Many websites, food blogs and even Anthony Bourdain have waxed lyrically (and I mean literally, for most of them used the exact same phrase) about the grand old-dame of noodles, Mak’s Noodles. An institution on its own right, I do have to state the obligatory note that Mak’s Noodles has their own English article on Wikipedia.
Wanton Noodles (HKD$ 28)
Before visiting Mak’s Noodles, I read on Openrice (the HungryGoWhere equivalent in Hong Kong), that their specialty lies in their Wanton Noodles and Beef Brisket Noodles).
Having that at the back of our mind, both CY and myself decided on having an order of each of their specialties. The wantons were awesome! Unlike some of the wantons that we have in Singapore, the skin was awfully thin and one would not feel short changed, after having a look at the fresh crunchy prawn, wood ear fungus (I presume) and minced pork filling.
The clear broth was flavourful, without it being too MSG-laden. Both of us could attest to that, for both of us are sensitive to MSG.
The noodles were, for lack of a better word, QQ. The closest word that comes to mind would be, springy.
Beef Brisket and Dumpling Noodles (HKD$ 32)
The beef brisket noodles were excellent. Unlike what you get in Singapore (ala Crystal Jade) where you get little of the gelatinous parts of the beef brisket and mainly meaty parts, what you get at Mak’s Noodles is the primarily the gelatinous portions.
A word of caution though, the restaurant is tiny and portions served were not big (Great for those times when you get all hungry and starving in-between meals, breakfast or supper!).
Unfortunately, I have to disagree with many who claim that the amount that one pays for meals at Mak’s Noodles, is not worth the small tiny portions one gets. I am a firm believer in the practice of paying a premium for quality, rather than paying lower prices for a less desirable meal. That said, price is not the only key element in what I perceive as quality, for there have been many instances where I have had excellent, mouth watering meals, for an inexpensive price.
Mak’s Noodle (麥奀雲 吞麵世家)
G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central