Thursday, March 27, 2008

HK Day 1 (Lunch) - MAK'S NOODLE @ CHINA HONG KONG CITY

I noticed that whenever I take a morning AirAsia flight, it never fails to impress me with their punctuality. In fact, we arrived in Macau ahead of our scheduled time. From Macau airport, we immediately took a taxi to the ferry terminal for the next ferry to Hong Kong. Everything took us less than 30 mins. Good, cos I was super hungry by then and just couldn't wait to have my late lunch in Hong Kong. We arrived at the Hong Kong China Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui close to 3.30 p.m. While Hubby suggested that we should check into our hotel first, I protested. I am glad that everyone else protested too. We were lucky as the ferry terminal is located inside the China Hong Kong City, the commercial complex I mentioned in my previous post where I took photos of those Easter cupcakes. So our hunger problem was solved almost immediately. We went to the Gourmet Express, a foodcourt which offers a wide variety of cuisine.

My eyes were set on the Mak's Noodle stall, a very famous Guangdong restaurant which specialising in Wantan Noodle. I heard so much good reviews about this restaurant so I knew I have to try it out myself. I ordered the Wantan and SuiKow Noodle priced at HKD25 (if I am not mistaken). Serving size was extremely small, the bowl is just slightly bigger than the usual rice bowl. The amount of noodle is probably half the portion of what we usually get in Malaysia. I devoured it in just a few bites but it was good. The egg noodles was really crunchy, something that we can't find in Malaysia. I simply love the big, fat juicy wantan and suikow which was packed with minced pork and big shrimps. The suikow has got earwood fungus which gave it extra crunch. The soup was good too and I was told that dried flounder powder is added for extra sweetness. Needless to say, I finished the whole bowl till the last drop!

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Hubby, as usual, is so predictable. I spotted Braised Beef Noodle on the menu and I knew that would be Hubby's choice. True enough, he ordered it and it was a perfect choice too. The beef brisket was tender. The gravy from the beef gave an extra ommphh to the already-very-perfect broth.
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Brother-in-law and Hubby was eyeing on the Boiled Pork Kidney and Liver topped with aromatic spring onions served with spicy soy dipping sauce. I dare not try since I still could not overcome the fear of putting a pork liver into my mouth. From their contented look, I knew it must be good.
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Brother-in-law ordered a bowl of sliced beef porridge which was really good. They must have boiled it for hours to achieve such smooth consistency. The beef was soft and tender too. Comforting to the stomach indeed.
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I was too hungry and the noodle failed to fill me up. Since the porridge was good, I went and ordered another bowl to share with Hubby. I had the Sampan Porridge (Teng Chai Chuk) which came with a variety of condiments such as sliced jellyfish, sliced cuttlefish, fish slices, peanuts and scallions. It was just as good as the beef porridge. NICE! Mak8

What a wonderful start to our trip in Hong Kong....*grin*.

Mak's Noodle outlets are located at:
Central - Ground Floor, 77 Wellington Street, HK
Causeway Bay - Ground Floor, 44 Jardine's Bazaar, HK
Olympic - Shop K9, Ground Floor, OC X'Press, Olympian City 2, Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui - Shop No.C03, 2nd Floor (Arrival Hall), China Hong Kong City, No. 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

35 comments:

daphne said...

oh my. That bowl of wantan noodles and beef brisket certainly made me sit up. Lovely first start to your HK trip!

tigerfish said...

Agree agree agree. The noodles in HK is so nice right? Totally different back in SE Asia. I am visiting HK again and may try Mak's this time.
The last time I tried Mak Man Kee at Jordan. Also nice. :D

~Christine~Leng said...

small portion? I remember I can't finish it the last time I'm in HK. maybe it's another stall ;P
the sui kow looks huge and wanton with the whole prawn inside :)so tempting!

Live2Talk said...

i feel like eating a good bowl of porridge after seeing all those pix especially the teng chai chuk :P

Precious Pea said...

daphne: Signature dish of Hong Kong! :)

tigerfish: At first i thought Mak Man kei is same as this one. But i guess in Hong Kong, everywhere you order Wantan Noodle also better than in KL. Am so bias hor? Hehehe.

christine: The noodle is like half of our normal portion here. I did a quick search and found this in wikipedia:

"Its name in Chinese 麥奀記 would read "Mak's stingy noodles", an apparently reference to the stingy portions served in small bowls, devourable in a few bites. The small serving bowls keep the noodles from going soggy".

live2talk: Sadly, the only porridge we could get for lunch here is from McD.

kennymah said...

Hehehe, see -- I become smart liao. Now I dare come to your blog before lunch only. So won't be starving after this cos can head straight to makan.

But I doubt the restaurants near my office is anywhere close to this level of HK-yumminess... :(

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

tt liver dish looks good *slurp*, everything looks good! next time, instead of Mak, try Jim Jei Gei in front of Mak's on Wellington St(i have a post on tt) which has wontons twice as big as Mak's (Mak is Mak Ngen Gei in Cantonese, and HKers poke fun at the middle name, ngen, bc it means 'lean' n it descibes their teeny-tiny wontons), even more tasty, n tt's where the locals go bc Mak is more for tourists now.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

not bad wor..the last time i had wanton mee in hk a few yrs ago, the price still around there..

wah beef brisket also would be my default choice!

Hazza said...

Bowls did look small when I saw the spoon in it, in comparison. But the shui kow looked rather upmarket and not the regular plain ones I have had before. I'd have two or three bowls if I was there!

mama bok said...

Keep it coming ..PP..! i sure miss hong kong alot..!

ling239 said...

the SuiKow looks so good ah... ^_^

a feast, everyday said...

tts at least i had and i also very bias - any wanton in HK is better than those we get here in m'sia. I refuse 2 eat any in m'sia.

Imbi & Itchy said...

oh! I didn't know they have so many outlets. I tried their noodle, but was not the one in original location hence I though it was not the one hehehe. Nice right ? I love it too.

ka..t said...

Next time when I need to book airasia tickets, must get advice from you on which flight is the best!! :D

I heard they are flying to HK direct now?

J2Kfm said...

wow the sui kow looks so tempting la! HK food though leans towards the expensive realm, but seems to be generally good and generous portion. Dying to go to HK la...

I;ve tagged u, is that ok?

Jason said...

Although small portion, but at least it's good :)

JOjo said...

The bowl of porridge definitely looks smooth and tasty~ When can i set foot in HK???!!! *whinning*

♥ ♡ Alvin ♡ ♥ said...

my saliva already dripping~~~ sliced beef porridge looks really silky ah!!

ai wei said...

that sui kow is really LARGE! must be a wonderful trip u had. now i m waiting for ur next post. hehe

durianberry said...

The sui kow & wantan look really delicious! HK porridge is so different from what you can get here. If this is the beginning, I can't wait to see what more to come.. start drooling already :P

The Cooking Ninja said...

wow! That bowl of wanton is to die for. Look at that size of wanton ... yum yum

Cynthia said...

An early-morning flight that arrives on time? Now that is a treasure.

The food as always is inspiring and makes me long to taste it.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

omg i want all of em! Sedapnye....*slurps slurps slurps*

aih in HK cincai one food court also have so good food.

Food heaven indeed.

Jun said...

even tho serving size may be small, the suikow sure were big!

good la serving size small-- can eat more that way haha...

wmw said...

Beef Brisket! Waiting to see other goodies ;o)

Raynebow said...

Wow...the wantan noodles certainly look scrumptious and the Teng Chai chook must be yummy too! That's one of my favourites!!

christine said...

terribly tempting..porky lover would love it..the wantan is so huge...i think chopstick noodle house also cant compare with it..

Simon Seow said...

Nothing beats the Wantan mee in HK, you just can't find it anywhere else that can match it.

I like pork kidney and not liver.

Jackson said...

hehe...this will be a useful guide for me in May

teckiee said...

Precious Pea... so long never see u already ... i miss u la... i wished u were in SS2 ...

Jessica said...

oooo my hubby would love the porridge!

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mimi said...

HK foods always like that small portion? They are all small eater?

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Julian Si said...

Just had this in HK 3 weeks ago , uber-good :-) Simple, perfection!

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