Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Noodles for breakfast are not, by American standards, a very common choice. But when the weather is cold and damp, it's a decision that makes complete sense. Especially when the meat broth (gravy) contains warming substances such as cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and sichuan peppercorns. Bear in mind that in HK there are plenty of places that serve Kuilin Noodles, many of which open for breakfast, and cold and damp by their standards is mid sixties Fahrenheit, with rain showers. The nearest place to Shek Kong is in Yuen Long.

The whole thing can be assembled at home, but it is far better to find a restaurant which serves it, that opens early. The closer you are to an actual Chinese community the more likely that is. Out in Kansas you're probably hosed. Kansas, in this instance, is everything between the Oakland hills and the East River. Why there are people there is a mystery.

Here in San Francisco, the nearest place (重慶小面) is across the hill in Chinatown. It does not open till 11:30, so breakfast at the crack of dawn (anytime before eight in the morning) is not an option. And they close at eight in the evening, so late night snacking isn't possible either. Somebody has got to speak to them about that.
Add sliced meat and crispy meat, a soy egg, peanuts, and sour pickled bamboo shoot.
Plus chili flakes, chopped scallion, and minced garlic. Omit the pickled green beans.

Soy eggs (滷蛋) are available at some food counters. Long simmered in soy sauce, water, sugar, and a few aromatics.


This is not a restaurant review, and the painting above is not based on anything Chong Qing Xiao Mian serves. Nevertheless they are worth keeping in mind for your noodle fix when you are in the area. They are a good reliable restaurant. Closed on Tuesday.
As you can tell from the name, noodles are their thing.
Mostly Sichuan dishes.

Instead of Kuilin Noodles with all the add-ons, I'm probably going to head over to a chachanteng later for something with bittermelon after visiting my bank.

Seeing as the locals in C'town are mostly Canto, the hours for Hong Kong food are much better. Still, nearly everyhting closes by nine in the evening.

Walk afterwards.

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