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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.
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.
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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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.