Ever since I was young, the first cost-cutting tactic I learned when booking a vacation in Hong Kong was to opt for breakfast outside the hotel. Normally, that meant a trip to the nearest McDonald’s – to enjoy their sausage mcmuffin with egg.
This all changed when my friend Carla introduced me to Mak’s Noodles (not McNoodles). This restaurant is famous for its wonton noodle soup. At first I said “What could be so special with wonton noodle soup?! They all taste the same.” Then Carla said Anthony Bourdain once ate there and he loved it! So okay, let’s try it for breakfast.
I tried the beef brisket wonton noodle soup. It was the best wonton noodle soup I every tasted!
I don’t know what its founder, Mak Woon-chi, put in his soup way back in 1960’s, but it was surely a kick-ass broth! He once served this soup to China’s President, Chiang Kai-shek.
Every slurp was a major event! Hahaha! Then when you scoop up and devour that big wonton, it gives you another burst of flavor that delights every taste bud in your mouth! It was so good I was able to ignore the loud waitress that was obviously pissed at one of her co-workers.
Mak’s Noodles has several branches: Wellington Street in Central, Leighton Road in Causeway Bay (near Times Square), and even in Victoria Peak. There are other branches and I’m sure you can find one near your hotel in Kowloon or Hong Kong side.
After the more than satisfying wonton noodle experience at Mak’s Noodles in Causeway Bay, a nice surprise awaited just a block away – Coffee Academics.
At the entrance, their huge roasting machine surrounded by containers of coffee beans from different parts of the world greets you. Their brightly lit bar with busy but pleasant baristas is also a welcome sight.
The weather was nice and cool so we decided to sit in their patio area. Well, my friend Alex was desperate for a cigarette too. Coffee Academics’ ambience is perfect for cozy conversations. I wanted to try all their coffee concoctions but I had to choose one. I first tried a basic black cup but went back to try their latte.
The coffee was great! I’m not an expert but their latte was quite smooth. I decided to pair it with churros (even if I already had a bowl of wonton noodle soup a few minutes before).
I had to pat myself on the back for ordering that. The ice cream and chocolate syrup was a perfect match to the crunchy cinnamon-sprinkled pastry. And to think I’m diabetic!
I thoroughly enjoyed that morning of hot noodles and hot coffee. At first I thought that would be a weird combo but it works. Add to this combo a few friends that love hot noodles and coffee and your day is off to a great start.
Try their different outlets in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui, Repulse Bay, and The Morrison!