HK 2013 – Grilled Pork Neck Cheese Noodles @ Sun KeeDecember 14, 2013 | 4,026 views
Grilled Pork Neck Cheese Instant Noodles (HKD41/RM17/USD6) sounded like something a kid would have done at home with left overs and a packet of instant noodles without the seasoning. Yet, at Sun Kee in Hong Kong, this is a classic.
Happy Saturday dear folks. Kicking back & soaking in the holidays atmosphere (or rather, school break fear)? The rainy weather, sudden barrage of workload and Christmas tunes blaring out from all corners in the malls make for one potent blend of shopping spree-inducing fiasco. Naturally, people escape from staying outdoor for too long (lest one loves to be stuck in the perpetual congestion), and the best way to counter work stress? Eat, shop, eat and then eat again.
For this evening, here’s something of a lighter read. Revisiting the Hong Kong 2013 chapter , here’s a review on a stall that I hesitated to include in my food list; for the sheer fact that I have had many a time reservations and bad experiences with anything combining Eastern fares with cheese. Yes, even the cheese baked rice that’s so common in Hong Kong-style restaurants in Malaysia.
But Sun Kee comes not only highly recommended by some guides and reviews, the place was also frequented by movie stars apparently (although most of them are well past their prime, and the shots were taken at least a decade back!).
So how could a bowl of instant noodles topped with a slab of grilled pork neck and a pale yellow gravy be something so special that people kept going back for more?
Sun Kee Cheese Noodles Restaurant was anything but a restaurant. More like a small ‘cha chaan teng’ hidden amongst the dodgy looking shops in Champagne Court, Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui area. But you are almost expected to share a table at all times.
Though it was not that easy to find this place, thankfully some good Samaritan on the web pointed out clear directions. Champagne Court on Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui area is not hard to find; but this shop is well embedded into the structure that you won’t be able to see this from the outside. But don’t worry, walk in into the mini shopping complex that’s almost dead come night time, and you will see Sun Kee.
The small shop can seat a maximum of 20 pax at most. And you probably have to elbow your way while slurping on the sticky mess of a gooey noodles drowned in cheese sauce.
Yes, cheese sauce. Their specialty seemingly is their own concocted blend of cheese sauce. A balance of savoury and sweet flavours; with a heavy dash of umami as expected, the noodles tasted fabulous in my books. Definitely not for everyone though, as if you hate your macaroni and cheese, then you probably will suffer a panic attack upon seeing this in front of you.
Cheese Balls were amazing fish (or maybe cuttlefish, I could not remember) balls injected with creamy cheese within, then served with more cheese sauce for good measure.
Although at HKD41 per bowl the noodles does not come cheap, but this was executed so flawlessly that you don’t feel the ‘jelak’ (satiety, nauseating sensation) even after the entire portion was downed. I sure did not, and this being my second dinner on that evening!
The cheese balls begged to be tried, and you can also choose to have them with the noodles instead of grilled pork neck. But remember this; do NOT forsake the charm of the almighty pork neck. Grilled to a tender finish, with hints of smokiness from the grill; the lightly salted pieces of meat went down perfectly with the cheese sauce. If only they could have served more than a few bites.
Yes, the signboard is almost non-existent for Champagne Court. So you really have to be on your toes for this one.
Thus, we came to the conclusion that noodles in Hong Kong are not relegated to only wanton noodles, wanton noodles and more wanton noodles. Although this possibly won’t be up everyone’s alley, I daresay for those who love their cheese, pork and noodles, this is one heck of an addictive combination.
More Hong Kong food stories to come. Still catching up to make miracles happen before the year ends.
SUN KEE CHEESE NOODLES
G/F, Shop 13-14, Champagne Court,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Google Map to all Hong Kong and Macau highlights covered thus far
*Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station (red line) and exit at B1 or B2 and walk towards Kimberley Road. Champagne Court is near to The Mira Hong Kong