Eating Hong Kong: Wonton Noodle Soup & Dim Sum
August 13th, 2006 3 Comments

Eating Hong Kong: Wonton Noodle Soup & Dim Sum

Wonton Noodle SoupI had the best Wonton Noodle Soup a few years ago while I was transiting in Hong Kong. My flight arrived at 6:00 AM and I hopped on the Airport Express to Hong Kong Island. I walked on the empty streets that morning and stumbled upon this little hole-in-the-wall noodle shop between Central and Sheung Wan that was just opening up for business. I was their first customer. Their Wonton Noodle Soup was simply delectable with generous offerings of succulent, fresh, and juicy shrimp wontons. Pure shrimp wontons heaven; not the typical minced pork and shrimp “cheated” kind. One bowl of noodle soup plus a cup of hot chocolate, I was a happy camper even though I was sleep-deprived and utterly jet-lagged that morning.

Often in life, the best things and experiences (dining included!) happen because of chance encounters; I am still searching and hoping to find that little shop that sells the best wonton noodle soup in the world…

If you travel to Asia a lot, there is a high possibility that you will lay over in Hong Kong International Airport. I am not a big fan of airport food, but HKIA offers some very decent food. Maxim’s Chinese Restaurant (a popular Hong Kong chain) in the Departure Hall serves good Wonton Noodle Soup. Although their wontons aren’t pure shrimp, they still taste delicious.

Dim SumOther than noodles, they also serve Cantonese Dim Sum such as Egg Tarts, Steamed Fish Balls, Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings), Siu Mai (Pork Dumplings), Char Siu Bao (Roast Pork Steamed Bun), etc. It’s not a bad place to have a light meal before your flight.

Note: Maxim’s Chinese Restaurant is located on the second floor at the Departure Hall before the immigration gate.


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  1. Ann Evans says:


    I will be traveling to HK at the end of the year. I miss a good bowl of wonton soup. Do you remember the name of the hole-in-the-wall or the cross street?


    • I can’t sorry. I am still looking for it myself. It’s in Central.

      • Andy says:

        Hi Rasa, Ann, and other readers of this article,

        I grew up in HK and being totally “anxl” about food quality, my recommendation is Mak’s Noodle on 77 Wellington Street, Central, HK. This is one of the best wonton moodle shops in HK and it makes the most traditional/authentic Cantonese-styled wonton noodle available. There are several things you can pay attention to… if you are into that kind of thing.
        1. The soup base is clear. Tastes of smoke, shrimp, pork and chicken bone, flounder fish, and shrimp roe. There should be shrimp roe found at the bottom of your bowl (little black dots).
        2. Almost crunchy (not mushy) shrimps in wontons. Taste the shrimp carefully!
        3. Again, almost crunchy noodles. The best wonton noodles should be a little crunchy… a little tough but not chewy or mushy. The noodle is made from duck eggs without adding water. Regular wonton noodles, like those we get in the west, are made with chicken eggs, and they are mushy (yuck!).


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