Kau Kee Restaurant
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
(aka 3 min walk from Aberdeen, north/right side of Gough, GROUND FLOOR)
I was adamant about hitting hot spots for food this visit, and Kau Kee Restaurant is known for their Beef Brisket noodles (ngau nam min or fun). Plopped down with some strangers luckily with another couple who was from the US, so somehow didn’t seem as awkward. (However, they seemed to be following rule #2: don’t talk with the people sharing your table even though we were gui lo’s from the same country. So no small talk during this meal either.)
So we had the beef brisket with yi min and also had it stir fried with yi min (sorry no picture for the yi min, had to adhere to rule #3 of not idling.) The beef was tender. The soup was clear and full flavored. The yi min and brisket was tasty, too. We added a splash of red vinegar on both and it enhanced the wonderful beefy flavors even more.
$ to Value Ratio: 5/5 Beeps, again around 50-60 HKD. CHEAP!!
Yummy Factor: 5/5 Beeps (Salty Deliciousness)
Texture Satisfaction: 5/5 Beeps
Average beeps: 5 Beeps
Conclusion: Hearty and beefy. Try it.
[CFG Hong Kong Dining Tips: 1. Be ready to share a table with strangers. 2. Don’t expect to make “small talk” with the stranger – they might look at you weirdly. 3. Don’t idle. Make your decision quickly. 4. Be ready to pay up and get out. Most casual restaurants you pay at the cashier when you’re done, unless you’re somewhere fancy. In that case, once the check is delivered, they will stand there and wait for you to pay, so be ready to pay as they stare at you (yes, awkward for us Gui Lo’s). 5. Don’t expect friendly service. Just efficient Service. They might just bark at you, but don’t take it personally. The cashier might throw change at you, but I wouldn’t take that personally either. They’re just trying to get you out the door for more business to come in. “Mo Juo Zhu Sai lah!!” – Don’t get in the way. 6. Oh yea, it is customary to NOT tip unless already automatically added on.]