After having dinner with Jennifer and having an amazing conversation where she shared with me many great places to eat at in Hong Kong, I immediately consulted her list when going for lunch with my mom the next day. I wish I had this list of restaurants sooner!
One of the restaurants that she recommended was called TamJai SamGor which is a cross-bridge noodles restaurant. “Sam Gor” means “third uncle”. Inside the restaurant are small round chairs around tables with only a few booths for four people. There weren’t many people here when we walked in but by the time we were in the middle of our meal, we were sharing our table with two other sets of families, twice! (I eat slow.)
To start, I loved the snack that we ordered that was a “Sam Gor” specialty chicken wings translated as “saliva wings”. These wings were already cut up into two parts and doused with spicy oil and peanuts. These weren’t too spicy and I was able to finish them. They were really, really good. I wish they had these in Toronto actually!
Since they specialize in cross bridge noodles (where noodles and toppings are brought to you raw and you dunk everything into a steaming bowl of soup), we ordered the special “Cross-bridge Mixian” which “mi xian” means vermicelli. To my surprise, when they brought the bowl of noodles to our table, all the noodles and toppings were already added into the bowl. I remember the very first time I had cross bridge noodles in Toronto, they were served to us the original way. Nevertheless, there were a ton of toppings in here, some of which include chicken, beef, pork, ham, fish balls, beef balls, octopus balls, vegetables, and more. It was a hodgepodge of soupy noodles and food! It was really good.
We also ordered a “Sam Gor” vermicelli that was a bit “ma la” spicy. (Can you tell that I was actually really in the mood for spicy food that day?) Unfortunately, this one was actually so spicy that I couldn’t finish one slurp of noodles at all and had to dilute the noodles from this with the cross bridge noodles soup base. It was so spicy but also a really well done kind of ma la spice!
I would definitely return again to this restaurant since vermicelli is such a comfort food. You see a lot of people from all ages dining at this restaurant too. The food is affordable, the portions are ample, and it’s delicious. Everyone moves quickly here though, so be prepared to share a table!