Mak’s vs Tsim – The 2 Best Wanton Noodles in Hong Kong

Mak's vs Tsim - The 2 Best Wanton Noodles in Hong Kong
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Is it chance that two of Hong Kong’s best wanton noodle shops are right opposite one another? They should probably do a rivalry love movie on Mak’s Noodle 麥奀雲吞麵世家 vs Tsim Chai Kee 沾仔记. (To be fair, Singapore also has our own version of Hua Kee vs Cho Kee at Old Airport Road.)

Let’s have a look at Mak’s. How many wanton mee shops you know are on Wikipedia? The founder Mak Woon-chi has served this dish to Chiang Kai-shek. Even Anthony Bourdain has tried this legendary noodles. It better be good.

For the hungry hippos, you may need to note that the serving bowls are very small, tinier than a rice bowl. The small bowls are said to keep the noodles from going soggy. Even at a pricey HK30 (SGD$4.75), I am not complaining.

Because after I tried it, I have to tell you THIS is the BEST wanton noodles I ever had in my LIFE. The noodles are springy thin, as though they can go through needles. And the soup base made of powdered dried shrimp, flounder and pork bones makes such a punch. The wanton skin is oh so thin and slips down your throat. The skin wraps around a full fresh chunky prawn. Why can’t local stores do the same?

I left the shop, all satisfied, for round number two right opposite.

Tsim Chai Kee served just noodles with three different toppings – shrimp wonton, beef slices, or fish ball. If you are going to be hungry, greedy, or as half-hearted as I was, then opt for the all-in-one noodle soup. For just HK$25 (SGD$3.95). It’s cheaper than Mak’s, had a classier interior, more crowded, and had a bigger portion.

And I told myself, THIS is the one of the BEST wanton noodles I ever had in my LIFE.

The dilemma. So which is better? If you like variety and something more flavourful, then Tsim Chai Kee’s the choice. But simple and homely Mak’s good enough for me.

Mak’s Noodle, G/F, 77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11am – 10pm

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Comments

  1. I like This

  2. Where is an exact location for Tsim Chai Kee?
    What is the nearly MRT station and the exit no.

    Thanks

  3. It’s at Wellington Street near Central MTR. About a 10min walk from the MTR.

  4. @Priscias Mak’s Wanton Mee! http://t.co/l1TGp9LY

  5. Thanks for the info. Will be finding my way their next time, hunting for Wanton.
    Just sharing my homemade wanton!
    http://grightnow.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/big-plate-heaviest-meal-on-earth-wanton/
    Cheers

  6. I did both today. I did the opposite and went for tsim first. Overall, I would go for Tsim. Portion size was good and the wontons were bigger, prawns juicier and not overcooked. They appeared to be well matched on the noodles and Tsim won on the soup marginally. I was not a massive fan of the overly shrimp fragrant broth at Mak’s.

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