30 Jun Meet Mrs Chiu: Cha Siu noodle maker at Sia Ying Pun Eng Kee 趙太：英記麵家老闆娘
MADE IN SYP
This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Sai Ying Pun. We discovered SYP through the lens of locals. We visited 16 local craftsmen, to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories. See what they create; learn what they love and feel their passion. Mrs Chi at Sia Ying Pun Eng Kee has some stuff to share.
“We did know how to cook decent cha siu noodles but to find a name for the shop was a bigger challenge”
People come from far and away for the unique home-made Cha Siu noodles, easily the most popular item on the menu 英記自家製叉燒相當有名，吸引來自四胡五海的食客
NOODLES BY THE SEA
“We used to be one of the many food stalls at Centre Street. In those days you could see the sea from there and many locals still refer to us as ‘noodles by the sea” says Eng owner of Eng Kee a popular Sai Ying Pun eatery specialising in authentic Cantonese barbecue flavoured cha siu. So popular it gained a place in the 2018 Michelin Guide. For 23 years, this tiny shop has been feeding hungry locals. The family business prides itself on its signature beef brisket – braised overnight in a spiced marinade to bring out the meat’s silky tenderness and deep flavour. Instead of shoulder, their oven-grilled cha siu is made with the succulent pork neck, known for its fine marbling. Preparations start every day at 6am, using only fresh local ingredients. Be quick, the popular pork dumplings usually sell out by 3pm.
Preparations start every day at 6am, using only fresh local ingredients 他們每天早上6時開始準備，食材新鮮
The Cantonese barbecue flavoured cha siu is so popular it gained a place in the 2018 Michelin Guide英記2018年更登上米芝蓮指南！
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Eng is Singaporean who grew up in Brunei. She moved to Hong Kong in 1985 following the love of her life. She worked for a while in his uncle’s restaurant before they decided to open their own noodle shop. “We did know how to cook decent cha siu noodles but to find a name for the shop was a bigger challenge. My husband is chubby, so I thought of Fai Jai (Fat Boy), but he suggested using my name, that’s how we ended up with Eng Kee.”
Owner Eng Kee is Singaporean who grew up in Brunei and moved to Hong Kong to follow the love of her life 老闆娘是汶萊長大的星加坡人，後嫁來香港
People come from far and away for the unique home-made Cha Siu noodles, easily the most popular item on the menu. It’s the dish that sets this place apart. The fried dumplings also come highly recommended. Try them with some home-made chili sauce.
The fried dumplings also come highly recommended, they’re so popular they usually sell out by 3pm 這裡的炸雲吞也很受歡迎，多數下午三時左右便售罄
We did know how to cook decent cha siu noodles but to find a name for the shop was a bigger challenge 差一點英記就成為了「肥仔麵家」
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