Mak's may look like any other Hong Kong noodle shop, but this tiny store is one of the best known in town, with a reputation that belies its humble decor. The staff is attentive, and the menu includes a wide range of delicious dishes, such as various sauce-tossed noodles with pork. The real test of a good Cantonese noodle shop, however, is its wontons, and here they're fresh, delicate, and filled with whole shrimp. And don't miss the sui kau—a slightly larger
and heavier dumpling that has diced mushrooms mixed in to the shrimp filling.
77 Wellington St., Hong Kong, Hong Kong–China
May 14, 2008
If you know and love NYC's Wo Hop basement Chinese restaurant, you'll appreciate the charm of Mak's - it's small and cramped, some tables are communal, it's filled with locals, prices are reasonable. We were seated quickly and given an English menu upon request. I confess, I didn't like the flavor of my soup, my husband didn't care for his either. Perhaps it was simply too unfamiliar for our tastebuds. The wontons were very delicate. Overall,
it was an interesting dining experience but I don't think I would return for the food.