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The story of Mak’s Chee Authentic Wonton dates back to 1920s Guangzhou, China. Chee Kee by Master Mak Woon Chee (known as Chee) was one of the famous noodle stalls across the city. While almost everyone was selling pork wonton, Chee decided to go against the grain and created his specialty fresh prawn wonton noodle.

The signature dish was one of the most popular street snacks in time and attracted eminent personages such as the former leader of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-Shek and First Lady Soong Mei-Ling, politicians Wang Jing-Wei and Chen Bi-Jun. His dainty noodle dish later earned him the “Guangzhou King of Wonton” title. Chee’s story has also been recorded in the Guangzhou Library achieve. In 1938, the Mak’s family fled from calamity and moved to Hong Kong after the fall of Guangzhou.

After the war, Chee’s son Mak En carried on noodle-making in Hong Kong using his inherited skills. The family recipe again earned its reputation and attracted many leaders and trend-setters. Mak’s patrons include a long list of famous celebrities, socialites, food critics, and iconic figures in Hong Kong history, such as opera singer Sun Ma Sze Tsang, Asia’s gambling tycoon Yip Hon, song writer Uncle Jim, food critics Chua Lam and Suzie Wong. In late 1980s, Mak En officially passed on the family recipe and noodle-making skills to his eldest son-in-law Chef Johnny Yu, who become one of the Founders of Mak’s Chee Authentic Wonton Malaysia today.

麥氏「西池」港式雲吞麵起源於上世紀二十年代廣州西關,由人稱「廣州雲吞麵大王」的麥煥池開始,傳宗接代。當年的麥煥池反其道而行,自創以鮮蝦製作雲吞,配合銀絲幼麵及大地魚湯,大受歡迎,一碗雲吞麵養活全家,買屋買田又買地。1938年廣州淪陷,一場戰爭讓他一無所有,最終逃到香港開展新生活。

1968年,麥煥池之子「麥奀」繼承父業,在中環自立門戶開設麥奀大排檔。1989年,麥奀在中環開設「麥奀雲吞麵世家」,與女兒及女婿一起打理,至1996年,麥奀才正式退休,並由後人繼承。

曾光顧麥氏的達官貴人多不勝數,如前中華民國總統及國民黨主席蔣介石、南天王陳濟棠夫婦、汪精衛、及西關大少等;較近代的食客有粵劇名伶新馬師曾、賭王葉漢、食家蔡瀾、蘇絲黃及多不勝數的明星名流及政商名人。

近年,麥氏雲吞麵更開枝散葉,其後人先後開設麥穗記、麥明記、麥兆記等雲吞麵名店。

今年,麥氏嫡傳弟子引進百年祖傳製麵技術,以全新姿態在「萬達購物中心」(1 UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE) 為吉隆坡華人帶來有史以來最正宗的香港麵食文化,包括名揚海外、米其林推介的「麥氏嫡傳鮮蝦雲吞麵」。其他食品如:「柱侯牛筋腩麵」、「蝦籽撈麵」、「鳳城水餃麵」、「酥炸雲吞」等也受大眾歡迎。