Meet Mrs Chiu: Cha Siu noodle maker at Sia Ying Pun Eng Kee 趙太:英記麵家老闆娘

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee

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.

西營盤工匠精神
這個故事是《西營盤社區博物館:工匠精神》的一部分-透過街坊的角度重新探索這舊區。我們走訪了十六個西營盤工匠,了解他們所用的工具,和他們最自豪的事情。欣賞他們的創作;學習他們的手藝;感受他們的熱情。

 

We did know how to cook decent cha siu noodles but to find a name for the shop was a bigger challenge 

「當時改名沒甚頭緒。我老公他很肥,說不如叫『肥仔』。我有點猶豫,他就提議用我的名字,所以就取名叫「英記」。」

 

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee
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.  

看海吃麵
曾經,正街斜路上滿街排檔,那時還沒有西營盤街市和正街街市。上世紀五十年代,英記前身「順利大排檔」就是其中一檔。所以你會聽到老街坊說,當年他們就是看著海吃麵。英記自家製叉燒相當有名,吸引來自四胡五海的食客,2018年更登上米芝蓮指南 !20多年來,英記由正街大排檔轉為屹立高街的地舖,一直賣牛腩、叉燒、炸雲吞等麵食。他們每天早上6時開始準備,食材新鮮,多數下午三時左右便售罄。

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee
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

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee
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.”  

「肥仔麵家」
現在的老闆娘叫林玉英,星加坡人,汶萊長大,1985年嫁來香港。她初時到叔公酒樓打工過活,後來有機會和丈夫擁有自己的麵店。「當時改名,沒甚頭緒。我老公他很肥,說不如叫『肥仔』。我有點猶豫,他就說用你的名字吧。」差一點英記就成為了「肥仔麵家」。

Sai Ying Pun Eng KeeOwner 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

 

OUR FAVOURITES

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. 

我們最愛
英記牛腩固然出色,我們也喜歡炸雲吞和叉燒麵。他們的辣椒也是自家出品,撈麵最適合。

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee
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

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee
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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HOW TO GET THERE?

Sai Ying Pun Eng Kee is at 32 High Street. For directions download the free iDiscover app or download a printable mapGet your own copy of the iDiscover Hong Kong Neighbourhood Guide.   

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