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Wontons in Wanchai

11 Jun

I arrived in Hong Kong late in the evening after a 9 hour flight from Brisbane, feeling jaded and starved. Eager to get to my hotel in Wanchai, I skipped the MTR transfer from Hong Kong Station and jumped into a taxi for a 10 minute ride. I dropped off my bag, showered and went scouting for food.

Wanchai, the suburb I would call home for 5 nights was not only littered with working girls, lager-louts, out of shape drunken expats, Go Go Bars and pubs but also some of the best eateries, offering just about everything imaginable. Options not only include handmade noodles, wonton, soups, barbecued duck and pork, Hainanese chicken, but also Thai and Philippine cuisine to cater for sex workers from those countries.

I roamed around for a while, totally lost in all the variety until I caught a glimpse of an elderly man working the wok in window of a cheap eatery. He looked like he could have been the Mr Miyagi of noodles, so the choice was clear. I stepped into the Wing Wah Noodle Shop and as I made my way to the only vacant table noticed that other diners were either slurping noodles or soup. So I ordered both: shrimp wonton soup with soft egg noodles and within 5 minutes, I was “chop-sticking” noodles and ladling seafood broth. Hiding beneath the noodles were the to-die-for shrimp stuffed wontons, with the softest wrappers, so soft that they were possibly even made that evening. I ended up also ordering the Gai Lan with shrimp powder too and returned twice on separation occasions to try some other dishes, but for me the shrimp wonton noodle soup took the crown.

So that was my run down of my first local meal experience. What else did I savor in Hong Kong during my stay? Unfortunately not as much as I would have liked, at times even wished that I had two stomachs! I’ve included a few photos with a brief description as life on-the-road doesn’t spare me too much time to tell the story of each dish. I hope that you enjoy.

Wing Wah Noodle Shop – Wanchai

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Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup

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Gai Lan with Shrimp Powder

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Sticky Rice Shop – Soho

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Sticky Rice with bbq pork

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Hawker Stall – Soho

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Hawker Stall Chow Mein with Tofu and Bok Choy

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Dark Soy Rice Noodles with Cuttlefish Balls and a side of Offal Soup – Kowloon

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Menu at Maguro – Wanchai

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Cold Soba Noodles with Canadian Salmon Tataki with Sesame Soy Dressing topped wi Corn Flakes (sounds weird but the crunchy texture was a welcomed surprise)

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Grilled Soft Bone Chicken and Stake (perhaps with was Skate?)

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Grilled Fresh Shitake Mushrooms with Bonito Shavings

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One Dim Sum – Prince Edward (according to the locals probably the best in Hong Kong, well the best I’ve tasted)

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Japanese Boat – TST Ladies Market Area

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Fish Noodle Soup with Seaweed – Can’t remember where (probably a 5am snack)

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Japanese drip coffee – Rabbithole Coffee and Roaster

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