[Hong Kong] Wing Wah Noodle Shop 永華麵家 has been reported to close soon, with its last date of operation set on the 31st of August.
This is after 68 years of being in the business.
The 3rd generation owner Tse Sau-Hong commented that she was “feeling old and wanted to retire” and that business has fallen after the Immigration Department moved their offices away from Wan Chai.
Long queues are expected.
Wing Wah Noodle Shop 永華麵家 located at Hennessy Road, Wan Chai has been in operations for more than 50 years. Perhaps still slightly under the radar, at least for tourists.
(Note: Not to be confused with the other Wing Wah 榮華 known for their cookies.)
It was only after I entered the shop, then I realised it was also awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Hong Kong Michelin Guide.
The noodles are still made by hand, kneaded using bamboo upstairs.
Interestingly, the “live kitchen” cooking area located near the entrance was half-covered by magazine articles of their accolades, perhaps to avoid people from prying inside.
The Shrimp Wanton Noodles at HK$44 (SGD7.40, USD5.60) is also one of their priciest around, for a humble-looking shop of this nature.
Other items on the menu included Shrimp Dumpling Noodles (HK$46), Braised Pig Knuckle (HK$48), Hot Chilli Sauce with Sliced Pork Noodle (HK$48) – I heard this was one of the best items here from the grapevine, and Braised Beef Tendon & Brisket Noodles (HK$80).
The hot, piping bowl of Wanton Noodles soon arrived on the table just moments after ordering. I looked at the simplicity of it, with dumplings ‘buried’ under the noodles.
Took a few shots, and quickly took a bit of the noodles…
The egg noodles were really delicious stuff. It was cooked so al dente with a springy texture I never had before. I could use the word “crunchy” to describe its mouth-fee.
Well, I could imagine some people complaining that the noodles were hard, but I thought that was the beauty.
The soup was clear and tasty, the bite-sized wontons with minced pork and shrimp were not bad, but truth be told nothing to shout about.
It was all about the noodles – a class of its own.
Wing Wah Noodle Shop永華麵家
89 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai (Wan Chai MTR Station Exit B1)
Tel: +852 2527 7476
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 1:30am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Wing Wah Noodle Shop 永華麵家
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