Ever since 三田製麵所 Tsukemen Mitaseimenjo and Tetsu opened up in Causeway Bay, I’ve been hooked onto Japanese tsukemen noodles.
But what is tsukemen? Unlike the more prevalent type of soup ramen, Japanese tsukemen noodles are much thicker and are not served in a soup broth. Instead, a smaller bowl of thick broth is served on the side, which is usually extremely dense and flavourful. You’re meant to pick up a few strands of the noodles then dip it in the sauce before slurping.
Quick lunch in Tsim Sha Tsui East
A flavourful broth and al dente noodles are a must for my bowl of tsukemen noodles. But when I was walking around Tsim Sha Tsui East for a quick lunch to kill some time, I came across this quaint-looking Japanese storefront and saw that they sell sea urchin tsukemen. I was instantly sold.
Sea urchin? A surprisingly good fit for ramen
From the menu photos, I wasn’t sure if sea urchin would be a good match for ramen noodles, or if this was just one of those places trying to ride on a ‘uni’ (sea urchin) hype. To my surprise, it was a pretty seamless combination. The soup was less thick than some of the other tsukemens I’ve had in Hong Kong, but it had a decent sea urchin seafood flavour to it.
Oh and if you’re into seafood flavours, 元祖沾麵 on 5-6 Hau Fook St (also in Tsim Sha Tsui) also does an excellent bowl of tsukemen noodles with a thick lobster bisque-like broth.
Fresh uni, good value-for-money
More importantly, considering the price (HK$188), not only was the portion of sea urchin served quite substantial, its quality was surprisingly good and fresh too. So although, you rarely pay this price for a bowl of noodles, it was definitely value-for-money and a must try for anyone who’s into sea urchin.
South Seas Centre
75 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui (East) – The entrance is in an alleyway near a fountain
Price per person: HK$188 or under HK$100 if you’re ordering the regular noodles (without sea urchin)