The Hubs and I fly down to Hong Kong every year, and friends often wonder what exactly it is that we do there. Our usual reply: We walk. We shop. We eat.
It’s true. Of course, we eat and shop a lot but not many people know that we also walk A LOT. We love exploring the little streets and alleys because they have so much character. Set against a backdrop of old Hong Kong buildings, the streets are gritty, and quirky all at the same time. During our recent trip, we discovered what has got to be one of our favourite streets – Gough Street.
Located on Sheung Wan, just north of the Soho area of Central, this street used to be home to printing presses in the past. These days, most of the printing presses have made way for designer lifestyle shops, and trendy bars and restaurants.
. one of the few traditional shops still left .
. a designer lifestyle store selling a quirky mix of furniture and household items .
One of the best ways to get to Gough Street is by climbing up this flight of old staircase on Queen’s Road Central.
The staircase is steep, weathered and man, there are a lot of steps to climb but we like it because it’s just so “Hong Kong”. 🙂
The highlight of Gough Street for us was Kau Kee. This shop has been around for half a century, and is famous for their beef brisket noodles.
We heard about the long queues of hungry customers during meal times, and tried our luck at four in the afternoon on a weekday. The shop was still packed with customers at that hour, but thankfully, we managed to find seats. The orders are pretty basic – you pick your choice of noodles and go either with the beef noodles in clear soup or in a curry sauce.
This was the best beef noodles we’ve had. Ever. Nothing comes close.
The clear beef broth was incredibly rich and packed with flavor. I’ve read that the soup is made from beef ribs and brisket juices, and kept simmering all day and night to seal in the flavor. The generous portion of beef brisket was delicious, tender and went perfectly with the hor fun. We slurped up every last strand of noodle in that bowl.
To be honest, we weren’t very keen on ordering the curry beef noodles. I mean, this is Hong Kong, how good can curry get? But having heard all the rave reviews, we just had to try. And boy, did that bowl of noodles pack a punch. The thick curry sauce was spicy with pieces of beef that had been painstakingly stewed for hours, and melted in our mouths. It was the ultimate comfort food on a cold winter’s day.
Don’t ask us which was better because we really cannot decide. Our advice: Order both!
We’ve thinking about Kau Kee’s beef noodles for the past few weeks and I think we might have to make another trip back just for our beef noodles fix.
Kau Kee Restaurant 九記牛腩
- G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
- Open on Mon- Sat 12.30pm – 10.30pm
- Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
- Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan