When I arrived my room at Royal Garden hotel (http://www.rghk.com.hk/, the TV greeted me! Haha.
The room was slightly smaller than average but it was comfortable. I was pre-empted that most buildings here are designed to be compact and save space.
The downside of my room is that I was placed right below the gym and every early morning or late nights I hear those banging sounds from hardcore weight lifters throwing their weights or dumb bells on the floor. Coincidentally, the hotel was also undergoing some renovation hence, drills and knocks were happening throughout the day.
“Symphony” to my ears…..
After work, I took a quick detour to the Central district where the major banks are located, not to see sleek men and women in suits…but foodie hunting!
There were TONs of people on the streets and the weather was warm, stuffy and humid too, just like Malaysia.
I went off-course many times and sweat like crazy, feet hurt too from my faithful and vintage Kappa, walked for a crazy 2 hours until I finally found Mak’s noodles house. It was so apparent how tired and borderline hypoglycemia I was when I entered the shop, the waitress quickly attended to my orders and another veteran poured tea for me.
Slowly but surely! I got my hands on the widely famed Hong Kong wantanmee!
Based on the background information I read from the internet, this business originated from Mak’s grandather who once served this dish to the earlier President of PRC. It is acclaimed to have the unchanged recipe since the time wantan mee was served during that time, a good 40 to 50 years ago.
I am reliving the feeling of dining like the president of PRC back in the past, how cool that was!
The bowl was tiny like baby’s bowl. Suited my needs just fine as I did not want to overeat. The noodles were so fine, springy and VERY eggy. The prawn wantans were fresh as well..but they only served 3 wantans per bowl. The soup was a flavourful light clear broth, so as to not overpower the taste of the noodles.
A whopping HKD 35 / about RM15-17. A little expensive for the portion you get but HK is known to have premium price tags to food.
I found it a little strange that the chilli served was quite similar to the taste of chicken rice’s chilli. I stopped adding the chillig aftee my first two spoonfuls as they did ruin the taste of the wantan noodles after awhile.
This street was not located at the main road and it did take me a LONG while to find it.
77 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2854 3810
The noodles only took me a good 10 minutes to savour and finish (it could have been faster! But I paced it to give my 2 hours walk legs a rest). Thankfully Tai Cheong bakery is not too far from here, so I took a stroll up and watched many roadside fruit vendors selling their harvest.
The amazing thing I find is how similar food can be amongst colonized countries in Asia. We all love our custard creamy eggy tarts!
I finally found the shop after another good quality 10 minutes walk up. The ladies at the counter were a little unfriendly. Maybe because I was there only to purchase ONE tart. The buttery aroma and sweet scent filled the air of the bakery. Glimpses of giant ovens in the kitchen were visible over the counter.
Ok…let’s see how this fared compared to some of the famous ones in Malaysia!
As I tried to remove the tart out from the aluminium mould, I almost dropped the egg tart, as the custard egg layer was so dense and thick, if I was not careful, it may break and ruin the perfect moment of eating egg tarts.
The custard egg layer was so soft, smooth, yet dense and not sweet. And the pastry cup was baked to perfection. The egg tarts were one of the better ones had tried and my mom had already hinted to bring some home! But it was a bit challenging to do so since I have another 3 days here.
Each piece cost HKD 6/ RM2-3. Not cheap but for the quality I got, it was worth it all. I was SO tempted to walk back in to buy another, but stopped myself from overgluttoning.
Like myself, I spotted many foodieventurers from different walks of life who came to hunt for these famous foodies as well. These 4 Korean tourists also had blissful faces plastered on them as they ate their tarts. I think I heard them confessing, “Mashita! Mashita” (delicious! Delicious!)
Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌餅家
35 Lyndhurst Terrace,
Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2544 3475
Business Hours: daily 7.30am to 9.00pm