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Hong Kong questions: wonton noodles, Tim Ho Wan, Cheung Chau Island recs, rice-noodle-roll breakfast, and other advice

Dave MP | Aug 8, 2010 08:37 AM

Hello HK Chowhounds,

My parents and I are in China at the moment, and we'll be in HK later this week wrapping up our trip. We've had excellent food so far (Beijing and Yangshuo Chowhound reports coming soon) and we're looking forward to more in Hong Kong.

Some background about us: We'll be in HK for only about 48 hours (so 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and maybe a few more meals in between those if I can fit them in). We're staying at the Eaton Hotel which is between Jordan and Yau Ma Tei. We're looking for casual dining, probably leaning more toward hole-in-the-wall places, street food than anything else, but perhaps a dinner or two could be a bit nicer- but certainly focused on the food (not the environment of the restaurant)

Here are some specific questions:

1- wonton noodles - When I was in Hong Kong last year, I had wonton noodle soup at Mak Man Kee, which I thought was great (particularly the wontons). I think I might bring my parents here, since it's close to the hotel and also close to the Temple Market. However, if someone has a better suggestion, I'd be glad to take it. Also, if anyone can recommend another place with a specific dish that might compliment a half-meal of soup at Mak Man Kee, then that would be great!

2 - dim sum - We're meeting up on Wednesday morning w/ a friend of mine who is living in Hong Kong, and is a native Cantonese speaker. We're thinking of going to Tim Ho Wan, assuming it's worth the wait. We'd probably try to arrive at 9:15 AM and line up in preparation for their 10 AM opening. Is this early enough? Will it be worth it? This is my one chance (perhaps EVER?) to have dim sum in Hong Kong with my parents, so I want it to be great. Food is definitely the focus, and we don't care much about decor, ambiance, rudeness of waiters, language barriers or anything like that. The possibly good thing about Tim Ho Wan is that it's only 15 minutes walk from our hotel, which makes getting there at 9:15 not such a big deal.

3 - Cheung Chau Island - I'm thinking of going there w/ my parents on Wednesday afternoon to walk around, explore, and then have dinner. Any good ideas of places to check out? This would probably be seafood focused (good shrimp dishes in particular) but not necessarily....I like the idea of taking a ferry somewhere, but if Cheung Chau is less of a good option for food, then somewhere else would be okay too.

4 - breakfast of rice noodle rolls - Last year when I was in Hong Kong, I stayed near Mong Kok and enjoyed eating at hole-in-the-wall breakfast places that served rice noodle rolls and congee. Any good recommendations for finding this near-ish Eaton Hotel? Or any particular recommendations for rice-noodle-rolls in general? Beef and/or shrimp filled are my favorites.

Any other recommendations would be great as well, and I will definitely report back!!

Thanks in advance,
Dave MP

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