Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HK Day 2 (Lunch) - TAI LEE BEEF BRISKET

After the satisfying dim sum breakfast, we proceeded with our plan to have seafood lunch at Lamma Island. While we were walking to the nearest MTR station to catch a train to the ferry terminal, we were distracted a couple of times by our second passion; SHOPPING! All the shops were opened since it was almost noon. Within 10 minutes, I was holding two shopping bags containing 3 bottles of perfume, a roller brush and a gadget to get rid of dogs fur.

We got carried away with the shopping and since it would be quite late by the time we reach Lamma Island, and also pitying my sis (and I) who would like to have more shopping time instead, bro-in-law decided to call the plan off. To compensate for the change in plan, we followed Hubby's friend recommendation instead; Clear Beef Brisket Noodle at Tin Hau. According to his friend, he said that this place is a must go as it serves excellent beef brisket.

We discovered that there are two shops side-by-side offering beef noodle in which the queue was equally long! The one recommended by Hubby's friend is called "Tai Lee Clear Brisket Soup" whereas the next door is called "Wah Jie or Sister Wah". While queuing, I spotted some write-ups about this place in Chinese and Japanese.
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My immediate reaction was "Let's try Tai Lee and then hop over next door to Wah Jie" and they actually have the same thought in mind too! From the outside, the shop looked big and spacious but in actual fact, it was narrow and cramp. There are not more than 10 tables and sharing table seems to be a norm here. We have to wait a little longer for a bigger table to fit 6 of us, in actual fact, the table can only accommodate 4. Once seated, practically you can feel your back touching the back of another diner seated behind you. Yes, that is how cramp it is.
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The wonderful beefy aroma coming from the beef brisket and radish fills the air, now I wonder if that is a sign of lack of ventilation, but whatever it is I just LOVE it! All of us had a bowl of the famous clear beef brisket soup. My bowl of egg noodle came with generous amount of tender brisket and beef stomach. While the texture of the noodle, brisket and stomach was excellent, the soup however was not as good as I expected it to be. It was sweet yet not rich and beefy enough. I would still rate the unforgettable beef noodle I had in Bangkok the best!
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As for my nephew, my bro-in-law ordered a bowl of noodle with seaweed and assorted meatball; cuttlefish, fish and beef. According to my sis, the cuttlefish balls were really good. Now, how come I didn't get a bite?
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I am really upset now as I discovered I did not take a picture of my favourite dish at this place. It was a bowl of radish which was cooked in the beef broth till it absorbs all the flavour. Yummy!

We were really stuffed (no kidding) after this meal so we didn't hop over to the next shop as planned earlier. I wouldn't say that this place is highly recommended but if you happen to be around that area, why not?

Tai Lee Beef Brisket is located at:
Address: 15 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Direction: MTR to Tin Hau Station. Take A2 exit and walk towards Electric Road

25 comments:

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

ivy, u r as crazy as me. we were on our way to dinner hosted by a friend but i had to eat my fav wonton which was around the area. so we ate there (Jim jai kee on Wellington--best!!) n i still jumped over to Mak ngan kee for another bowl just to check it out. of cos by the time we sat down for the real din, i couldn't eat much anymore...am noting all the places u recommending cos once Ming is done with his A Levels, we are freeeeee to go travelling!n eating!

daphne said...

haha..that was really an eating trip huh?

ling239 said...

sotong ball in beef noodle... there is something diff

sc said...

wasted that the soup is not as good..my all time favourite beef noodles would be the one in Ho chi minh. btw, tummythoz and i are joining you, i sent you an email..tak dapat ke? ;) anyways, let us know the time of the dinner? thanks!

tigerfish said...

Funny - we go HK never tried any beef noodles with tripe, or stomach. Only feasted on Ngau Nam Meen...:p
very yummy

Hazza said...

Beef tripe in the noodles too! Not had that for a long time! I am wondering how you can finish breakfast at lunchtime, and then still have the stomach space to go for lunch!

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow! nice blog.. talk about rubbing backs with the neighbours.. !

Precious Pea said...

terri: Hahaha...HIGH 5! Well, i guess it is a rational thing to do when one is on holiday, cos whenever i say i shall return the next day to try it, it will never happen. But too bad, tummy space still has its limitation.
Ooohh..so you planning to go Hong Kong again? When?

daphne: Actually, there are nothing much to do in Hong Kong except eating and shopping and more eating and more shopping. Hehehe.

sc: The soup tasted really mild and not beefy as I would expect it to be. Ooo..i would love to try the authentic version in Ho Chi Minh. And just a while ago, i spotted special offer by AirAsia. Aiyoo...temptingnya!! I got your email saying that you yet to confirm..but anyway, see you and Tummy next Tues yah!

tigerfish: But those tripes and stomach are available at most shop i visited but I guess you have to tell them to add those spare parts, otherwise it would be pure brisket.

hazza: Well, this is what i call 'pigging ourself out'. For your information, we are not like that all the time except when we are on holiday, trying to make the most out of the trip. Haha!

Precious Pea said...

cumi & ciki: Thanks! Hahaha! Luckily i was seated with my back facing the glass window.

Jun said...

for some reason i have the impression tht u like beef noodles a lot?

Cokeworld Citizen said...

wah u sure have a beef-ed up trip :P nasi goreng lembu, mee sup lembu...when is the roast cow coming in? XD teehehe

haiyoh if i go there dun care la, stomach ke, tendon ke, tripe ke, all wallop masuk my perut betul ady heh heh heh....

After reading a while on ur hk trip, why din share since there are 6 of u. 3 bowls at Tai Lee and another 3 at Wah Jie. Can eat more like dat ;)

Precious Pea said...

jun: It's not me, it's my Hubby who is absolutely crazy over beef and its spare parts. I can live with or without it but wouldn't mind it at all if i come across a yummy bowl of beef noodle. *grin*

cokeworld citizen: Haha...tak ada lembu bakar la..itu very westernized oledi. Go HK must eat Chinese food. Ya ya..i can imagine you piggin yourself out too. As for your question on sharing, well, each of us have our own preference for noodle...dad wants meehoon, i wanted egg noodle, bro-in-law wanted flat egg noodle, hubby wanted hor fun...how to share like that?

Nic (KHKL) said...

"Let's try Tai Lee and then hop over next door to Wah Jie"

foodie spirit at its finest! haha! i lurve the curry beef noodles in hk!

Kazumi said...

Weeee~ shopping n food is what Hong Kong is famous for and ya get to experience them both! *envy* :P

Cokeworld Citizen said...

XD haha like dat susah la...HK serving portion not big?

The name ady Tai Lee Clear Brisket Soup, you expect they serve u thick soup? Probably thats the beauty of the soup, being clear yet flavourful. Not easy to achieve leh.

You guys have to appreciate all the space at ur favourite noodle stalls in KL cuz they will be 10X larger than what u experience at Tai Lee, lolz.

Precious Pea said...

nic(khkl): Not gluttony spirit meh? Hehe. I never tried curry beef noodle before but Hubby had it once at one of those run down char chan teng and he said the soup tasted like instant noodle type. Any good ones you recommend?

kazumi: Yes, am indeed very lucky to have eating and shopping companions on this trip.

Jason said...

Beef-dominated trip!

kennymah said...

Seriously, seriously, you've gotta take me along the next time on one your gastronomic tours... I'll wrap up nicely in one of your luggage. Serious. Please? :)

Precious Pea said...

jason: Mooooooooo.....

cokeworld: It was clear alright but not rich enuff lor the flavour. Haha..yes, KL so much more spacier, making it harder to accidentally bump into the lengjai behind, if there is one. LOL!!!

kenny: I seriously think the floggers should organise a makan trip, so far, all talk only but so hard to find a date suitable for all. Am going to Macau again this June but with family and in-laws...hahaha..wanna come?

Hubby said...

Yep, I love beef alot... Esp beef noodles la, stew beef la, beef steak la, satay daging la, beef rendang la etc...

I heard taiwan beef noodle is good too... in Taiwan. Hmmm...

Jun said...

precious pea, taiwan girls oso pretty sweet and hot and very "teh" hor, so make sure hubby only have eyes for beef noodles over thr-- and u, of cors! ;p

Cokeworld Citizen said...

taiwan beef noodles...yumz...its different from any other beef noodles you have tried. It's more sourish and has thicker flavour because of all the carrots,turnips and tomato *slurps slurps* very appetising.

Simon Seow said...

Next Station, Tin Hau.

Wah, the beef brisket noodle really looks yummy. I'll borrow money from Ah Long Pte to go Hong Kong this year.

mama bok said...

I sure missed hong kong's noodles.. :)

Precious Pea said...

Hubby: Moooo...Moooo...sounds familiar? Kekeke...

Jun: Aiyah..that one i no need worry. As I always told Hubby "If i don't want you, nobody want you oledi".

cokeworld citizen: With hamchoy too! Slurp slurp! But i still like the viet style..clear and flavourful.

simon: Haha..aiyo...go HK also need to borrow from Ah Long meh?? Airasia flying to HK oledi ...so look out for discount fare lah!

mamabok: Awww..me too!

 

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