wonton mee hong kong

I guess if you’re pressed to name a dish that is representative of Hong Kong street food, the answer would be wanton mee (wonton noodles). I’ve had it several times during my recent trip to Hong Kong – it’s a very light meal with subtle notes – there are no overpowering flavors here.

wonton mee

The best wanton mee I had came piping hot with al dente noodles and a couple of wontons in a savory broth garnished with a healthy sprinkling of scallions (spring onions). Simple, but delicious.


It is interesting to note that the wontons in Hong Kong are made with prawns, with just a little bit of pork. It usually is made of pure pork over here and I much prefer the prawn wontons in HK.

wonton noodles

You’ll be very surprised at just how such a simple dish can taste fabulous. I was told that it’ll be difficult to find a place that serves bad wonton mee in Hong Kong and they were right! Just walk into any establishment in HK and you’ll find great wonton mee. :)

No, I don’t know why there’s a shirtless man behind me either.

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28 Responses to “Wanton mee in Hong Kong”

  1. dayum ~~ Authentic wanton mee. No sui kau on the side ? =D

    • Haha! To be honest we were pretty full almost all of the time in Hong Kong coz we wanted to try so much stuff.

      …in the end we just shared a single portion of everything so we could eat more. :)

      The wanton mee is damn good in HK. :D

  2. I love prawn and pork wonton over pork ones too.

    I feel that the presence of the prawn adds a diff. feel to it. Hehe

    • Yup, it tastes better eh Michelle? :)

      The prawn imparts a certain sweetness to the wonton and the bit of minced pork rounds it up.

      It tastes better than the pure pork ones over there. :D

  3. Better than Sibu kampua and pian sip? I guess not. Hahahahaha!!!!

    • Heh! You know, it tastes a little bit like “cin tan mee” – the ones you can get at kampua places where they do a soup dish instead of a dry one?

      However, the noodles they use is very different, I like the noodles there.

      Well, of course, growing up with kampua, I’ll have a special spot in my heart (or stomach) for that, but the Hong Kong wonton mee is really good and I don’t even like soup (as you know). Haha! :)

  4. Damn I’m filled with envy Wei. I’d make this my deathrow meal anytime. Do u remember
    The location of this place?

    • Yeah, it makes me feel like I’m home even though I’m not from Hong Kong. Heh.

      Yup, this is opposite 88, Tai Kok Shui Road. :)

  5. HB, there this shop in my neighborhood of Irving St. King of Wonton in San Francisco. Make own noodle and wrapers the old way with bamboo pole to knead the dough like in some part of Hong Kong and Canton. I never order just wonton for it always too little not enough for me . Wonton with noodle is the way to go to fill you up good.

    • Interesting! I hear there’s only one person who does that anymore in Hong Kong.

      It’s just too tedious and time consuming.

      I’ll love to try it though. :)

  6. I guess the shirtless man just going around and ask 1 dollar…..1 dollar…… 1 dollar…..just like some people do it in Malaysia.

    • Haha!

      No, he wasn’t saying anything like that. He’s a customer, I don’t know why he took his shirt off either. :)

  7. my grandma and my mum make wonton with prawn in it. don’t know if there’s any relation, but grandpa’s from hongkong so maybe it’s a cantonese thing… either was the prawn makes it awesome – not only does it impart some sweetness, it also give a little bit of a “crunch” to the wonton too…

  8. and they never come with char siu, wantan mee – only wantan!

    • Yup, that’s how they roll in Hong Kong. :)

      It’s only wonton in wonton mee, no char siew on top.

      The wantan mee over here has both, and the noodles are different. :D

  9. That’s true. Wanton mee in HK is very good but they are not cheap either. I think I used to pay more than RM10 for a bowl there last time.

    • Yeah, that’s about the standard price for meals in Hong Kong. I think HKD 30 per meal is considered cheap – even the street vendors selling stinky tofu charges HKD 9 (about RM 4) for it.

      It’s not as bad as some other places, but yeah, it’s not as cheap as some either. :)

  10. i had this too when i was in Macau. the lady opposite us ordered the dry version. thank god i didn’t order that, because i heard her saying “it’s soooooo dry”. it’s sorta like (extremely) dry meehoon (cos it’s thinner than the mee we have here) and yeah i love the shrimp-filled wanton. it’s different from what we have here huh

    • Nice! I didn’t eat wonton mee in Macau!

      We only had it on Hong Kong.

      Yeah, I would imagine it would be quite dry with the noodles they use. I love the shrimp wontons too! :D

  11. Personally, I prefer the dry version of wantan mee in Malaysia. But I have to admit that the good wantons are quite good in HK!

    • Well, I don’t usually like soup dishes but the wonton mee in Hong Kong is delicious! :)

      Yeah, it’s the prawn and pork wontons that does it for me.

      However, I do like kampua noodles, from my hometown. Probably coz I didn’t grow up in KL so I don’t prefer wantan mee, but I do crave for kampua mee. Heh.

  12. Next time go try shrimp roes mee. I had in in Mak Man Kee, Hong Kong. It’s one of my favourite noodle to order whenever I go to Hong Kong or Macau.

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