HK Food Trail: Pt.3 – Wantan Noodles!

So there’s a major water cut here in almost half the Klang Valley today until Friday. Many of us are reluctant to go eat out because of this and I believe those restaurants not affected by this little inconvenience are doing a roaring business these 2 days. So that explains why I’m having my own home-brought sandwiches for lunch today. On top of that, it’s raining… it’s a grey cold afternoon outside and inside here in my workplace, it’s a notch lower than freezing point.

Now, what wouldn’t I give to have a bowl of sumptuous hot steaming Wantan Noodles? Like those I had in Hong Kong…

wantan ndls
Plain is good – just give me the noodles and wantan!

Staying in Jordan, we had the luxury of 2 famous Wantan Noodles shop located along the same road, ie Parkes Street. And we were determined to eat in both! Yep, one after another. On the same night.

pork knuckle ndls
Noodles with Braised Pork Knuckles

The funny thing is that I always have the “dried” version of wantan noodles here in Malaysia – noodles tossed in sauce (usually thick soya sauce & lardy shallot oil). But when in Hong Kong, I prefer the soupy version. Yes, the soup version is definitely better. Somehow, the Hongkees really know how to boil the best soup and I love the version they serve, with a sprinkling of golden Chinese chives.

My favourite is the Basic Wantan Noodles - just noodles and wantan please. As you can see, the wantans there are huge and bursting with fresh succulent prawns and pork… so terribly satisfying.

Their Braised Pork Knuckles are good too… they’ve got this done so right – neither too soft nor too tough. So if you prefer lots of meat (and some fats!) with your noodles, go ahead and have this decadent version!

Mak Man Kee Noodles Shop
51 Parkes Street
Kowloon
(Jordan MTR Station Exit C2)
Tel: 2736-5561
Opens from 12.00pm-12.30am

Right after we had the above, we hopped over two shops and landed ourselves at Mak’s Noodles. See, just to confuse everyone, they even have almost the same name!

wantan mee

Again, I had to have the Plain Noodles with Wantan - so yummy!

beef tendon

Mak’s beef tendons were fragrant with spices – I detected some star anise and cinnamon, very delicate hints, nothing overkilling. The tendons were superb – every bite a succulent sinewy joy and the meaty pieces were tender and flavoursome. We were almost tempted to have another bowl, sans noodles!

beef tendon noodles

Just to mitigate some of the guilt, we had a plate of HK mustard leaves (“choy sum”) with oyster sauce. The short fat stalks were sweet, tender yet crunchy – the Hongkees do their vegetables well too.

vege

I like the firm chewy/rubbery texture of HK wantan noodles. I was told there’s a slight difference in the noodles texture of those 2 shops – one is more rubbery than the other. Well, I find the difference to be quite subtle and didn’t really affect my enjoyment of both! Yes, I like both versions. Now that’s not being diplomatic… it’s just the plain truth: I love both!

Heck, I think I’ll have my cup noodles for lunch tomorrow, the soupy version. It’s a damn poor substitute, I know.

Mak’s Noodles
55 Parkes Street, Jordan
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 2302-0908
Open from 11.00am till 12.30am

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6 Responses to “HK Food Trail: Pt.3 – Wantan Noodles!”

  1. June 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    tendons, knuckles… i feel like i am at a boxing match.. and the pig is winning! haha :P nice one!

    • Pureglutton
      July 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      The pig always wins, no? LOL!

  2. June 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    heheh, come to the kl city center to eat! we’ve still got lots of water here! anyways, wow, those beef tendons do look perfect, don’t they :D

    • Pureglutton
      July 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      Yep, they were so good!

  3. June 23, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Yeah, and Mak Man Kee was still closed when we went over to Australia Dairy Co for breakfast. If not we would have hopped in for a taste at how this Mak is better than the other Mak’s.

    • Pureglutton
      July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

      Hehe, I find both of them pretty much the same – equally good!

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