[CN/EN] 港式餐蛋面的故事 The Story of Noodle with spam and eggnone
Midnight, I was still hanging around the street at Tsim Sha Tsui. I felt hungry and ordered a noodle with spam and egg. You know? “Noodle with spam and egg” belongs to Hong Kong.
Noodle with spam and egg is the most popular HK style dish in HK. You can never find a HK style restaurant without Noodle with spam and egg. When I was very small, we can order Noodle with spam and egg in the cross harbour ferry. Every time, I always asked my parent to order one for me.
Why does Noodle with spam and egg belong to HK? HK is the city that value Noodle with spam and egg the most. As a simple and fast food, we order it when we are in hurry. We order it when we have no idea what to eat. We make one when we are at home without mood to cook. It is also for men. When men finished that kind of “stuff”, they always wanna enjoy a bowl of Noodle with spam and egg.
It is believed that in around 1950s, Most HK people were poor. At the same time spam was spreaded from USA to HK. As the price is cheap, HK restaurant started to provide Noodle with spam and egg, which was loved by poor HK people.Besides, the “quick” and “simple” of Noodle with spam and egg, just meet the characteristics of HK people. I can say it’s a spirit of HK. But don’t think that it’s simple to make.
Sliced spam cannot be too thin or it will be complained by customer. It cannot be to thick or it can’t be fried good. The egg cannot be over fried also. The egg can only be over easy egg. the noodle with egg yolk is always the best. And also the noodle. It must be HK Nissin Demae Ramen and has to be rinsed under cold water after cooked to make it springy.
Of course we all have different perferences. Someone like adding vegetable. Some like adding cheese. For me, the original Noodle with spam and egg is the best.
To me, Noodle with spam and egg is more iconic than other famous street food like fish ball or egg waffle. It is more like a spirit of HK people. We cannot find this taste outside HK. At least, there is no HK Nissin Demae Ramen outside HK. I read a story in the internet: A HK young man opened a cafe in Tibet. He met quite a lot of travellers from HK and they always asked: “Do you have Noodle with spam and egg?” Finally, the young man added Noodle with spam and egg to the menu.
What is your impression of noodle with spam and egg?