No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without having a meal at Yung Kee in Wellington street, Central. The place, all 3 floors of it, fills up quite quickly during lunch and dinner as we found out on a previous trip. We were informed of a wait time of 1 hr and 30 mins, hearing that, we opted to take it our and ate at the hotel. After that episode, either made a reservation or went there early.
Yung Kee Restaurant is an institution in Hong Kong, started more than a decade ago by Kam Shui Fai at 32 Wing Lok Street. The restaurant grew and move until it settled at its present location in 1978, when the Yung Kee Building was built.
The first things you see before entering the restaurant are the array of roasted products displayed outside, tempting you with glistening skin
We arrived at around 11:15am and there were already a couple of tables occupied inside the restaurants first floor.We skipped breakfast and just headed here from our hotel using their super accessible MTR couple with a short walk with a smattering of protestations from Lauren.
We browsed thru the menu a little but ultimately zeroed in on what we were there for, their roasted meat products.
Roasted Goose, half (HK$230 or around P1265). The only choice we had to make was whether to order a quarter or a half portion and I guess its evident we settled on half so we can all be satisfied in case Lauren liked it. The previous time we were in Hong Kong, Lauren’s palate was not that expansive and she refused to try the goose.This time though, she loved it so much, I only had a piece or two of my favorite breast part, the rest was appropriated by Lauren.
The goose has a nice crispy skin with a slight layer of fat underneath it giving it a lot of flavor, I don’t bother removing the fat anymore and just eat bite after bite of the goose.
Plum sauce, a thick sweet and tangy dipping mixture, is served alongside the roasted goose. The sauce compliments it very well, the sweet and sour taste cutting a little of the oiliness of the goose.
Whilst easting the goose, don’t forget to dig underneath for a nice surprise kinda like hidden treasure. A bed of stewed peanuts quietly soaks up all the goose drippings making it soft and flavorful. We always fight over who has the most peanuts.
Since we did not know how well Lauren would like the roasted goose, we ordered a plate of Roasted Pork as insurance. Little did I know I would end up finished most of it after she got a taste of the goose. I think we won’t be ordering this anymore next time. Its a little different from the usual roasted pork since its drenched in a lot of sauce. It still had a lot of the roasted smoky flavor but the meat is still tender.
Yung Kee attracts all sorts of clients from tourists like to businessmen and their guest from the nearby office towers of Central. Prices might be a little higher than most places but quality is assured evidenced by the numerous awards it receives year in and year out. It seems Yung Kee will always be on or list now that it has gained another loyal customer who would not mind walking just to eat their wonderful roasted goose.
Yung Kee Restaurant
32-40 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong