Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ramen - Hide Chan Hong Kong 秀 Japanese Ramen with a local twist

This time last year, mum and dad went to Kyushu and spent 2 weeks driving around the island.  It was a month after the biggest earthquake to hit Japan and nobody wanted to visit Japan. They had a great time there and wouldn't hesitate to recommend friends to visit. They tried ramen in a good number of places, some good and some average. Check out where they went here.

One of the shops they tried in Fukuoka was Hide-chan. Other than its char-siu, there wasn't a whole lot to write home about their ramen. As it turned out at round the same time they had Hide-chan's bowl of Ramen in Fukuoka, the ramen chain opened a branch in Hong Kong. Today is the Hong Kong branch's one year anniversary and they ran a promotion where you buy one bowl of their original ramen, you get a bowl free.

White Hide Ramen 白秀ラーメン

There was no queue when the promotion started at 6pm and the shop wasn't full at no time during their 30 minutes stay. The ramen was similar to the one in Japan and yet again the highlight was the slightly charred char-siu. The soup broth was overly greasy and it would be a real challenge to empty the whole bowl.  They also tried the spicy tsukemen, which was essentially ramen dipped into a bowl of sauce. The spicy sauce had a nice kick to it but some might find this an acquired taste.

Spicy Tsukemen 赤秀つけ麺

The shop wouldn't really be worth writing for the quality of its food. Mum and dad heard a fair amount of bad word-of-mouth comments about the store. Were these comments too harsh? Hell no!! You need to wonder when the waitresses and cooks behind the counter chit-chats overwhelm those of the restaurant's customers!! Some of the waitresses handling of other customers were borderline rude. Lets just say you get better service in some of Hong Kong's ubiquitous Cha Chan Teng 茶餐廳. Unless you want to verify our words, you might be better off going to Tsui Wah 翠華 next door!!

Address: 33 Wellington Street

Don't be fooled by our photos!!
If you reading this and has no idea what Cha Chaan Teng is, check out the very well written overview in CNNGO.

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