Hong Kong budget eats

Delicious Thai noodles served with a smile at Siam Noodles in Tsim Sha Tsui

  • Restaurant serves up different types of noodles with your choice of Thai soup
  • Noodle dishes from the cosy restaurant start from US$8
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 6:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 7:36pm

Tucked away in the busy streets of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district is a small Thai restaurant called Siam Noodles.

The interior is quite cosy and the walls are hung with framed photos of the restaurant’s dishes, and of boat noodles being prepared on a boat in Thailand. The service was friendly and helpful we overheard a waiter patiently explaining the menu in English to a Korean tourist.

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The menu consists mainly of noodles which are available with three types of soup, along with some small dishes. We chose a different type of noodle to go with each of the soup bases, and a Thai snack and drink.

The Japanese Hida wagyu beef boat soup (HK$128) with pad Thai noodles had a thick beef broth. The beef was thin and had a great texture. There were slivers of crisp pork skin which soaked up the soup really well. The fish balls were bouncy, and the sweetness of the white radish added even more flavour to the soup. Okra was also served in every noodle dish.

The US premium Angus beef tom yum soup (HK$88) with sweet potato noodles had a mild broth that wasn’t spicy enough for one of our reviewers, but just right for the other. The thinly sliced beef seemed to melt in our mouths. We thought the sweet potato noodles had a nice texture, and we liked them best of the three noodles we tried. This dish also came with one mussel and a shrimp.

The Kurobuta pork clear soup (HK$68) with egg noodles had an amazing broth and was our favourite bowl of the day. The clear soup was well flavoured, with a hint of the sweetness from white radish. The pork was tender, and the pork liver tasted quite fresh, while the cuttlefish balls had an elastic texture.

Because we went during their “high tea” period from 2.30pm to 6pm, snacks and drinks were half the price.

We enjoyed the Thai-style boneless chicken feet (HK$24 during high tea) which were spicier than other Thai chicken feet we had tried. The refreshing sweet and sour sauce coated the chewy tendons and skin, as well as the vegetables which included lettuce, carrot, Chinese celery and onions.

We also loved their home-made Thai pandan lemongrass drink (HK$14). The drink consisted of a bottle of Thai soda water that was poured into a cup containing pandan leaves and a stick of lemongrass. The pandan was quite strong tasting, but went well with the gingery tasting drink.

Siam Noodles, Kar Lock Building, 7 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2350 4808. Open 11am-midnight.

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