[Hong Kong] In the search for Hong Kong’s best wonton noodles. Many would say Mak’s. My question would be: Which Mak’s?
Some would assume that any noodles named “Mak’s” would be the same. Isn’t it? Actually, no.
A little on Hong Kong wonton noodles history. The famed dish was brought over to Hong Kong by “wonton noodle” master Mak Woon-chi from Guangzhou. All the different variations of “Mak” branded noodles are run by various family members and disciples (I am just waiting the day someone makes a TVB drama out of this.)
The most known Mak’s Noodles at Wellington Central is run by grandson Chi-Ming, the founder’s eldest son opened Chung Kee Noodles, Mak An Kee at Wing Kut Street is by another grandson Mak Chi-chung, while Mak Siu Kee is operated by a grand daughter.
The roots of all can be traced back to the same master.
Mak Siu Kee Traditional Wonton Noodle at Tin Hau, Wanchai and Happy Valley has found its loyal following. A Hong Kong friend of mine preferred this over all the other Maks, and it is not difficult to understand why. The shop claims to stick to the most original family recipe.
A bowl for HK$35 (SGD$5.90) or HK$49 (SGD$8.30). The silver thread egg noodles are extremely thin and springy, firm to the bite with an agreeable slippery texture. While the noodles are not handmade and had a slight alkaline taste, I thought that was the thinnest and most al dente of them all.
Soup was on lighter side, simmered in the style of French bouillon and still flavoursome which could be sipped to the last drop. The bowl was small anyway. Wantons were also small, but had a good shrimp to pork ratio.
Mak Siu Kee Traditional Wonton Noodle may not be as in the radar as the other Maks, but they are certainly continuing to do their family proud. Definitely a Top 5 for me.
Mak Siu Kee Traditional Wonton Noodle 麥兆記雲吞麵
G/F, 61 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai 灣仔軒尼詩道61號地下
Tel: +852 2968 0633
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 1am
74B, Electric Road, Tin Hau 天后電氣道74號B地下
Tel: +852 2989 1638
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
G/F, 32 King Kwong Strret, Happy Valley 跑馬地景光街32號地下
Tel: +852 2893 2308
Opening Hours: 11am – 11:30pm