips. Let me know if I should, or what else you would recommend!