Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ho Hung Kee - Hong Kong

Hong Kong houses quite a few low-cost Michelin Star places. Of those, there are dim sim places, ramen places and also wonton noodle houses. Forgoing all the high-class super expensive Michelin Star restaurants, hubby and I opted to try out some of these cheap and cheerful places. One of these places was Ho Hung Kee. As we were already meeting a friend at Hysan Place, one of the newer shopping destinations in Causeway Bay, we decided to just have the wonton noodles at the Ho Hung Kee branch there, rather than to venture out to the street to find the Michelin branded outlet.

Being there rather late, we were seated comfortably. I ordered their house specialty Wonton Noodles in Soup (large HK$48) whereas my friend ordered the Shrimp dumplings and noodles in soup (HK$45). Both were very similar except the shape of the dumplings. The prawn was encased in super fine, slippery and yummy egg pastry for the wontons, whereas for the gow gee (shrimp dumplings) there was the addition of different veges and fungi. The noodles were cooked nicely al dente and the clear soup was also quite gorgeously flavoursome. Not bad not bad.

Wonton Noodle Soup - HK$48 (large)
Gow Gee noodle soup - $45
What surprised me more than the quality of the dumpling noodle soups was  the deliciousness of their congee. It was ZOMG sooooo smooth, soooo tasty and so so so so nice! Words can not describe the silkiness of this humble congee. I'm not convinced that I needed the mushrooms and chicken in the congee (HK$68) but the congee was surely indescribably good in both flavour and texture!
chicken and mushroom congee - HK$68
Last but not least, hubby wanted some steamed fish type thing (HK$95). The fish was fresh. The fish tasted nice and all but if I had a choice between another bowl of noodles/congee v the fish, the fish will not win.
steamed fish thing - HK$95
It was a delicious and cheap meal (atleast cheap for Aussie standards)30/. Don't expect TOO much in terms of service... but definitely worth a visit (esp for the congee).

Food - 8.5/10
Service - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Value for money - 8/10
Overall - 30/40

Ho Hung Kee
Shop 1204-1205, Level 12 Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
Tel: (+852) 2577 6060

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was a very high tourist price. We can't blame them as it was in Hysan Place. It was unreal to open a Wonton & Congee shop in a place like that. The " Michelin curse " is killing more and more good small businesses in Hong Kong. Michelin listing means rent increase,loss of local customers due to high price and long queue After the tourists realize they could get nearly the same quality stuff everywhere in Hong Kong for a much lower price, the long queue disappears and they gone broke sadly!!!! It happens exactly to the Mak's wonton shop in Jordan. There is now a funny phenomenon. Tourists are now queuing outside the next door wonton shop which has been there for ages. They provide the same quality food but at a much reasonable market price. Thank God! It has no Michelin star.....