Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle (坤記竹昇麵) – Michelin Bib Gourmand in Hong Kong
In the old days when there were a few machinery, most things were done by hand. Noodle masters need to knead the dough for a long time to get the desired texture. Now with technology, everything seems to be easier. But we can no longer find authentic bamboo kneaded noodles.
Thanks to Hong Kong Tourism Board, we were introduced to Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodle (also called jook-sing noodle) in Cheung Sha Wan. They started in the early 90s when they opened Kwan Kee to make bamboo noodles in Macau. Now the trade is being shared with the family members and they eventually opened the first KK noodles in Hong Kong in 2010. Good news is, they have been in the Michelin Bib Gourmand list since then!
Even though bamboo kneaded noodles are labour intensive, but they are fresh and tasted great. If you come here early in the morning, you may be able to catch third-generation Macao behind the glass window making bamboo noodles. The yellow egg noodles here are made fresh daily kneaded and rolled with a huge bamboo pole, giving them a delightful texture when cooked a perfect al dente.
The Fresh Shrimp Wanton with Noodle (36 HKD for 6 pcs) is a comforting bowl of noodle soup with decent size juicy dumplings filled with whole shrimp and some pork. The soup is mild and comforting with slurping good noodles. When it comes to wanton noodles, it’s not easy to get all the elements right. At this stall, the noodles are made with high-gluten flour, eggs and a small amount of lye. So you can a lovely bite and springy texture, the alkalinity is not overpowering as compared to many other wanton mee stalls I have tried.
They also pair the noodles with cuttle fish ball, marinate beef slices, fresh mushroom, fresh prawns and other accompaniments. Don’t miss the signature Tossed Noodles with Shrimp Roe and Oyster Sauce (42 HKD). It was a little dry in my opinion with only a mild shrimp roe flavour. But if toss it with a little soup, that may taste better. They also serve Pig Trotters in Nam Yue Sauce (65 HKD) which is very well braised with thick fatty layers and fragrant nam yue sauce.
Each bowl of noodles is priced between 30 HKD to 70 HKD. Alight from Cheung Sha Wan MTR Exit C1 and walk for about 5 minutes. Keep a lookout at the shop on the left.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.