Most local Hong Kong residents would know/heard of this HK-style cafe, Wai Kee (維記咖啡粉麵) in Shum Shui Po (subway station exit B), Kowloon. From what I remember, they have been in business for the past 60 years. They are the traditional HK style cafes so don’t expect anything fancy in terms of decor, ambiance or service. They only have the typical round folding chairs with no backings (similar), and serves in plastic cups and bowls. It’s really a quick serve cafe that specializes in pig liver noodles (豬潤麵). People don’t typically linger around and it’s common for several strangers to share a round table. But hey, their food is amazing! It’s considered one of the top 10 food in Hong Kong according to OpenRice.com (similar to Urbanspoon but way better search functionality specific to HK. A go-to website for searching restaurants and restaurant reviews when you’re visiting HK).
Not only does Wai Kee have a long history, they have been featured in various food/tourist shows due to its popularity. A lot of celebrities visit them once in a while and their restaurants was also a setting for several Chinese soap operas from TVB such as Ghetto Justice. Wai Kee has 3 stores on the same strip/road, almost one next to the other. There’s always a line up in the morning or lunch and sometimes around 3PM (their afternoon tea time).
Here’s a picture of their menu but this was taken 4 years ago. Their prices went up to around $29 to $30 per bowl of noodles now due to inflation.
Wai Kee is known for their pig liver noodles.
It may not be the best appealing presentation but delicious! The pig liver is really soft and noodles are just cooked right. You basically have a choice of protein (either pig liver, beef, ham,spam, egg…etc.) + a noodle base (instant noodles, macaroni, vermicelli..etc).
Pig liver may be high in cholerstrol so don’t eat too much of it. I was told that if you have cold limbs (like myself), drinking the pig liver broth will help blood circulation too. 🙂
My favourite at Wai Kee is really their kaya toast, made with duck eggs. Similar to French toast.
I’ve never had anything like it elsewhere. I don’t get sick of this. I can eat 2 of these in a day!
Their hk-style milk tea is also amazing but I did notice a difference depending on which store you go to… guess it’s the barista.
I don’t often visit HK but when I do, Wai Kee is definitely on my list to-eat. There’s also a TON of restaurants/snacks to try out at Shum Shui Po! It’s a hidden gem here!
Note: This meal was complimentary but information here remains unbiased and based on my personal experience and thoughts.
Wai Kee Noodle Cafe (維記咖啡粉麵)
Ground Floor – 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street / Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street , Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Phone#: 2387 6515