Mak’s Noodle: a Michelin star restaurant with great prices

Mak's Noodle. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

Mak’s Noodle. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.

Mak’s Noodle is an unassuming restaurant among the swanky restaurants at The Peak Galleria. I read that Mak’s Noodle had a Michelin star, so I knew I had to try it.

Customers enjoying their meals.

Customers enjoying their meals.

After being seated, I surveyed the menu and decided to go with the basics: the wonton with noodles in soup and Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. The meal came with tea for free.

Wontons with noodles in soup & Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce.

Wontons with noodles in soup & Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce.

The soup was very tasty. The egg noodles were al dente. The wontons were well-seasoned with shrimp, pork, and mushrooms. The broth was satisfying. Chinese broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables (and is hard to mess up). The steamed Chinese broccoli didn’t disappoint.

That meal was 72 Hong Kong dollars, which is 9 American dollars. Note: you should bring cash, since the restaurant doesn’t take cards. It was a great deal for lunch anywhere in Victoria Peak, but especially for a Michelin star restaurant. However, the best noodle soup that I had (and I tried many during this trip) was the ramen I had in Tokyo.

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Where to get the best ramen in Tokyo

Best ramen shop. Tokyo, Japan.

Best ramen shop. Tokyo, Japan.

Ceddy’s flight to Seoul left earlier than mine did, so I decided to hunt for ramen in Setagaya. I don’t even know the name of this restaurant because there was no English translation on any of the signs. The menu didn’t have any English translations, either.

Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo, Japan.

The restaurant was tiny — there were ten stools (if that many) at the counter. The owner didn’t speak English, so she had me point to what I wanted to order from the menu with photos outside. I decided on the tonkatsu ramen.

I will never get over this ramen. Tokyo, Japan.

I will never get over this tonkatsu ramen. Tokyo, Japan.

It. Was. Incredible. It had a rich pork broth with soft-boiled eggs, pork belly, mushrooms, scallions, a sliced naruto fish cake, bean sprouts, menma bamboo shoots, and thin egg noodles. The price was great, too — the giant, filling bowl of tonkatsu ramen and an iced coffee were 600 Japanese yen (not even $6).

4th & Swift: ladies’ night dinner

Last night, Amanda, Kacey, and I went to 4th & Swift for a ladies’ night dinner. The three of us wanted to go there for awhile, but the menu is a bit pricey. Luckily, it’s Midtown Restaurant Week, so we were able to take advantage of their cheaper prixe fixe menu.

We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to share.

Kacey toasting to ladies' night. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Kacey toasting to ladies’ night. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Amanda toasting, too. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Amanda toasting, too. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

For the first course, I ordered the sweet corn soup with chorizo, Tybee shrimp, and basil crema.

Sweet corn soup. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Sweet corn soup. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

For the second course, I ordered the wood-roasted PFF pork loin, fried polenta, mole, and baby greens.

Pork loin with fried polenta, mole, and baby greens. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Pork loin with fried polenta, mole, and baby greens. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

For dessert, I ordered the toffee, cream cheese ice cream, and butterscotch sauce.

Toffee with cream cheese ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Toffee with cream cheese ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Kacey and I ordered the same choices, while Amanda got the melon salad, trout, and blueberry pie. The three of us were full and happy after dinner, drinks, and catching up. Cheers to ladies’ night!

Me, Amanda, and Kacey. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.

Me, Amanda, and Kacey. Atlanta, Georgia. 09.13.13.