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Another Bowl of Noodles Please…@Olala, Wanchai

Date of Visit: February 15 2013

After yesterday’s most uninspiring ramen experience (here), mom took me to Olala near Admiralty. This is dubbed ‘Hong Kong’s most expensive noodles place’ with a bowl of noodles costing a whopping HK$150!  To give you a bit of perspective via Big Mac Index, a Big Mac Extra Value Meal here costs a mere HK$21.

This noodles joint is in a tight corner-shop sitting around 16 people with double celing height and adorned with some unremarkable BW pictures.  Apparently this restaurant is also included in the Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide!

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The Chinese calligraphy hanging over the wall says ‘ One Bowl of Noodles’, which is also the shop’s Chinese name

Pickled Salted Shanghainese Vegetables (Complimentary)
Smackingly good!

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Preserved Veg

Smoked Eggs HK$20
These are perfect smoked eggs in Shanghainese vinegared soy sauce with coargulating egg yolks. I must say the soy sauce is of premium quality as it left no briney aftertaste.

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Smoked Eggs

Beef Noodles Soup
This bowl of beef noodles soup brought me back to my childhood days where my gran took my brother and I to the Shanghainese ‘cha cha’an teng’ in Tsim Sha Tsui. These old Shanghainese noodles places are long-gone. But I remembered the tender soft beef brisket and springy noddles. Here, I was given a huge bowl of noodles in rich beef broth, 6 huge chunks of beef briskets and baby bak choy.  The soup was simply too delicious to not drink up. Although tea was offered I didn’t touch them and felt the guilty pleasure of a tummy full of beef broth when I left the shop.  Haha!

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Beef Noodles Soup

Fish Noodles Soup
Wow! The next time I’m back, I will order this. Mom gave me a taste of the broth. It was tantalizingly sweet from the fish-head and chicken stock (not MSG, mind you) coupled with the pickled vegetables, very reminiscent of our home-cooked fish-head soup (another piece of ancient history).

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Fish Noodles Soup

Check out the noodles – thick and chewy with a spring in each bite!

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Spring in my mouth!

Will I be back?  Most defo!

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