Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ay-Tu Flour Rice Noodle 阿土麵線

It was my very first time to try Flour Rice Noodle (麵線), one of the many street food found in Hong Kong. Apparently it was a typical Taiwanese street food similar to Hong Kong's "fake sharp fin soup by the bowl" (碗仔翅). Basically it was a bowl of rice noodles in overly thick and salty soup mixed with various kinds of spices and sliced pink intestine (豬腸), a Chinese delicacies. I added a few extra items such as squid mouth pieces and mini oysters because they looked delicious behind the counter. However, the soup was so salty that I had to rush to the closest 7-11 for immediate re-hydration!

I guess I kind of expected street food to be overly salty but what I did not expect was the addition of garlic, I mean literally spoonful of minced raw garlic paste! It gave the whole dish a very delightful flavors but I guarantee you that you will depart with mouthful of garlic aftertaste which would last all day and night! Definitely not the most delicious street food I ever tried (I prefer the fake shark fin soup 碗仔翅) but it was something new to me and I enjoyed the whole experience, including eating it while standing on the sidewalk under extreme heat and surrounded by clouds of visible smog generated by buses nearby. It was part of the experience !

Sometimes I wonder why street food is so popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Asian cities. Is it due to the price? the food quality? the wide selection? the amount of sodium or MSG? I have no idea, maybe it is the whole experience which made the world of differences in this case.

  • Wide selection of extra items
  • Raw Garlic paste overdose (I can kill vampires with my breath!)
  • Sodium overdose
Avg Spending: Below HKD 100 per person

AY-TU Flour Rice Noodle 阿土麵線
G/F, Southom Center
3 O'Brien Road, Wan Chai

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Bernard said...

after reading your review, i feel like i have already tried it myself haha nice work!

Anonymous said...

hey i'm "B" ar.. how to use this comment box gar? /what should i choose??

i tried that before in taiwan. really lots of MSG ar... talk to u via office email.

cheeky angel said...

I went to the one in Mongkok, just off Fa Yuen Street and tried their fried chicken pieces. The pieces of chicken were quite small and weren't bad taste-wise due to the seasoned salt they dosed the chicken pieces with (or because I was starving at the time) but imho, it's pretty pricey for what you get. The small portion cost $15 (IIRC) and the large portion was $24 - hardly typical of street food.

Jason said...

@cheeky angel, thanks for dropping by my blog! You are right about the cost, extra items cost quite a bit for my 麵線 (relatively speaking in terms of % of the default price) and can certainly add up quite significantly. I guess they are trying to distinguish itself as upscale street food? haha ...

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