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Underrated Hong Kong Soul Food – 4 Must-Try Restaurants for Beef Brisket

June 8, 2021

When we talk about typical local good food, beef brisket has to be on the list. Though under-celebrated among tourists, this Chiu Chow influenced cuisine has become one of the most popular comfort foods for Hong Kongers.

Cook in house secret brine for long hours, good old-fashioned beef brisket should be tender, juicy, and of rich complex flavors of spices. Call it “soul food” as you may, because the brisket has absorbed and embodied the soul of a restaurant, a.k.a the same old brine that has been boiling for years, if not decades. Only water and more spices and meat were added from time to time.

Best served with noodles or rice, beef brisket is everyone’s favorite. Here we give you 4 good recommendations!

1. Kau Kee 九記

Founded in the 1920s, this restaurant has been queued up for its beef brisket specialty. A great variety of combinations of parts, noodles, and broths (curry is their signature) is available. Make sure you order quickly to not fail the Central pace.

Curry Beef Tendon Noodle Soup (咖喱牛筋腩伊麵) HKD 51

2. Sister Wah 華姐

Tin Hau’s all-time favorite eatery offers the Beef Brisket Noodle Soup at its best. Clear flavorful broth and topped with a generous amount of beef brisket, their beef is already rich in pure meat flavors without a heavy layer of sauce. Also try the honeycomb tripe like a local.

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup HKD50

3. Wong Lam Kee 王林記

Celebrated by Shau Kei Wan’s locals for their top-notch-local delicacy, their Rice with Braised Beef Brisket is as famous as their fishballs. The beef chunks are braised in a good mix of Chinese sauces that are flavorful, succulent and tender, whilst the beef tendon melts in your mouth.

Rice with Braised Beef Brisket with a free bowl of soup (牛腩飯) HKD50

4. Mak’s Noodles 麥奀記

Most famous for its wonton noodles. This Michelin starred restaurant also offers promising dishes like tossed noodles with beef brisket. Not only is the beef brisket delicious, the noodles are also exceptionally good- springy and in texture and taste.

Tossed noodles with beef brisket

Don’t forget that beef brisket is on every street and there is hardly a bad one. So follow your instinct and explore for your Hong Kong soul food experience.

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