I go to Hai Ky Mi Gia / Hai Ky Noodles every so often for lunch so I figured I should start a thread about it. It’s on a corner of Larkin and Ellis in the Tenderloin in a particularly noodle rich section of the neighborhood. Within a few feet are the original Turtle Tower, Pak Nam, Zen Yai, and Ha Nam Ninh. HKMG serves mainly Teochew style noodle soups.
Some recent bowls I’ve had here:
#7(?) Mee Pok
Not officially on the menu, but I think this may be the #7 House Special Noodle Soup with thick noodles, but with the soup on the side. The soup was clear and I believe a pork broth, slurped some of that between bites. The noodles were topped with ground pork, shrimp, fish cake, sliced pork, sliced duck, chicken, fried garlic, and a scattering of cilantro. The mee pok refers to the wide egg noodles in this dish. I liked this a lot. Very al dente wide egg noodles. There was a layer of fat or oil on the bottom of the bowl that gave a nice rich mouthfeel, be sure to mix in some of that with each bite.
#20 Beef Stew Rice Noodle Soup
Similar to a Cantonese beef stew noodle soup with ho fun (wide rice noodles), but with a Teochew touch. When I ordered this I was asked if I ate tendon (I said yes of course), so I guess if you don’t like beef tendon you can get it with only meat. I will admit to getting this dish without tendon when I was young. It came with a good helping of beef stew and tendon, which was a little firmer than I prefer. The broth is a little different than the typical Cantonese beef stew noodle soup as it is red tinged (I think from a little tomato?) and has lettuce in it for a change of texture. Slightly thickened as well. Not very spicy and could have been more flavorful.
#4 Duck Leg Noodle Soup with Wontons
I ordered this with the soup on the side, and with the wide egg noodles. Like in the mee pok, the noodles were very al dente. It was topped with a whole braised skin-on duck leg, which had very tender duck meat that was falling off the bone. I dipped some of the duck pieces into a mix of sriracha (they have both Huy Fong and Shark brand) and hoisin I mixed on the side. The smallish pork-stuffed wontons were fine and provided a nice change of texture. Very good bowl. It came with a small side of pickled cucumbers and carrots.
Cash only. HKMG is one of the few places I know of in SF that serves this style of Teochew noodle soups (along with Thai Nghiep Ky Mi Gia in the Outer Sunset which I haven’t tried). Does anyone know of any others? There is also Vien Huong in Oakland Chinatown that I like, but I don’t know of anywhere else in SF proper.