My first meal in Hong Kong

November 3, 2016 • 11:00 am

I’ve been under the weather the past few days, with a sore throat that turned into a nasty cold with a hacking cough. Fortunately, I wasn’t too ill to do my events in Singapore, but now I’m resting for a day. And, mirabile dictu (have you learned that phrase yet?), one of my hosts here told me that one of the best beef brisket noodle joints in Hong Kong was right around the corner from my hotel.

I ventured out, and after a three minute walk was at Kau Kee, which specializes in this dish:


Tons of beef brisket in a rich broth loaded with chewy E-Fu noodles. What a treat! Within seconds I was slurping the noodles with the locals (contrary to the link above, there were no tourists there). You don’t linger in a place like this: with a Chinese soup spoon in one hand and chopsticks in the other, you slurp, gobble, pay, and run.

Here’s a video of the two most famous brisket noodle places in Hong Kong, including Kau Kee:

I’m jumping the gun as I haven’t finished my Singapore food posts yet, but this is a one-off.

23 thoughts on “My first meal in Hong Kong

  1. Oh man, I want that. Looking at that picture I can almost smell it. My lunch today sucks.

    My 1st visit to Japan a friend took my wife and I to a famous noodle shop somewhere in Shinjuku. Mine was spicy, which I like. But my friend didn’t inform us about certain differences that USians might not be prepared for. Like it is not unusual for Japanese food places to not have napkins (or toilets toilet paper, but that’s another story).

    So about half way through my face is covered in noodle broth, keeping in mind that it’s impolite to NOT slurp your noodles, my nose is starting to run freely from the spiciness and I’ve got nothing to wipe the snot and noodle broth off my face with. I felt like the proverbial snot nosed kid in a high chair wearing half his food.

    The noodles were damn good though.

    1. “Like it is not unusual for Japanese food places to not have … (or toilets toilet paper, but that’s another story).”

      I thought that only happened in eastern Europe…

    2. My sister-in-law always says of Japan: “If you see a noodle shop with a line out the door, Get In That Line!, even if you are not hungry.” The ramen is that good!

  2. So, according to my Chinese husband, it is very hard to get the best noodles outside of China. We eat in Flushing all the time which has some of the best Chinese food in the world, but, according to him, the noodles still pale in comparison. Count yourself among the lucky on this day.

  3. You must have the Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung! And go for formerly the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world (now 2nd cheapest I think), Tim Ho Wan for dim sum.

    1. Yes! Xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung is THE BEST! My wife and I go for ours in Taipei, near the wonderful Eslite bookstore. Yes, yes, yes…Din Tai Fung’s Xiao long bao! Great hot-and-sour soup too.

  4. I travel to Taiwan often. Their version of this noodle soup is one of my favorites. Very few places in North America can even come close, so you gotta load up on it while there.

    1. You’ll be happy to know that that expression is called ‘supine in u’. Lamentabile dictu, I find the occasions for the latter expression far too numerous lately.

  5. Dear Prof:
    Have a look st today’s South China Mornong Post section C12-13 for some interesting food choices. I’d second the recommendation of “Hutong”, 1 Peking Road Kowloon, though it’s sometimes a bit of style over substance. Still, elegant and great views.
    By the way SCMP published a letter of mine today….
    Cheers, wishing you well soon, and hope you enjoy what is now my home town.
    Peter Forsythe

    1. I think Hutong is more for the ambience and view so you’re paying top dollars for household Sichuan dishes. But I’d strongly recommend Aqua Spirit, the bar just one level up from Hutong, excellent almost-360-degree-views like you are drinking in mid-air.

      For an authentic Sichuan dinner experience, Sijie Sichuan in Causeway Bay (near Times Square) would be great; a popular spot for both locals and expats; booking in advance needed. San Xi Lou in Central is also excellent.


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