Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tsim Chai Kee Noodle, Central, Hong Kong

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I was craving wanton noodles, and the first place I thought of was Tsim Chai Kee! Possibly cause they're so convenient for me, and probably also cause they're so value for money and my pockets were feeling just a little... empty(;

If you're here during lunch time, you'll witness the intimidating queue extending beyond the shopfront in a neat row. Thankfully, the queue moves fast, and you should find yourself seated in almost no time at all, albeit the fact that you'll probably be sharing tables with strangers. Efficiency is high here, and your noodles are normally served to you piping hot without much of a wait. I love the wanton noodles - It comes with 3 huge wantons stuffed silly with fresh prawns that retain their crunch. The beef noodles are also excellent, as the beef slices are incredibly tender (possibly due to baking soda though). The noodles itself are worthy of mention. "Al dente" with a firm bite to it, the texture of the noodle pleases. yum. It's nothing too fanciful, but for only HK$17 per bowl of noodles, Tsim Chai Kee certainly serves up good value(:

Wanton noodles, HK$17

If you observe closely, you'll notice that the locals like to eat their noodles dipped in vinegar. Vinegar is first poured into their spoons, the noodles are then dipped in the vinegar right before they eat it. This way, you get a hint of vinegar in your noodles without affecting the taste of your soup. Clever. I tried it and quite enjoyed this style of eating noodles. I've always been a fan of vinegar though. Try it and let me know if you like it?

P.S. If you want a comparison, or if you just can't get enough of wanton noodles, try Mak's Noodles. It's just across the street.

Tsim Chai Kee Noodle
Shop B, G/F Jade Centre
98 Wellington Street, Lan Kwai Fong,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2850 6471

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