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Kau Kee (九記牛腩). What is "Song Lam" (爽腩)?


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Kau Kee (九記牛腩). What is "Song Lam" (爽腩)?

big_apple_ken | | Sep 2, 2009 04:19 AM

Ok, so today I went to Kau Kee (九記) for the first time today after my gym session around 4PM (so no crowds). I order a bowl of beef brisket hor fun (牛腩河). Overall it was a pretty tasty bowl except I found it a little too oily, too much MSG and maybe a tad pricey at $26 for a bowl of 牛腩河. It's now 7PM and my mouth feels super dry. Outside of that the brisket was very tender/tasty, noodles pretty smooth and the soup pretty flavorful. IMHO it's more satisfying than say a bowl of won ton noodles at Mak's (I know it's comparing apples to oranges but they are equally priced at $26/bowl).

Anyway, I didn't order the 爽腩 because it was closer to $50 a bowl (does it come with noodles and if not how much would it cost to get it with noodles?). What exactly is 爽腩? I read Chinese so I know it literally means "refreshing brisket" but I have no idea how it is different from the regular 牛腩. Anyone care to enlighten me?

So on Hong Kong Island is the best place for 牛腩河...Sister Wah's (華姐) in Tin Hau? Also do you guys like 牛腩河 (hor fun), 牛腩麵 (regular noodles) or 牛腩伊 (yee mien) better? Any reason why besides personal preference? Thanks guys!

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