Address: 270 West Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1
Phone: (905) 881-8778
Found in the Jubilee Plaza on Highway 7 and West Beaver Creek is the two decade old Hong Kong style noodle shop, Jim Chai Kee Noodle Shop. They have attracted many oriental clientele from the surrounding diverse neighbourhoods. I was introduced to this eatery through a family friend twenty years ago. Whenever I have a crave, you will find me slurping on the noodles from this noodle house.
Even the interior is quite Hong Kong street food style, very simple and with hand written menu items taped on all the surrounding walls. They do not have the grandest decor, but like a traditional Asian, the interior is rather practical and comfortable. All of this is reflected on the pricing of the food, the amount of selection on the menu, self-serve service, and the length of time each customer spends. As stated, everyone here speed eats and leave, or share tables with others for their meals and leave. Practical!
Classic Shrimp Wonton Egg Noodles 云吞面 ($5) was ordered. The wontons were HUGE, packed with 2 shrimps and pork in a thin flour skin. You have to take at least two bites to devour the beast. I would like it if the wonton was a bit smaller because smaller portions make it more memorable and less hassle. Nonetheless, the wonton was very tasty or flavourful and the meat was springy, not mushy nor lumpy nor overcooked hard. Meanwhile, the noodles were al dente. The noodles is well complimented by the red vinegar and the house-made chili oil, making the egg flavour in the noodles more rich. Overall, an amazing bowl of wonton noodles. My only complaint is the lack of the chive topping, which was substituted by green onion, making it less traditional.
Simple dish takes you a long way and brings many memories. It may look simple, but making it is not. The egg noodles are really made of a combination of duck eggs and flour, where you sit on the bamboo and “pat” the dough flat to incorporate the ingredients and rid of air pockets till it becomes thin strands. In this day and age, the noodles are probably machine made. Traditionally, wontons always paired with thin egg noodles. However, you can switch the noodle to rice noodles, vermicelli or thick egg noodles, etc. In fact, you can eat the wonton noodles with broth or without broth (usually a larger portion). This is such a versatile stapled HK style food. Customize it your own way!