Monday, May 25, 2015

Mak's Noodle - Central (Hong Kong)

My last night in Hong Kong was an unplanned one. I did not really plan for any specific thing to do, and I was even exhausted since I have squeezed everything I wanted to do there in a few days. I wanted to see if there's anywhere I could eat at somewhere around Lan Kwai Fong and even planned to have a couple of beers before calling it a night. I went to Central for the second time and checked out the vibe in Lan Kwai Fong but failed to feel it. I saw a couple of Western Restaurants but decided I wanted something else. 

I have seen reviews of Mak's Noodles in a few travel shows shown here in the Philippines. Anthony Bourdain also recommends their noodles.  I did research about it but totally forgot the place since I have something else in mind. After deciding that Lan Kwai Fong is not for me, I walked to wherever direction hoping I'd pass by an interesting looking nook to have my dinner when I came across Mak's noodle in a corner very near the Mid - Levels Escalator. 

Finding Mak's Noodles is my happy accident that night! 

I entered the place and saw a mix of people both locals and foreigners having dinner. I was given a solitary seat and happily received it and then handed the English menu. Unsure of what to order, I tried looking around as saw tables mainly having Wonton and Beef noodle. I got enticed by the Beef noodle dish that I saw being devoured by a group of Americans next to my table and ordered one. 

The soup was first brought to my table. It was a chilly night in Hong Kong and I did't want the soup to turn cold so I immediately slurped. Next thing that happened was just pure bliss! I have never tasted clear broth as flavorful as that! I suppose it was the general broth used for their Wonton noodle dish and given to all the customers. 

Oh hello there, soup. :) and Anthony Bourdain in the background. Haha! 

Next to arrive is my beef noodles and it was another OMG moment for me. The springy noodles is a Hong Kong noodle signature, and Mak's noodles did it superbly. The beef is soooooo tender and toothsome that I think I finished my plate in just a few minutes! 

Beef Brisket Noodles (HKD 40)

Indeed it was a happy accident that I found Mak's Noodles that night. This is another place that I would love to visit again when I'm back in Hong Kong. Oh dear, I wanna fly right now to get this great dish. :D

Mak's Noodle
77 Wellington St, Central
Hong Kong
Contact Number:  +852 2854 3810

Map of Mak's Noodle

Yat Lok Roast Goose Restaurant - Central (Hong Kong)

I initially wanted to try Yung Kee's roast goose but a cheapo such as I am would not really want to spend too much when I was in Hong Kong. I have made some researches before my Hong Kong trip and stumbled upon a Michelin recommended restaurant that serves affordable yet succulent roast goose. I never hesitated and made sure that it is included in my itinerary. 

After a hectic morning, touring around The Peak, I decided to grab a late lunch in Yat Lok at Central. I was a little worried about getting lost again since it was my first time to roam around Central Hong Kong, but equipped with a map, detailed directions from a good friend, and an empty stomach, I braved the streets of Hong Kong looking for this hidden gem. I took the MTR to Central Station and went out at Exit G. I then walked towards Queen's Road Central and crossed the road, walking along the traffic until I saw a huge Coach store. I walked further until I saw Stanley Street and turned right. I walked straight to this uphill street and saw Yat Lok on my left.

I arrived at around 2 pm and was relieved to see that the place is not packed. I really intended to take my lunch late since reading from reviews, it was always stated that the place gets full most especially during lunch time. I entered the place and was attended to by a lady server who smiled at me and gave me a good seat. She handed the English menu and in no time, placed my order.

BBQ Portk and Goose (HKD 45) and Lemon Iced Tea (HKD 15)

I ordered the BBQ Pork and Goose with Rice and a Lemon Iced Tea. The serving is not too small and not hefty as well but just enough for a starving monster like me. The BBQ is bursting with flavor and is tender. But the star of the dish is their Roast Goose. Succulent pieces of chopped Roast Goose with super crispy skin! It was one of the best Roast Goose I have ever tasted in my life! Of course I just tasted a few Roast Goose here in the Philippines and I would say it's nothing close to what I have tasted in Hong Kong. :P

This place is somewhere I would go back again and again in Hong Kong. I have yet to try their Roast Goose noodles too!

Yat Lok Roast Goose Restaurant

34 - 38 Stanley Street, Central

Hong Kong 
Phone Number:  +852 2524 3882

Map of Yat Lok Restaurant