Itacho Sushi has opened a Hong Kong Wonton Noodle shop called, emm… Hong Kong Wonton Noodle. The team probably did not have time to brainstorm for a more creative name.
Taking over the shop space previously occupied by Carl’s Junior, the Hong Kong based Taste of Japan Group endeavors to deliver authentic HK style noodles.
The usual staples are available – Prawn Dumpling Noodle ($7.80 for both soup and dry), Stewed Beef Brisket Noodle, Dry Shrimp Seed Noodle ($6.80). We also spotted Chicken Feet with Mushroom ($7.80) and Pig’s Trotter in Red Fermented Beancurd Sauce Dry Noodle ($7.80).
I was however, disappointed to see no roasted meats anywhere on the menu.
Authentic Hong Kong wonton noodles is characterised by springy noodles, wontons filled with fresh shrimps and pork, and dry fish soup base.
When the bowl of noodles arrived, we couldn’t stop wondering, “Why is there such a fishy taste to the soup?”
This version is at most ordinary. While the noodles were thin and springy, the dumplings were small and soup had an unpleasant alkaline aftertaste.
But you might be comforted to know that the bowls are bigger here (compared to competitor Mak’s) and you don’t have to order two portions to be full.
The Dry Stewed Beef Brisket Dry Noodle ($7.80) fared much better, spared being in that soup, and had tender brisket pieces in an appetising sauce.
It was a decent plate, but still a far-cry from other good versions found in Hong Kong.
To answer that question that many would be asking: The noodles over at Mak’s, are unfortunately better.
Hong Kong Wonton Noodle
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #B2-25 Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6694 0923
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun). Closed between lunch and dinner times.