|Mak's Noodle (麥奀雲吞麵世家)|
View of the shop from footbridge
|Current owner(s)||Mak Chi-ming|
|Food type||Cantonese: wonton noodles|
|Street address||Wellington Street, Central|
It is a third-generation family business dating back to the 1960s, and is now run by Mak Chi-ming, whose grandfather Mak Woon-chi (麥煥池) served the dish to Chiang Kai-shek. It is claimed that the recipe has remained unchanged since Mak's grandfather's time.
The noodles restaurant has its roots in a Guangzhou eaterie established pre-war by Mak Woon-chi. One of his sons, Mak King-hung (麥鏡鴻), nicknamed Mak Ngan (麥奀) because he was extremely skinny as a child, started an open air food stall in Central in 1968 in which his younger brother was the chef. The founder retired in 1983, and renounced his food stall license in lieu of HK$36,000 in compensation from the Hong Kong government.
The founder's eldest son, Mak Chi-chung (麥志忠), opened his own restaurant Chung Kee Noodles (忠記麵家), in 1986, while Mak senior partnered his son-in-law in 1989 to reincarnate his original business in Wellington Street. He ran the restaurant himself and retired again in 1996. The business was succeeded by his second son Mak Chi-ming, the current proprietor.
Hong Kong wonton noodles are usually equated with wonton and noodles served together in piping hot broth. However, the restaurant also serves noodles together with other choices in addition to the traditional wonton. These may either be served in broth or with dry noodles (撈麵) and the broth in a separate bowl, as in some other Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.
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This dish was recommended in a "Q&A" column of the New York Times. Mak's was said to be "a spot so well known it has its own Wikipedia page"
As of Nov 2013, a bowl of wonton noodles at Mak's costs HK$33.
Because most other canteens sell the wonton noodles at HK$18 whose bowl is three times the size of Mak's and quality is comparable, Mak's rating is low at 2.5-2.6 out of 5 by Hong Kong's food rating website OpenRice.
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