The home made egg noodles (ba mee) have the correct bite. The roasted duck is juicy and really tasty. The veggies are top quality. And yes, it’s plenty of locals finding their way to this hole in the wall. And the service is fast, if you can get a seat. Thailand’s oldest Shrine is just 2 minutes away.
A more surprising fact is that Hong Kong Noodle is a chain with several branches (see link to webpage below). I was a bit puzzle when I found out. Not that I don’t eat chain food once and a while, because I do. It’s just that chain food rarely stand out quality wise. Be aware that this review only is about the branch in Soi Charoen Krung 16 (Soi Issaranuphap) in Chinatown.
Hong Kong Noodle is a classic hole in the wall spot. Two rows of 6 seaters and 2 seaters are lined up and split by the walking area. In other words, there is nothing fancy about the spot, but it still has a nice ambience for a quick meal. When you sit around happy people the wibe is always there, some way or det other. The only complain I have is that they have an uphill walk in selecting western pop music, but you will survive. The seating is free, so every free spot is available to take, but of course you should use normal courtesy and ask the people already sitting there.
These days I have to say I’m happy for every spot that makes their own fresh noodles instead of some big factory bought products made some time ago that many street food vendors and other restaurants uses to keep cost and work load down.
With fresh noodles I prefer to order the soup on the side as the noodles then stays perfect instead of continuing being cooked in the broth. And the broth at Hong Kong Noodle is tasty too.
The bites of duck was really flavorful and with the right bite. Not at all dry as it can be many places. The greens was delicious, adding the fragrant umami taste to the dish, and of course made to perfection. Not that it is rocket science to make perfect greens when you have good ingredients, but it just makes me recognice good skills in the kitchen.
Hong Kong Noodle also serves dim sum dishes, but my stomach was just to full as this was my fifth restaurant to visit this day. But it will for sure be on my plate on the next visit, together with the egg noodles and roasted duck. From the description of the dim sum, it could lead your thoughts to some kind of Chinese-Thai cross over. In other words, like most of the other food served in Bangkok. They also have a lot of no-meat options. You have a pretty awkward taste buds if you can’t find something on the menu here.
A very good think for tourists coming here is that they have a place mate menu with photos of the dishes. It comes handy as most of the staff isn’t to steady on the English.
All in all Hong Kong Noodle is a very good value for your money.
And after you have dived into the food at Hong Kong Noodle, you can enjoy the small street market (Talat Leng Buai Ia) just outside the door. It has been in operation for more than two centuries, leading you to Yaowarat road where most of the action takes place. With the newly opened MRT station Wat Mangkon Kamalawat it will for sure be an even more popular spot.
You also find what is considered to be the oldest Chinese shrine in Thailand here, based on a plaque with a Chinese inscription inside, stating that it was built in 1658, during the Ayutthaya period. Thoughts say it originally was a Teochew-style shrine, used by Chinese businessmen aiming to improve the prosperity of their businesses and to establish social connections. The roof is made of glazed colored tiles, adorned with two ceramic-clad dragons. Also the columns at the entrance of the shrine is entwined by ceramic-clad dragons. There is an altar dedicated to Leng Buai Ia and his wife at the center of the shrine. The two alters to the left and right of the center altars dedicated to the deity Gong Wu (Guan Yu) and the Queen of Heaven, Tianhou respectively. There is a bell close to the entrance that is attributed to the Daoguang Emperor (end of the Qing dynasty). It is just a 2 min. walk away in 34 Plaeng Nam Rd., very close to the entrance of the MRT station.
Name: Hong Kong Noodle
Open: Daily 6:30 am – 6 pm
Phone: +66 2 623 1992
Address: 136/4 Soi Charoen Krung 16 (soi Issaranuphap)
How to get there: Take the MRT to the new Wat Mangkon Kamalawat station that stops almost in the heart of Chinatown. It’s a short walk from there.