Sunday, 7 August 2016

Yung Kee Restaurant 鏞記酒家 - Central - Kowloon, Hong Kong

Sometimes do you feel like you've eaten way too much? I definitely feel like I over ate this week. Too much good food that I can't say no to. How could one resist right? This will be my last Hong Kong post before I go on a short hiatus to study for my pending exam, then I will be back with more catch up entries.

Mention the restaurant Yung Kee to any local Hong Kong resident and they would most likely know what you're referring to. It's acknowledged as Hong Kong's roast goose institution and is internationally acclaimed.

In the past few years it has made the headlines countless times due to the ongoing family feud over the ownership of the restaurant. Late last year, the court issued a winding up order to take effect for this iconic restaurant so we made it a point to visit before it eventually liquidates in the near future.

It's the only place in Hong Kong that still cooks their meat in a charcoal fired oven as the government no longer issues permits the use of this equipment.

The setting is classy and more formal than the regular barbecue joint that one is use to. This also means the food is much more expensive. It's a big restaurant that occupies a few floors but it does get busy so do place a reservation if you intend on going during prime times.

Having had a big lunch, we decided to order a select few dishes to try.

The 'Signature Charcoal Roasted Goose Leg (regular for 2-4 person portion)' arrived looking rather different to what we had in mind. This was not the leg but the breast! Indeed they gave us the wrong part of the goose so it was taken back to the kitchen promptly.

In a short span of time, the much anticipated goose leg arrived looking stunningly glossy. Hallelujah! They charge extra for the goose leg as it's the most popular part of the goose.

The goose is a much fatter meat compared to the duck and this is what gives it more flavour. You can see that there is a layer of fat beneath the skin. The flesh was wonderfully moist and succulent with a subtle smokey taste. The sweet braised sauce they added made it extra delicious. The skin wasn't very crispy which was disappointing.

A side of 'Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli) with Oyster Sauce' was a nice accompaniment to balance out our meaty meal.

These dishes are best eaten with a bowl of hot 'Steamed Rice'.

This was probably the most expensive roast meat meal we had in Hong Kong. In addition to the standard prices there is also a 10% service charge on top. I say go for the dining experience but we probably wouldn't go again unless it was for a special occasion.

Then it was off to McDonald's for their limited time dessert, the 'Sweet Potato Ice-cream Cone'. It was vibrantly purple and that was pretty much the only positive. I do like the regular vanilla ice-cream cones but unfortunately this was too sweet.

32-40 Wellington St
Hong Kong

Phone no: (852) 2522 1624

Opening Hours
7 Days a Week
11:00am - 11:30pm


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 - Wan Chai - Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I've lost my voice, regained it back and now on the verge of losing it again. I haven't lost my voice for as long as I can remember and it just feels very odd. Typing is much easier during times like this. Stay warm in this chilly cold!

How could one go to Hong Kong without having Cantonese style roast meats? We certainly didn't miss it. It's hands down one of the quintessential iconic eats that is available on nearly every street and corner. A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without having at least one classic roast meat dish. Whether it be duck, goose, pork or chicken.

After arriving at our hotel and checking in, we made our way to Wan Chai for a late lunch. With a complimentary portable mobile provided by the hotel, getting around was relatively straightforward.

This was the amazing view from our room. For those who are looking for a place that is central and close to public transport, I do recommend the Cordis Hotel at Langham Place in Mongkok.

Kam's Roast Goose is owned by Hardy Kam, the grandson of the late Kam Shui Fai who was the founder of the famous and internationally acclaimed Yung Kee Restaurant, which I'll be posting about later.

While it's relatively new in the food scene, having opened in 2014, it has built up a loyal following. Within four months of opening it was awarded the coveted 1 star in the Michelin Guide in 2015 and then again in 2016.

Business here is brisk and if you come during busy lunch hours be prepared to wait. Most locals order the roast goose leg so be clear and concise in what you order or end up with the breast meat.

It's a simple, clean and modest eatery that focuses mainly on roast meats unlike Yung Kee which has a wider selection of Cantonese food. With a seating capacity of 30 there isn't much room but if you don't want to wait the option to take away is available.

As the name of the restaurant suggests, the roast goose is their specialty. The goose here is roasted in a gas oven in contrast to its father restaurant which uses the traditional method of cooking in the charcoal oven.

Service is friendly and courteous. They even helped us with what to order as there were so many options to choose from. They suggested we order the set menu as you get to try more and it's better value so that's what we ordered.

The 'House Soup' is a personal favourite of mine. I really enjoyed the version here as it wasn't diluted and was loaded with flavour and nutrients. Pure comfort food.

The 'Roast Goose and Roast Pork Combination' was delicious. The roast pork was juicy, succulent and fatty. The roast goose skin was slightly crispy and the meat was tender.

The roast meat came with two dipping sauces. A mustard style sauce and a subtly sweet plum sauce for the goose.

The 'Fresh Braised Tofu' was surprisingly tasty. It's marinated with a soy sauce and silky smooth on the palate.

'Sesame Oil Marinated Cucumbers' is served cold. It was wonderfully crunchy in texture and we really liked the mix of garlic and chillies to give it a bit of a spice kick.

We enjoyed our experience at Kam's Roast Goose. The prices are reasonable  and of the three places we tried in Hong Kong, this was our favourite.

G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center
226 Hennessy Rd
Hong Kong

Phone no: 85 2 2520 1110

Opening Hours
7 Days a Week
11:30am - 9:30pm