I was in Causeway Bay running an errand, and looked around for a place where I could have a quick bite. Thanks to ever-soaring rents over the last few years, a number of my go-to restaurants in the area have closed because of rent. So as I circled around and considered my options, I decided to hit an old favorite of mine.
Ho Hung Kee Wantun Noodles Shop (何洪記) has always been popular long before I even got to Hong Kong, with customers flowing in at all hours of the day to enjoy their simple yet delicious noodles and congee. I've always been a big fan of theirs, especially as I lived near the original Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop (正斗) outlet for a numbers of years. Then came the ridiculous decision by Michelin to give them a star, followed by their decision to move into the brand-spanking-new space in Hysan Place... and the place was never the same again.
Although I didn't arrive at peak hour for dinner, I was surprised that the restaurant wasn't full as it usually was. I guess the drop in Mainland Chinese tourist arrivals have hit them, too... as the price hikes over the last couple of years have priced some of the locals out.
Instead of going for the old favorite stir-fried noodles, I decided to go for a couple of dim sum items I used to enjoy at Tasty. This is one of the limited number of places where one can enjoy a few dim sum items at all hours of the day.