Wanton noodles in Hong Kong is like chicken rice in Singapore, it’s so difficult to find one that’s really good, but you can’t really find one that’s really bad as well.
Tsim Chai Kee is a young kid compared to the established institutions like Mak On Kee, which I am not a big fan of despite their huge reputation. But what it compensated with age is a tenacity to do wanton noodles different. First, they started with HKD 10 bowls of wanton noodle, which later became HKD 16, and now HKD 29. It had two ping-pong sized wantons and noodles that were really reeked of ammonia.
Of course, you can go creme de la creme with the triple special 三寶 of wanton, fish ball and sliced beef. The fish ball is not the Singapore version. They are carp fish meat 鯪魚 mashed with dried orange peel 陳皮. The beef was tender and cooked to medium rare. And then you have the ping-pong wanton. Did I mention they were ping-pong sized.
Definitely deserved the Bib Gourmand.
Tsim Chai Kee Noodle
Shop B, G/F Jade Centre, 98 Wellington Street, Central
港鐵中環站 D2 出口, 步行約7分鐘
Tel : +852 28506471
Date Visited : Nov 2017