Mak’s Noodles in Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
This is Part 2 of a couple of posts on “bloggers’ rules”. Part 1 is here and whilst eating at the “world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant” I tried to be all cool and nearly didn’t mention that. Part 2 grows up and realises that sometimes bloggers’ rules exist for a reason.
Mak’s Noodles is one of three places people will say you have to go to when you visit Hong Kong. The others being Tim Ho Wan for dim sum and Yung Kee for roast goose. Though I would swap Tsui Wah for Yung Kee any day (more about that in later posts). So off I wandered like a good little blogger and sat down in Mak’s ready for something. And the really surprising thing is I got more than “something”; a noodle revolution. Roughly two months later and I eat at Mak’s weekly as it is delicious, local and cheap.
The real story about Mak’s is obviously in the noodles though. I thought I knew what noodles were… I mean I have had them in Chinese restaurants around the world right? What I didn’t realise is those are soggy pieces of trash and Mak’s (and a few other places in Hong Kong) are completely different things. The bounce, the grip, the firmness of them was so different that I didn’t even have the vocabulary to describe them. Thank god for twitter as @Hollowlegs gave me the answer, “springy“. Because that is what they are. Since eating for my first time at Mak’s I’ve gorged on other bloggers’ reviews. I’ve gobbled and slurped at the thoughts and praise and am now fully aware that it is a bloggers’ rule that you must use the word “springy“. But this is ok, because they are and nothing else really captures it.
Price – 25hkd or about £2.20 for a basic bowl of noodles that is one of the great dishes in the world. Interestingly do you know that the Chinese name means “Mak’s stingy noodles“?
77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
PS having visited a few Mak’s now I would have to say my best bowls of wonton noodles have not been at their original shop in Wellington Street but, instead, up on the Peak. Strange.
PPS I obviously realise that now it is time to get obsessive and find the best wonton noodles in Hong Kong