[Hong Kong] Wonton Noodles with Michelin Star? Yes, Ho Hung Kee is one of the few Wonton Noodles shop that is actually awarded the One Michelin Star. You would have thought only fine dining restaurants would get accolades like that.
Founded in 1946, Ho Hung Kee has only one branch at Causeway Bay, refusing to open more to maintain high standards and quality. [Updated: Ho Hung Kee has moved to nearby 1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, with a spankier decor and increased prices.]
I expected to wait for a long time on a weekend – surprisingly it took me 15 minutes before I was shepherded upstairs, to sit with two Hong Konger ladies who appeared frightful of my camera.
The food: House Speciality Wonton Noodle in Soup (HK$33), Sliced Beef Fried Rice Noodles (HK$69), and Liver Congee with Intestines and Meatball Congee (HK$45). They even have Rice Vermicelli Singapore style (HK$69) but you can probably give it a miss. Singaporeans seem to love dry versions of noodles, but in Hong Kong, you should really go for the soupy ones.
So is Ho Hung Kee deserving of its Michelin Star?
The signature Wonton Noodles is really quite exceptional. My friend says it is the best he ever had. I say it’s probably second to Mak’s . You may beg to differ. (I did eat five different wonton noodles this trip.)
The noodles are thin, really thin and springy. The ‘seven-parts shrimp, three-parts pork’ wontons had addition of ‘wood ear’ fungus within, delicious though small – can be fuller and better.
The Pork Meatball Congee (HK$40) is wah wah wah wah smooth, soft-textured, tasty, top notch quality… it is beyond words. You probably cannot even feel the texture of rice because it is so smooth, and the handmade fresh meatballs are wonderfully appetising. Finally real meatballs in my congee, not factory made ones.
I hear that the pork-lard fried Sliced Beef Fried Rice Noodles is the best thing here, that even food guru Chua Lam is full of praises. And what luck I have, it was sold out! Have you tried Ho Hung Kee’s Beef Noodles, is it really THAT good?
Ho Hung Kee Congee and Noodle Shop 何洪记
[New Address] 1204-1205 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
[Old Address] 2 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit A, turn right to Matheson St and walk for about 3 min, diagonally opposite G.O.D), Tel: 852 2577 6558
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm