Ahhh, Kau Kee. Before I went to Hong Kong this time, I did some research on places to eat. And in many of my searches and chats with friends, Kau Kee came up a few times, and with glowing reviews.
I was initially a bit skeptical, can a beef brisket noodle stall really be that good?
After I entered the small cosy store and sat down at a table shared with many others, I was soon made aware of the bustling ambiance – people moving in and out at a quick pace, amidst happy slurping sounds.
I battled a bit between the original Beef Brisket Noodles and the Curry Beef Tendon Noodles, and decided to have the latter, which sounded more special… and besides, I LOVE tendon.
And when it arrived, steaming and packed to the brim in a deceptively small bowl with springy noodles and beefy goodness, I found happiness. Tucking in, I literally experienced a wondrous 15 minutes of pure delight as I enjoyed my noodles. The meal even put me in a good mood for the rest of the night.
The bowl was filled with generous, luscious pieces of soft, melt-in-your mouth beef tendon and flavourful, tender beef brisket. The bigger pieces of brisket could have done with a tiny bit less cooking I felt but nevertheless, they were still so very delicious.
Combined with the springy, tasty flat egg noodles (they ran out of the popular e-fu noodles! go early!) and rich, intense curry sauce, this was without a doubt the best bowl of beef tendon noodles that I had ever eaten.
And for the price (HKD$43 or around S$7.90), I felt that it provided good value for money. I could eat this a few times a week, seriously. Well, when I’m not on a low carb diet anyway haha.
I also had a bowl of the broth that comes with the original beef brisket noodles (HKD$10 or around S$1.90) and it too was enjoyable – light and fragrant but every spoonful filled with flavour. My guess is that the original beef brisket noodles would be delicious too.
Even the ice lemon tea (HKD$21 or around S$3.90) was yummy, not too sweet and with just the right balance of lemon and tea. I liked it.
Overall I had a wonderful experience at Kau Kee and would definitely go back again to have it if I ever visit Hong Kong again. Service is non-existent of course, but that’s pretty much the case everywhere in HK, and didn’t bother me too much as I was happy to just keep calm and eat my noodles.
Took only around 10 minutes or less for me to get seated. It’s easy to seat one I guess!
If you are visiting Hong Kong, these beef noodles are not to be missed.
Hou sek worrr! 🙂
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30pm to 10.30pm, closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.