Kau Kee Beef Brisket Noodles 香港九記牛腩面 in Central, Hong Kong has always been reputable for serving one of the best beef noodles in Hong Kong. Famous among locals and tourists, so long queue in front of the shop during peak lunch and dinner hours is normal. Our must-eat food in Hong Kong too but not managed to give it a try this time. Browsed through OpenRice Hong Kong and felt glad to find that there’s actually a good beef brisket noodles just 4 streets away from the hotel we stayed in Sai Ying Pun- Ying Kee Noodles 英記面家.
Yeap, just 4 streets away, roughly 3 minutes walk from Sai Ying Pun MTR B1 exit, given if you were walking on flat land. But they are slopes! Grand City Hotel is located on Queen’s Road West, Ying Kee Restaurant is on High Street. Meaning we need to climb through all those staircases of First Street, Second Street and Third Street before reaching High Street. By the time we reached High Street, sweats were already dripping down our body. But it was all worth when we tucked into the delicious bowl of noodles.
In general, Ying Kee is famous for beef brisket noodles, deep fried wantan noodles, and char siew wantan noodles. You can have a mix of your favourites, such as deep friend wantan with char siew noodles. Other toppings such as fish balls, squid balls, beef meatballs, deep fried fish skin, and beef tripe are equally noteworthy too. We reached late, around 5PM and boss told us deep fried wantan had already sold out. Summergirl was so disappointed, as she had been thinking about Ying Kee Deep Fried Wantan Noodles all the time since she saw it from Instagram.
So she settled down on squid ball & char siew mee (HKD45). Portion was really generous, with more-than-enough thin, springy noodles immersed in light clear soup, topped with three huge, bouncy squid balls, about seven slices of large, thick char siew. Char Siew was high recommended, even though quite different from Malaysia char siew. Not grilled to charred at edges with honey sweet glaze, balanced amount of lean and fat meat version, but long slices, taste more like grilled pork neck, chewy with a little crunch.
Beef Brisket Noodles (HKD 37), signature of Ying Kee. The boss does not skimp on the ingredients at all. Look at the amount of beef briskets given! Tender, minimal unpleasant beefy taste, laced with thin layer of fat that comes in just right for some moist.
Finished everything and washed down with a glass of coke, ended with a satisfying burp! We love this! Some even say that Ying Kee beef brisket noodles are comparable to Kau Kee, but we will not judge which one is better. Just, we do agree that Ying Kee serves pretty tasty noodles in generous portion, reasonable price. Restaurant closed early by 7PM, so be early before your favourite items are sold out!
Ying Kee Beef Brisket Noodles 英記面家
G/F, 32 High Street,
Sai Ying Pun,
Western District, Hong Kong.
Opening Hour: 9AM – 7PM
Nearest MTR Station: Sai Ying Pun MTR Station, Exit B1. Walk in opposite direction after coming out from B1. Pass through First, Second and Third Street to reach High Street, where Ying Kee located.