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Where to find Hong Kong’s best sour & spicy noodles

By Sarah Moran 23 May 2019 | Last Updated 11 September 2020

Header image courtesy of MZZ001 (via Shutterstock)

If you’ve lived in this fair city of ours long enough, you’ll know that we Hongkongers are obsessed with our noodles. From wonton noodles and phở (Vietnamese soup noodles) to spicy Sichuan noodles, Hong Kong has no shortage of mouthwatering noodle dishes. This time, we are slurping our way around town to find the five best sour and spicy rice noodles in Hong Kong.

Nam Kee Spring Roll Noodles

Step into this Hong Kong-born chain noodle restaurant for a taste of their mouth-watering sour and spicy noodles. When at Nam Kee Spring Roll Noodles, select between four different variations, or tuck into a bowl of your own customised sour and spicy rice noodles, with ten different toppings to choose from. The delicious, chewy “spring rolls” made of pork are a must-try here. These generous bowls come with liberal amounts of spring onion, pickles, bean sprouts, and other seasonings, and the broth is spicy but bearable. Aside from their famous noodles, there’s also a great deal of history to soak up at this 39-year-old restaurant, now run by two cousins, whose parents started Nam Kee in 1980 as a side business selling traditional cart noodles.

Nam Kee Spring Roll Noodles, locations across Hong Kong

Photo credit: @ichigo_mz85 (via Instagram)

TamJai SamGor

TamJai is the Kowloon side’s equivalent to Nam Kee, and rice noodle lovers are often divided between being on #TeamNamKee or #TeamTamJai. Diners can choose from a large variety of toppings, like pickled vegetables, beansprouts, and tofu skins, and even choose from either normal rice noodles or sweet potato noodles. The spiciness level here is listed from 1–10 and is significantly stronger than what is offered at Nam Kee—perfect for those who can take a little bit of heat.

TamJai SamGor, locations across Hong Kong

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Sad, Spicy, Sour Noodles

“So sour, it makes you salivate; so spicy, it makes you cry” is the tagline of this popular noodle joint. Offering the kind of fare seen on the streets of Sichuan, Sad, Spicy, Sour Noodles serves up some of Hong Kong’s most authentic sour and spicy noodles, with an impressive spice level to match. It even uses the traditional sweet potato noodles paired with a sour and spicy soup base and authentic Sichuan noodle toppings like peanuts and minced pork.

Sad, Spicy, Sour Noodles, locations across Hong Kong

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A-One Pork Chop Spicy Rice Noodle

This popular neighbourhood eatery means business when it comes to their spice, offering some serious kick even at the mildest spice level. A-One Pork Chop Spicy Rice Noodle (try saying that three times fast) offers mouthwatering and flavourful sour spicy noodles Hong Kong-style by offering the unlikely combination of pork chop with rice noodles.

A-One Pork Chop Spicy Rice Noodle, locations across Hong Kong Island

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Yunnan Old Friend Black Mountain Goat Rice Noodle Soup (雲南啊老表黑山羊湯鍋米綫)

As you can guess by the shop’s name alone, much of the menu here is built around one of the lesser familiar meat options found in Chinese dishes. The lamb at Yunnan Old Friend is tender and juicy, sliced thinly for the barest amount of oily heaviness. This delicious meat flavour seeps into the well-balanced sour and spicy broth without overpowering it, and at less than $40 per bowl, this noodle dish is a steal, too.

Yunnan Old Friend Black Mountain Goat Rice Noodle Soup, locations across Kowloon

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Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.

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