November 11, 2009 8

Man Fai (Hong Kong: Causeway Bay)

By in 09: Hong Kong, Favorite Food Entries

Couple doors down from Mak’s Noodle is another famous local joint, Man Fai. These local joints are usually famous for 1 or 2 signature dishes, and Man Fai’s specialty is Cuttlefish Balls. Mak’s Noodle left our stomachs unsatisfied so we came here right after.


The Cuttlefish Ball with Thick Rice Noodle. The cuttlefish balls are AMAZING! They’re so springy but soft, fresh and very very delicious! The broth was light but very flavorful with preserved dried mustard greens added in. You have the option to add seaweed but I don’t recommend it. For me this is not only heaven in a bowl, it’s also THE quintessential taste of our childhood.

man fai Cuttlefish ball

Our father (a loyal Man Fai fan) brought us here as children back then frequently, I could only remember how the seaweed would always soaked up the broth by the end (that’s why we didn’t add seaweed). We came back here the next day for brunch as well. This reminds me, we didn’t like wonton noodle that much when we were little, because we always preferred Man Fai’s Cuttlefish Ball with Thick Rice Noodle.

The portion was normal size, so we’re finally fulled.

Man Fai
22-23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay.

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8 Responses to “Man Fai (Hong Kong: Causeway Bay)”

  1. weezermonkey says:

    This must be good if you went there twice in two days!

  2. yan says:

    ahhh i misss hong kong!! wish i could have a bowl of fishball noodle soup right now!!

  3. seat says:

    Wow you actually remember the place you went when you were a kid!

    Totally unrelated but I remember my dad took us to this Szechuan restaurant when I was a kid and somehow I remember it so clearly because I never had anything so spicy before and although I was sweating and my tongue was burning, I really loved it. But recently I asked my dad where that restaurant is or if it still exists, he had no memory of it at all. He even said that he never took us to Szechuan restaurant because we can’t take spicy food…..

  4. Freda says:

    never underestimate the power of fan (my dad)’s brianwashing us with “Man Fai Cuttlefish Ball is the best!”

    Seat, child’s memory is more accurate than your dad’s for sure…because that’s probably the first time you’ve ever had spicy food. My fondest childhood memories was actually from a Shanghai Restaurant we went a lot, but it’s closed down (the date paste pastry as dessert everytime! yum!).

  5. VA says:

    I just came back from hong kong! How long were you there? I’m totally jealous because I was there for 4 days and it totally looks like you ate at a lot more places than I did! I feel like I ate nothing! I need to go back!

  6. Anonymous says:

    HI! Do they have an English menu?

  7. Freda says:

    Hi VA, it’s so easy to eat many meals + snack a day in Hong kong, because they’re too accessible and too many choices!
    I want to go back too! XO

    Anonymous, I forgot if they have english menu or not, they probably do. There’re plenty of photos on the wall so it’s easy to point and order.

  8. tali says:

    looks so goood! I’m going to be in HK tomorrow for a few hours, (oh so short), and saw your food reviews here.. they are making me drool 🙂