After spending much time on Kowloon, we finally decided to cross over to Central to look around. Typically, tourists would visit places like Lan Kwai Fong which is a drinking hole famous for people watching. IMHO? Overrated! Perhaps that its coming from a non-drinker, my argument is invalid :P! The other attraction would be the Peak which is a great place to catch the skyline at night:
Been here a couple times now! Still captivated by it! The only bad thing about this place is that its freezing and extremely windy. Coming at night in winter is crazy! Add that to the long queue to take the tram down and @@!
After awhile we headed back down to the CBD to find some stuff to eat. We started with two scrumptious egg tarts which were fresh from the oven!
I have to say, short crust pastry has never tasted better! The Tai Cheong bakery one was so moist yet crumbly! Kick ass! As for the custard, it was good but not mind blowing! Nevertheless, with a crust that is to die for, this was really good! Imagine a hot egg tarts and you are hungry on a cold night! No wonder this bakery is often frequented by a men who once used to be the Premier of HK!
After having our egg tarts, we were looking to have noodles! Instead of slurping down delicious serves of wanton noodles at the famous Mak’s place, we ate at a rival store just opposite the road as the former was closed.
Among the locals, Tsim Chai Kee is often preferred as the noodles here are cheaper and tastier. According to my sister and friends, Mak’s place is 50% more expensive and is served in a bowl no bigger than the small Ikea soup bowls but its yummy! The serving size would not have been an issue because Kau Kee which served the “best braised beef noodles” is just down the road! But oh well!
Disappointed as anyone could be, this turned out very much to be a blessing in disguise as the wanton noodles here were kick ass no doubt!
My first spoon full was pure satisfaction as the hot broth tasted very delicious. It was slightly oily so as to complement the smoothness of the noodles which were good itself! Springy and more importantly, it does not carry that raw flour flavour. Wantons were great as well. So definitely no complains from me! Satisfaction achieved! But in all honesty so as to no discriminate, I find that all the top wanton noodles as voted by the locals always have good prawn wantons. It is good the people here do not take crap because that is the way it should be!
Darling who is allergic to prawns opted for the sliced beef and fresh minced fish ball noodles:
Served with the exact same broth and noodles, the only difference here would be the condiments. Seeing how tender those slices were, I really could not resist but pick bits and pieces of darling’s food! It was good as well. The tender beef slices could easily rival the king prawn wanton as the best condiment! The fish ball too was good but little darling did not quite like the seasoning of the fish ball. There was this sort of taste which I thought was fine but she disliked it. So I willingly helped myself to both the fish balls :P!
I could not be happier after our meal. With our stomachs filled, it was a great feeling compared to when we were starving up at the peak. The meal as Tsim Chai Kee might be accidental but it was a great eat! Is this what the call serendipity? However, the next time I come, I will order the noodles with all three condiments! The wantons, the beef slices and the fish ball! Why? Because it is only 10 HKD more at most :)!