Yesterday we’ve visited the Tsim Chai Kee Noodle shop on Queen’s Road Central for the first time. This shop is tucked away in the basement and is a little gem. It has been run by the same family for many years and is famous for its wonton noodles.
The wonton are handmade and they are big – they are the size of a ping pong ball. Traditional cantonese wonton are filled with shrimp and pork and those ones are no exception. Except that they are filled with whole prawns, which are very tasty. There are three wontons per bowl of soup – and given their huge size, that’s really sufficient!
The hot broth is also good tasting – it’s rich and a little sweet. I’ve added a little vinegar to mine, while Patrick added some hot chilli sauce (which you can buy in the noodle shop too). The shrimp wantons were succulent and huge. The noodles were flavourful and the soup delicious!
Tsim Chai Kee Noodle only sells three soups – the shrimp and pork wonton, just beef or fish balls (made out of proper fish and not just scraps and bones). You can choose the type of noodles (yellow, flat white or vermicelli) and that’s it. There’s not much other choice. But why diversify and offer a broad menu with some average-tasting items if you can offer a very narrow menu with amazing dishes?
The noodles cost from 23 HKD (one choice) to 32 HKD (with all three toppings) – so it’s a quick, affordable meal in nice, clean surroundings.
In case you wonder, how Tsim Chai Kee Noodle fares against the famous Mak’s Noodle? The shrimp wontons are bigger, juicier and tastier at Tsim Chai Kee – that’s also what a few other bloggers think (e.g. here).
Will I go there again? Yes. I’m sure we’ll be back soon. It’s quick, good tasting and great value for money.
Tsim Chai Kee Noodle
153 Queens’ Road Central, Central
Tel. 2581 3369
Open daily from 11am to 9pm