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[Hong Kong] Mak’s Noodle

Wonton noodles from Mak's Noodles, Hong Kong
A bowl of Hong Kong’s (arguably) most famous wonton noodles 雲吞麺 HK$28

This is a bowl of wonton noodles from the famous Mak’s Noodles (麥奀雲吞麵世家), originating from Guangzhou. So famous, that this restaurant even has its own Wiki page. So famous, even Anthony Bourdain had raved about it (check out the youtube vid via teczcape). Some believe that they serve the best wonton noodles in Hong Kong. If this is your first time, you may be surprised at the mini portion served. Its Chinese name, 麥奀記, literally means “Mak’s stingy noodles”, which is a reference to the “stingy”, snack-sized portions served in small bowls. Maybe good things come in small packages. If you’re having it as a meal, it probably won’t be able to fill you. We see a lot of people ordering second servings and side dishes. Luckily, I already had my breakfast a while ago at Tsui Wah, so this “sampler size” is enough to satisfy us.

Wonton from Mak's Noodles, Hong Kong
Don’t worry, there are wontons, buried beneath the noodles. The soup base is made of dried fish, shrimp and shrimp’s eggs.

Wonton from Mak's Noodles, Hong Kong
Taking a bite – fresh shrimps inside each dumpling. I like that it’s just shrimps and no meat in it. While the bowl is quite delicious to me, I like the wonton noodles at Wing Wah Noodle Shop a little more.

Chilli Sauce, Mak's Noodles
Special mention about the chilli sauce which I really like – spicy! It’s a pleasant surprise to taste spicy chilli sauce in Hong Kong, where most eateries serve chilli oil (辣椒油) instead.

Dried Prawn Roes with Dry Noodles 蝦籽撈麵
Dried Prawn Roes with Dry Noodles 蝦籽撈麵 HK$45

Thanks to pigpig’s review, I was keen to try their prawn roe with dry noodles which looks super delicious. The prawn roe is delicious but I much prefer the one I had in Macau (will be posting it later).

Dried Prawn Roes with Dry Noodles (Close-up) 蝦籽撈麵
Close up of the prawn roe noodles

Soup from Mak's Noodles, Hong Kong
The soup which comes with the dry noodles

Chinese Tea
The Chinese tea that were served with our food

Bill (Mak's Noodles, Hong Kong)
The bill for the food we had: HK$73

This place is definitely worth a visit especially for first timers. If you are a fan of Hong Kong wonton noodles, do check out my review of Wing Wah Noodle Shop located at Wan Chai.

Mak's Noodle, Hong Kong 麥奀雲吞麵世家

Mak’s Noodle 麥奀雲吞麵世家
Address: G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central
Walking Directions: Central MTR, Exit D2
地址: 中環威靈頓街77號地下
Telephone/電話: (852) 2854 3810

They also have branches at the following:
1) Jordan (next to Australian Dairy Company)
Address: G/F, 55 Parkes Street, Jordan
地址: 佐敦白加士街55號地下
Telephone/電話: (852) 2302 0908

2) Causeway Bay
地址: 銅鑼灣渣甸街44號地下 (Causeway Bay)
Telephone/電話: (852) 2895 5310

3) Other branches at Open Rice listing – note: it seems that the main branch at Wellington Street, Central have the best reviews so I personally will not bother to visit the branches.

Check out all Hong Kong food reviews.

Yummy wonton noodles in HK
Wing Wah Noodle Shop

What’s Nearby
Yung Kee Restaurant (Roast goose)
Tsui Wah (Wellington Street branch)
Tai Cheong Bakery (Egg tarts)

One MTR Stop away (Sheung Wan MTR)
Kau Kee Restaurant* (Beef brisket noodles)
Sing Heung Yuen* (Tomato soup noodles)
Wing Hop Shing Restaurant (Claypot rice)

   

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5 Responses to “[Hong Kong] Mak’s Noodle”

  1. tigerfish — August 12, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    I did not know about the “stingy” notion…hahahha! But the wonton/suikow noodles in HK and SG just so different. Maybe it is in the noodles that is made from duck eggs (seems to read it somewhere). And no green chili in HK ah!
    The Chinese tea – did you all drink or use it to wash the chopsticks (other utensils)? Hahahhaha!

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    • wiffy replied: — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:01 am

      I vaguely remember seeing diners drinking the tea. And I hope it’s drinkable, coz I drank it!!!!!!! :P

      those for washing utensils, usually tea pot with a small bowl to rinse right? keeping my fingers crossed hehe

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  2. mordaciter — August 12, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Mak’s wonton noodles are indeed quite good, but I prefer the wonton noodles in Yung Kee, which is also in Central. Yung Kee is more famous for its roasted goose, but its wonton noodles are also to die for. In addition to shrimp and pork in the wontons, they also add bits of dried Chinese ham, which makes the dumplings so much more flavorful!

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    • wiffy replied: — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:00 am

      omg you made me want to go back to Hong Kong, RIGHT NOW, to taste Yung Kee hehe :)

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  3. Casey — August 21, 2010 @ 12:18 am

    I did love Mak’s at first until I realized how cocky they were and over the times they added a lot of MSG into their soup. But I agree with Mordaciter that Yung Kee is great and there’s the joint right across Yung Kee called Wong Zee Gei is really good too.

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