People who title themselves food lovers (i.e. me or glutton) would not only drool themselves all the way to the restaurant but walk in as well and this is despite the "fact" about how the originators of the concept cant differentiate sweet and sour pork and chinese cuisine (just a joke i hope) and how food can be overlooked if there is excellent service and ambiance.
Who cares? If it wasn't great? Only another reason to then say the Michelin Food Guide is just a place for restaurants to overcharge their food right?
So given one choice, to choose a restaurant with a star and serve something "right in your face Hong Kong", we had to go for Yung Kee, the roast goose specialist.
Armed with what little cash we had left and a broken heart (my camera failed me the whole day with the err9 message which has since been somehow fixed by itself), we were greeted by smiling faces and seated down.
The smiling waiter then asks what Tea you would like and leaves a surprise at the table while you scan their EXPENSIVE menu. Set meals cost from HKD 330 per person until HKD 600-700 per person. Add another 10% service charge (guess thats the price for the smiles).
That aside, the surprise on the table left us flabbergasted.
Their century egg is indeed a marvel that deserves the praises of many. Smooth and velvety in the middle, the yolk is unlike the hard and solid ones you get else where. These melt in your mouth with full flavour and the tender white (or in this case, brown) just melts in together too.
At HKD 15 per pax (i assume for 1 piece, takeaway is 10HKD per piece), we ordered another piece before they bought in the masterpiece.
Call me barbaric or a carnivore, the meatier the bird the better. Meatier than our local ducks, the texture of the meat was also far tender but that was about it really. You don't really get a crispy skin because they pour some kind of sauce along with peanuts over it. With some plum sauce to make it a bit sweeter and get over the fact you are stomaching a really cholesterol time bomb, that was it really. The fats were not as evident compared the London Ducks which of course is still my favorite. I still ask myself, is half a goose really worth HKD 210?
Polish it off with some Choy Sum and the bill was HKD 378.
Satisfied that you have entered a 1 Michelin Star restaurant situated at Central nearby Lan Kwai Fong with smiley faces? Did i mention we saw the boss walk in the room too? Yes
Come again? Er, maybe not.
Address and contact details:
32-40, Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (8 shoplots long and 4 floors up!)
Tel: (852) 2522 1624
Fax: (852) 2840 0888
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars: Despite not being spectacular or orgasmic, i suppose having savoured the so called "best roast goose in Hong Kong" deserves the price. Did i mention how gorgeous the century egg is?