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Best cart noodles in Hong Kong

Get ready to noodle around town!

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Time Out Hong Kong
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While slurping comforting noodles like ramen, udon, and tsukemen are really hard to beat, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of cart noodles to any true Hongkonger. In the 1950s, this unique Hong Kong offering was initially sold by food vendors who roamed the streets with a wooden cart (hence its name). Though vendors on wheels are rarely seen nowadays, cart noodles remain a stalwart favourite of many city dwellers. Luckily, we can always get a fix of this iconic indulgence at numerous local eateries – here are some of the best you need to try. By Natalie Lam

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Best cart noodles in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Sham Shui Po
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Proven by the seemingly endless queue outside its doors, Man Kee is an incredibly popular cart noodle shop that currently has four locations in Sham Shui Po. For over a decade, this well-known eatery has been getting much love from customers not only for its famed beef brisket broth but also for its unbeatable range of good-value topping choices that are guaranteed to satisfy every palate. We don’t know about you, but Man Kee is definitely on our Sham Shui Po must-eat list.

  • Restaurants
  • Wan Chai
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Not to be confused with the noodle shop of the same name in Central, Kau Kee Offal Noodles is a beloved local diner in Wan Chai that specialises in cart noodles. As its name suggests, this place prides itself in offering a whole assortment of offal toppings including pork rind, pig blood curd, and pig intestines. For those who are not a fan of offal, don’t worry, because Kau Kee also offers a variety of other toppings like wontons and fish balls. Best of all, you can enjoy a hearty bowl of cart noodles with three toppings for just $32! Bargain.

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  • Restaurants
  • Prince Edward

Unlike your usual local noodle joint, Block Sixteen stands out in particular with its retro décor that reminds customers of Hong Kong back in the 60s. Of course, there’s more to this highly-raved eatery than just its interior. Aside from offering over 30 different toppings, Block Sixteen also provides alternatives to regular noodle options, such as beetroot noodles and shrimp roe noodles – all served in a flavourful homemade pork bone and chicken broth. Just give it a try, and you’ll understand why people flock there despite its relatively high price tags.

  • Restaurants
  • Sheung Wan
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You can’t go wrong with Noodle Supreme. Having welcomed celebrity customers like Chow Yun-fat, the humble neighbourhood eatery is best known for its mouth-numbing soup base and its wide range of topping options all priced at just $10 each. From common ingredients like chicken wings and curry fish balls to more adventurous choices like pig intestines and marinated duck kidneys, Noodle Supreme has it all. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the myriad of options, just pick from the shop’s recommended combos; it won’t let you down. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Causeway Bay
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Established for over 20 years, Wing Kee Noodle has come a long way from starting as a street hawker to now one of the most welcomed cart noodle spots in town. This no-frills eatery retains the old-school atmosphere of a traditional cha chaan teng and is frequented not only by locals who live nearby but also dedicated foodies for its famed soy sauce chicken wing tips and pig’s blood curd. So, the next time you visit Causeway Bay and your stomach start rumbling, be sure to make a stop at Wing Kee and slurp up some noods!

  • Restaurants
  • Wan Chai
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Another favourite cart noodle spot amongst Hong Kong foodies, Car Noodle’s Family is one of the few standing-only restaurants in the city. Thanks to its perfectly cooked toppings, delightful broth and of course, low prices, you’ll always find a massive queue stretched outside its doors, particularly during lunch hours. But really, its famed spicy satay soup base and curry squid are well-worth the long wait. Don’t believe us? Head there and try it yourself.

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