Our other culinary adventure while we were in Hong Kong was Mak’s Noodle. This time, I was able to find more references on the internet about Mak’s than I was for Manor. In fact, I got tons of references and it even made it to Wikipedia! Apparently Mak’s Noodle is pretty famous in Hong Kong. Just google “Mak’s Noodle” and you will find that a lot of people had written about this place and its famous wonton noodle soup.
There are many locations of Mak’s in Hong Kong, with the one on Wellington being the original noodle shop. That was the one where Andrew Zimmern went to eat. We went to the one on Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay, mainly because we were starting to get familiar with the area.
Mak’s Noodle is more like a hole in the wall place. The establishment in Causeway Bay was tiny. There were only about 6 or 7 tables. When we got there, all of the tables were full of customers. Well, let me take that back. One table was occupied by one of Mak’s employee, and he was busy making dumplings. Luckily, a booth table emptied out immediately, so we took that. Then we asked the waiter for the wonton noodle soup. I saw other customers had steamed veggie with oyster sauce, so we asked for that too.
While we waited, we started a conversation with the waiter, Steven. I mentioned to him that we saw Mak’s Noodle on TV and that’s how we ended up there. We asked him if it was okay to take pictures, and we got these two pictures below.
Then, we got our wonton soup and veggies. It really did not take them that long to bring us our food. Before we dug in though, Steven asked if we would like our picture. So of course we said yes. So you can see from the picture, two bowls of wonton noodle soup, steamed Kai-Lan, or Chinese Broccoli with oyster sauce, and us as background.
This was the famous wonton noodle soup. The noodle was very thin, similar to the noodles at Manor. Then there were two kinds of wonton or dumplings they put in there. Shrimp and pork dumplings. The one you see in the picture below was the pork dumpling. A couple of pieces of tender green onions were floating in the soup.
The noodles were chewy. You can’t tell from the picture, but you will just have to believe me… 🙂
This one was the shrimp dumpling.
Not minced or teeny tiny shrimp either – it was half of a medium-sized shrimp.
This one was the pork dumpling. I liked this one best.
Half eaten pork dumpling. There was shrimp in the pork dumpling too. Now I can’t remember what all was in it. I think they might have what I would call ear mushroom [Literal translation from Bahasa Indonesia – jamur kuping. It is known as Jew’s ear, or jelly ear according to Wikipedia.] in it, since some part of the dumpling was crunchy.
The savory broth with some of the tender green onion on it. We couldn’t put our finger on the flavor of the broth, so we had to ask Steven. He said that the broth was made from fish, prawn and pork. No wonder the flavor was so wonderful – we knew pork bones alone couldn’t produce that flavor.
You can see how small this establishment. You can’t see it from this picture, but the bathroom door is as the size of airplane’s lavatory door.
This is Steven, the friendly guy. 🙂
Me and Steven.
Hubby and Steven, at the front door.
This was it! Mak’s Noodle shop!
We liked this place so much; we went back for lunch the next day. I know, we should have tried other places, but I just had to have that wonton noodle soup again. But when we went back, we didn’t have our camera with us, so I just took these pictures below using my phone. This time, we ventured beyond what we saw on Andrew Zimmern and tried this menu instead.
Brisket noodle soup. This was delish!!! The beef was very tender, it melted the moment you put it in your mouth.
At the end, we were both so full. A lot of people mention that the portions of the wonton noodle soup are small– I guess they were all from Texas… But the combo sure filled our bellies. As we were heading back to the MTR station, we saw this commotion. There was smoke coming out of a building, and people were gathering to watch while the firemen were doing their job. We, on the other hand, got the hell out, because if the firemen couldn’t handle the fire, all of us would be toasted! So, until my next post again. 🙂
I will be writing more about the places we went to see at my other blog. I decided to post these two here since they’re related to food… So, add Mak’s Noodle to your itinerary if you find yourself heading to Hong Kong.
Oh, and I found this video for your enjoyment. This was at a different Mak’s Noodle shop. Have a great day!