Dear fellow tasters,
Wonton noodle is probably one of Hong Kong’s must-try food item. Lucky for me during my Hong Kong trip, my friend and I unintentionally stumbled upon this noodle shop when we were wandering around Wellington Street in Central district. One reason we decided to try it was because I noticed the Michelin Bib Gourmand sign outside the restaurant, indicating “good food at moderate prices”. Another reason was looking at how customers were jam-packed inside the not-so-spacious dining area. I suppose all of them didn’t eat there for no reason at all.
Tsim Chai Kee’s menu couldn’t look simpler. There was wonton noodle, of course. In Tsim Chai Kee’s case, it was king prawn wonton noodle, the one that I ordered. Then there were two alternative toppings, the fresh minced fish ball and fresh sliced beef. There was also an option for two toppings noodle and for those who want to try all, the three toppings noodle, which my friend was having. The last two items on the menu were vegetable with soy oyster and soft drinks. That was all. Straightforward unpretentious food.
Taste wise, the thin stringy noodle was delicious, soaked in the briny and savory bouillon. The wonton was so much bigger than the average-sized ones found elsewhere. Packed inside the skin were chunks of sweet crunchy king prawns. Tasted just superb! I did get a bite of my friend’s fish ball and sliced beef and although my favorite was definitely the wonton, they were also quite tasty. The fresh minced fish balls (also supersized) were not like the white bouncy stuffs you can find in supermarkets, but made from coarsely ground fish. Meanwhile, the brownish beef slices were well seasoned and quite tender.
For 20 HKD (around 23k rupiahs) for the king prawn wonton noodle and 28 HKD (around 32k rupiahs) for the three toppings noodle, those bowls of noodle were quite cheap. Just for the king prawn wontons alone, I will go back there, should I have a chance.
Enjoy your wonton noodle!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – king prawn wonton noodle
What to try next time – more wonton noodles
Damage 20 HKD for wonton noodle, 28 HKD for three toppings noodle
Tsim Chai Kee 沾仔记
Shop B, G/F Jade Center, 98 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2850 6471