Yum: review of Kau Kee Restaurant

Yum: review of Kau Kee Restaurant


The famous Kau Kee restaurant in Kau Kee is always cramped and crowded.
The famous Kau Kee restaurant in Kau Kee is always cramped and crowded.
Photo: YP Cadet Millie Dang


A delicious bowl of beef brisket noodles
A delicious bowl of beef brisket noodles
Photo: YP Cadet Millie Dang

Kau Kee Restaurant

21 Gough Street
Tel: 2850 5967

Grub: Guangdong-style noodles

Vibe: Kau Kee is a small, cramped shop that is very much like any other traditional Hong Kong business - ceiling fans, bright white lights, tiled walls, and lots of loud yelling between the customers and the only waitress in the busy shop. 

Who to bring: Someone who eats fast. Hong Kong in general is a fast-paced city that has no down time and no time to wait for anyone; eating fast would make both your own and everyone else's life easier - including the staff working there. It'd also be good if at least one person could speak fluent Putonghua or Cantonese because there's no ordering system in this restaurant - you're expected to simply yell your order out until they hear you.

What's hot: The restaurant specialises in beef brisket noodles, with a lot of different broths available, including a curry broth. There are also four types of noodles available for each broth: rice noodles, e-fu noodles, flat noodles, and vermicelli. 

I opted for the beef brisket with flat noodle in the standard broth. The broth was both fragrant and flavourful, while the brisket was tender and well-seasoned. The noodles were not too hard or too soft, and were quite bouncy, making them quite a good light lunch or afternoon snack. 

What's not: In a busy local restaurant like Kau Kee, the service is, more often than not, poor. It's not that the waitresses or chefs have anything against you; they're just too busy taking orders and dishing out noodles to be nice. 

In the same way, however, you don't need to raise your hand to order, you just yell - in fact, I got yelled at for trying to raise my hand. 

Kau Kee never set out to rival the Shangri-La in terms of decor; it's very cramped and humid, and you may catch the occasional fly trying to steal a bite of your food. But don't let that distract you from your delicious noodles!

Cost: A regular bowl of beef brisket noodles is HK$30-HK$40. Noodles with flavoured broth (like curry or oyster sauce) are HK$40-HK$60. Beef brisket on its own usually costs upwards of HK$100.


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