Knife-shaved noodle is a specialty of the Shanxi province, China. I remember I've once seen in a TV show a noodle master from Shanxi placed a the dough on his head, holding two shavers with both hands and shaved the noodles into pots of boiling water at various distances, wow! One of those masters is in Tsuen Wan, yesterday I met him in the kitchen of his very famous eateries, he is also the owner of two other shops under the same brand, one in Yuen Long, and the other also in Tsuen Wan.
I arrived early in the evening to dodge the peak hour for pilgrimage, the shop looks humble indeed though there are some adverts and culinary reviews from newspaper cutting, and photos of the owner with gourmets and celebrities stick at the glass pane near the entrance, though nearly crammed every hour of the day, the owner may think his shop still needs enticement for new customers.
Kitchen also the stage
just $42 for all
I sat down ordering a bowl of Knife-shaved Noodles with Five Spices Beef, and a dish of Choi Sum with Oyster Sauce (oil skipped). While I was waiting for my food to come, I looked into the kitchen and could see the Shanxi master and a youngster whom I thought should be his disciple performing various mesmerising gymnastics with the flour dough.
Sometimes the master twisted the dough, sometime ramming it with his hands against the table, and hey presto, he was really doing the Ramen! I could actually see the Ramen became thinner and thinner with each twist and pull action in the master's dab hands. No placing of the dough on the head though, the shaving of the knife-shaved noodle out of the dough were blistering actions that require tremendous skill to maintain the length and texture of every pieces. I think working successfully in this kitchen considerable stamina for the chef, bear resemblance to an artisan, is required. The show in the kitchen proved to be an entertaining one well before the meal!
Five Spices Beef Knife-shaved Noodle $30
Knife-shaved noodle close look
And finally the knife-shaved noodle came, very large a bowl of it and I suggest the shop may provide lady's size in the future as an environmental friendly gesture. The knife-shaved noodles were thicker in the middle and thinner at both edges, what's expected of knife-shaved noodles, very chewy, a bit sticky and got a wonderful fragrance of flour. The soup was amazingly good too, it got a chinese medicinal smell but no horrid, it tasted so soothing and unique, "Isn't it the taste of Wolfberry?" I asked, and I couldn't help but drank the bowl of soup to the last mouthful of it, and without thirsty feeling afterwards.
A piece of five spices beef shank
The five spices beef was good but nothing extraordinary, shank meat was used which tendons were soft enough, melted and blended well with the meat inside my mouth, though the texture was good the taste was nothing special to tell the truth.
Choi Sum in oyster sauce $12
The Choi Sum was very good too, though not in a quantity that would satisfy me or the health conscious people, it tasted very good in its freshness, the oyster sauce was the less salty type which is also my kind of thing.
my seat facing the entrance and the kitchen
High quality yet not expensive, show in the kitchen a perk, definitely will be added to my list of favorite eateries.
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 08, 2013
Occasion: Father's Day
Spending per head: Approximately HKD42Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4