Good Hope Noodle – Hong Kong

Good Hope Noodle in Mong Kok (HK) has been around since 1971 and it serves up the quintessential Hong Kong wonton noodle bar classics be it your beef tendon (they call it beef stringy here, Chinglish, I guess), stewed brisket, ‘siu kow’ dumplings, boiled liver, meatballs and congee to name a few. The tiled brightly lit room is adorned with circular glass topped tables along with booths and the action happens in an open kitchen. We came here during a trip in November 2014 for our first meal after freshly landing from London.

Braised noodle with beef brisket and tendon $43. Yes the deep richness of slow cooking was here on this one but it lacked seasoning and the noodles were a tad over cooked. Not bad though, just not great. A shame really as when this dish is good, it can be one of the best things you can eat. 

Wonton noodles with fish came in a broth and it was as bland as can be. Perhaps this one is for the health conscious and it was dare I say it.. boring.

Siu now dumplings are typically a mix of pork, prawns and wood ear mushrooms and they were pretty decent in that chive broth.

Wontons – not ordering them whilst in a noodle restaurant in Hong Kong would be a cardinal sin and they went bad but they didn’t bowl us over. 

The verdict:

When did I go? November 2014
The damage: Expect to pay $60-$100 HK (£6-£8) per head
The good: It’s quick, cheap and convenient!
The bad: The food wasn’t bad overall but it was easily forgettable, I’ve had much better in Hong Kong and considering it was our first meal of the holiday it paved a way of better things to come for us. The grim factor of this place was that although our waiter beamed enthusiasm his obscurely long pinkie finger nail really put us off our meal as much as humouring us! It didn’t stop there though as he proceeded to cut our noodles with a pair of crusty scissors that were soaking in what looked like lukewarm water! We somehow got the wonky table too so our dishes were sliding all over the glass topped table which seemed to be over-zealously wiped with the floor mop probably.
Rating: 2/5
Would I go again? No
Address: 18 Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 23846898

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