Noodles are one of the most staple carbs in Asia. With each country putting its own spin on the flavours, ingredients and spice levels that are used in its local dishes. From thin rice noodles to thick and circular udon, we’ve rounded up the different dishes and where to get them in Hong Kong.
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This Japanese soup noodle dish typically uses a meat or fish broth with flavours of miso or soya sauce. Try Butao’s signature, a creamy pork broth also known as tonkostu ramen. Other options include the black king with black garlic, red king with chili and the green king with basil.
Butao, multiple locations across Hong Kong
Laksa is a Southern Asian spicy noodle soup dish typically served with chicken, prawn or fish. Rempah noodles bases its menu and name on its direct translation to spice. Serving authentic nonya flavours, try the dry laksa or nonya laksa lemak. Submersed in an aromatic coconut base, these noodles come paired with prawns, a boiled egg and fresh herbs.
Rempah Noodles, G/F, 18 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 3618 4863
Dumplings and noodles are a match made in heaven with wonton noodles taking first place. The Chinese dumpling is typically made up of ground pork and shrimp with green onions. Head to Mak’s Noodles, a family run noodle shop originating from Guang Zhou in the 1920s. Start off with its signature shrimp wonton noodles before trying other dishes like the beef brisket, pork knuckle or stirred noodles with oyster sauce.
Mak’s Noodles, multiple locations across Hong Kong
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Phở is a Vietnamese rice noodle dish with a fragrant broth served with a plate of fresh herbs and chillis for extra flavour. North Viet Phở has an abundance of toppings that you can choose from such as raw beef, beef brisket, shredded chicken or spicy seafood. A dry version showcases lemongrass beef or chicken wings on cold vermicelli for a fresh noodle salad.
North Viet Phở, multiple locations across Hong Kong
This Thai street food staple is a stir-fried noodle dish with a sweet and savoury tangy flavour. The rice noodles are fried with scrambled egg, vegetables, peanuts and a range of proteins. Samsen imports its noodles straight from Nothern Thailand for the most authentic flavour possible. Topped with tiger prawns, try a dish that brings you to the streets of Bangkok. Other popular noodle dishes include the curry-based beef or chicken Khao Soi.
Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, 2234 0001 and 23, G/F, 23 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2234 0080
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Dan Dan Noodles
Sichuan cuisine is known for its bold chilli kick which is the main flavour to its signature dan dan noodles. Along with sesame paste, soy sauce and Sichuan pepper, these umami rich noodles pack a flavour punch. The iconic Chinese restaurant, Hutong, serves dan dan noodles with sweeping views of the skyline for an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Its signature dish uses pork and peanut sauce in a chilli soup to deliver the desired savoury and spice levels.
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428 8342
Japchae is a Korean noodle dish that has a slightly sweet and savoury taste. Thin vermicelli noodles are sautéed with mushrooms and various vegetables for a light and refreshing dish. The light glass noodles means that this dish isn’t too heavy and is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats. Try the pairing at Sorabol, the Hong Kong restaurant that has been serving Korean food since 1993.
Sorabol Korean Restaurant, multiple locations across Hong Kong
This stir fry noodle dish originates from Japan and showcases udon, a type of thick noodles made from wheat flour. Yaki udon is a popular stir fry that is on offer at the Japanese Izakaya, Fukuro. The yakiniku beef udon uses karashi mustard for its main flavour and is topped with sliced beef and bonito. A seafood version comes cooked in crab miso butter and with snow crab. Make sure to order its signature dish of crisp caramel butter corn to complete the dining experience.
Fukuro, 1 to 5 Elgin Street, Soho, 2333 8841