Hong Kong bites: On Lee Fishball Noodles (安利) in Shau Kei Wan
Every local here in Hong Kong will tell you that this district on the far eastern end of Hong Kong island has some of the best local eats. Here I find comfort in On Lee’s fishball noodle place, where they make flat egg noodles like Singapore’s equivalent of meepok and the closest I’d probably get to bak chor mee or fishball noodles.
The fishballs have a springy squishy consistency and are full of flavour–you can tell they are made fresh daily with none of that synthetic texture of those in frozen packs you get from the supermarket. Imperfect as they look, odd shaped, not completely round and delightfully springy.
A soy sauce dip of sliced chilli padi would be perfect, but here, we make do with teochew style spicy chilli in oil. The noodles could do with more dressing à la bak chor mee with a little ketchup, seasame oil, vinegar, more deep fried porky lard bits 猪油 and plenty of mushrooms, but otherwise, perfect for a homesick Singaporean fix.
The deep fried wantons are lovely too as are the soup noodles (rice vermicelli) with beefballs. I still recommend going for the dry version where you get the soup on the side.
I personally love taking the tram there which stops at the Shau Kei Wan terminus and it’s a nice brief walk to this fishball specialist.
55 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East,
Shau Kei Wan
Tel: 2560 6897