[Hong Kong] A decade and a half ago when I was visiting Hong Kong and checking out the food guides (during the early-internet days when information was still sketchy and you still depended on a guide book for travel information), Good Hope Noodles 好旺角粥麵專家 popped up in many guides as the must-eat noodles shop for tourists.
Yet somehow I’ve managed to miss trying it, despite it being on my list every single time I visited Hong Kong.
Recently, while looking for a good noodles shop at Sai Yee Street Mongkok, I was happy to find out that this 47 years old establishment is still around.
In fact they have moved and expanded to 2 outlets in Mongkok now – one in Fa Yuen Street and the other along Sai Yee Street.
Although not using the traditional bamboo pole method to knead the noodles but using a machine, every batch of noodles are prepared fresh at the front of the shop.
What is interesting is they also have the thicker noodles variety (similar to our mee pok) on top of the classic vermicelli-thin noodles typically served for the Cantonese-style Wanton Mee.
Standing at their entrance, you will be greeted by the smell of boiling broth as you watch how the noodles and congee are prepared from their open kitchen.
The shop is rather spacious for a Hong Kong eatery and the newly decorated shop also strayed away from looking too commercialized but retains its traditional feel.
I had the Soup Wanton Noodles (HKD37, SGD6.50) and the Dry Wanton Noodles (HKD50, SGD8.60).
Their noodles are springy and al dente. I also like that Good Hope’s noodles do not have a strong alkaline taste, unlike some other shops’.
I thought I would enjoy the dry version better as I typically don’t enjoy egg noodles in soup as they tend to get soggy but I was pleasantly surprised that their noodles soup was much tastier.
Their wantons were juicy and had a fair amount of shrimps in them.
As for their famed 炸酱面 Braised Noodle With Shredded Pork and Special Sauce (HKD37, SGD6.50), I would recommend going easy on the fermented bean paste sauce that would be served separately.
It can be tasty but also be quite strong.
The thicker noodles had a very nice springy texture to it; I see now why it came highly recommended.
I really enjoyed their silky smooth Congee with Meatballs (HKD37, SGD6.50) and it would be very hard to decide between the wanton noodles or the congee if I had the appetite for only one dish.
I like that their noodles were served in substantial portions as compared to the popular Mak’s Noodles with their shrinking bowl sizes.
Good broth, springy noodles and fresh wanton – these are the three considerations for a good bowl of wanton noodles.
For me, Good Hope’s noodles met all 3 criteria, with the 4th one being good value for money.
Good Hope Noodle 好旺角粥麵專家
123 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2393 9036
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 12:00am Daily
Google Maps – Good Hope Noodle
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* Written by DFD’s Hong Kong Correspondent @kara_the_explorer, who is the Singaporean “tai tai” living the foodie dream in Hong Kong. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.