[Hong Kong] Kau Kee Restaurant (九記牛腩)
This is a bowl of Hong Kong’s arguably most famous beef brisket noodles, found in the heart of Sheung Wan, at Kau Kee Restaurant. Like Mak’s Noodle, it’s famous enough to boast its own (though less lengthy) wiki page and also own bragging rights to having customers like movie star Tony Leung (but alas, no star-spotting the day I was there).
I can’t really tell from appearance alone the potency of the soup. One spoonful and I was hooked. It was sooo rich. I read from my guidebook (Hong Kong Tram Guide) that the soup base is made from beef ribs and brisket juices. The good stuff are cooked in a giant pot, which is as tall as a man and is kept on a simmer day and night to cook the 400 pounds of brisket served daily. Although there are mixed reviews on openrice, this is easily one of the best beef brisket noodles I have eaten. Maybe I’m easily satisfied.
Love the chilli sauce, which is spicy like Mak’s Noodle Goes really well with the beef brisket.
Curry Beef Brisket and Beef Tendon in Curry Sauce 咖哩牛筋腩伊麵
Besides clear broth, you can choose curry sauce. The spicy kick is definitely there, though we prefer the clear broth. Maybe it will be more comforting in winter.
Kau Kee Restaurant 九記牛腩
Address: G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
Walking Directions: Sheung Wan MTR, Exit A2
地址 : 中環歌賦街21號地下
Open on Mon- Sat 1230pm – 1030pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
I read about the infamous long queues especially during peak lunch hours. So my strategy was to go on a Saturday (they are closed on Sun) coz I reckon that like the CBD area in Singapore, the place will be quieter on weekdays. It seems I’m lucky again, just like at Tim Ho Wan. I went at 7pm and the above photo was the scene. No wait under the blistering sun, well in fact no wait at all, and I was happily slurping on my noodles 5 minutes later.
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