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Hongkong Noodle in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Hongkong Noodle is a noodle and dim sum shop found right in the middle of Chinatown’s Talat Kao (ตลาดเก่า) in Bangkok. As you stroll up the narrow market lane from Yaowarat Road, keep an eye to your left until you spy the Hongkong Noodle sign with the busy kitchen in the front and head on in for some great dim sum.

Dim Sum Baskets
A stack of dim sum containers

Talat Kao is found on a small alleyway called Trok Issaranuphap, which is sometimes signposted as Soi Issaranuphap or as Soi 16 (acording to Wikitravel – offsite, opens in new window). It intersects Yaowarat Road at Mangkorn Road, therabouts. It’s a colorful market with all kinds of foods – I previously blogged on it back in 2009 – Bangkok’s Chinatown Market. Another blog (Cranky Little Monster – offsite, opens in new window) called it the Leng Buay Lea market.

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Dim Sum
Some of the dim sum

Hongkong Noodle is a chain found in 8 locations in Bangkok; at least a couple more are in Chinatown. Apparently this is the original shop (unconfirmed).

The Kitchen
The kitchen at Hongkong Noodle
Some Food
Some of the ingredients

Kasma used to take some of her small-group tours to Thailand to this colorful market for a pre-breakfast walk. Several times they ate a dim sum meal at Hongkong Noodle. The rather small dining area is reached by walking through the kitchen & food prep area: if you’re lucky there will be a table available right away.

Dining Room View
Dining room view
Dining Area
The dining area

The dining area is very lively; it can feel a bit cramped. If you sit facing the front, you can see past the bustling kitchen to the market lane, usually crowded with shoppers and activity. If I recall correctly, the signs are all in Thai. It’s not really a problem: you can point out the dim sum dishes that you want to eat and there are also pictures of the various noodle dishes that you can point to.

Dim Sum
Some of the dim sum
Noodle Soup
Roast Duck Noodle Soup

The dim sum was quite good: fresh and tasty. We also ordered a couple bowls of the Duck Noodle Soup and it was also good. I would recommend this as a breakfast or lunch stop. Check out the slideshow below for some of the dim sum dishes. There’s also a second slideshow of some of the workers there (further down)


Slideshow of Food Dishes

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Slideshow of Hongkong Noodle Workers

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Restaurant Sign
Sign for Hongkong Noodle

Written by Michael Babcock, December 2013

By Michael Babcock

Michael is Kasma Loha-unchit's husband. He's been to Thailand with Kasma every year since 1992.

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