Monday, May 18, 2009

Yung Kee @ Wellington Street, Hong Kong

Knowing that the Michelin Star ratings are out in Hong Kong can only mean one thing.

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.

Pricey? Yes

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
Email:
info@yungkee.com.hk

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?

29 comments:

allie said...

OMG.. make me miss the HK roasted goose la! and century egg, my favourite ler.. now i'm drooling in the middle of the night..

gill gill said...

wow...a lite meal coast RM200! well, once in the life time...okla

Sean said...

wow ... i love century eggs and i've probably eaten hundreds of them in my lifetime, but i've never eaten one that looks like that! must remember to check back on this review if i ever visit hk...

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I've never seen century eggs done this way...and yes, the meatier the bird, the better!

Half a goose for about RM100?? Pokai lor... o_0

Cindy Khor said...

the century egg is definitely a plus plus plus point but it really does come with a big price tag...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cindy: yes this is after all a darn famous place..wat to do..

bbabe: pokai is the best word to describe la!

sean: u would hav been the perfect person to test this n tell me if its THAT good..

gill gill: yes yes..well more like rm170 la..

allie: ohhh sweet dreams?

sc said...

i can never forget that beautiful century egg.. so so delicious!! that's the star there i feel :p. i paid less (less than RM100) for much more variety when i went last year, coz there were 7 of us to average down the costs..hehe

CUMI & CIKI said...

1st photo is so pretty! how pink!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha very sour too..!

sc: wat to do..we had ppl with diff plans..so decided to have dinner, just me n gf..

Nic (KHKL) said...

interesting to know that the century egg became the champion of the meal...haha! too bad about the camera la, dude. errors at the wrong time, hor?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: suspected it was abit of dust in the body..had to do some spring cleaning inside on my own to make it work..

thule a.k.a leo said...

apart from the century eggs, I can't really "feel" you marvelling on the roast goose... perhaps you prefer those without sauce on top??? Something that you can easily get in Lorong Yap Hin off Jalan Pasar??? I think that might satisfy your taste bud

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: bcos i really dont know wat to marvel the goose for..other than tender meat wat else was there to go on about? hahah off jln pasar? i just might b tempted..

mimid3vils said...

It's a must when visit HK eh..

Precious Pea said...

The century egg so good rite??? But i was told that Yung Kee bought it from a store in Sheung Wan and many people actually queue up there to get it as well. Next time I shall skip yung Kee and head straight to this stall. Oooo..should have ask you to try their braised pomelo skin...very tasty.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: really!?? my friend told me sheung wan theres another good roast goose store too..

mimi: yeah its like "so hong kong"..but yet touristy too..

jason said...

Sure it's half a goose? It looked like a whole!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: how i wish they charge me half and gave me the whole thing!

Jun said...

sigh, all these yummy hk food is making me miss hk! interestingly enuf, they seem to be masters in egg presentations (ref to this and ur last post with those runny golden yolks).

ggmu said...

Roast goose in Malaysia Cost around Rm130-150. So half of it for HKD210 is fair enough for me.
And Yung Kee is certainly one of the most expensive 1.

Try the steamboat in HK, you will be freak out by their price. Steamboat for 7-8 ppl for some ordinary side dishes can easily cost HKD 700-800~

I love Malaysia!

ggmu said...

And by the way, i think the off Jalan Pasar 1 is Wai Kee. From what i heard from the boss, they can only sell roast duck now coz no goose can be imported(they only use imported 1)

Damn't the Govt.

ling239 said...

over here u can get more than one goose d right ? :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: most prob..haha

ggmu: how is paying double the odds for u quite ok? haha.. 100 per pax? thats nothing..wait..i got more posts..

jun: theres something abt their eggs eh..hmmmm

J2Kfm said...

hehe, know what? after reading your post, kinda quell all cravings i had for Yung Kee.

damn pricey lah, though the taste may be good. but non-crispy goose skin? plum sauce? aiyo ....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: its abt the most expensive roast goose in hk haha...

550ml jar of faith said...

Someone just told me the other day how HK century eggs blow ours straight out of the water! One day, one day I will surely learn for myself!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

550ml: totally agree to that statement..

xin said...

i am a fan on century egg!!! never had a melting yolk before tho :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: same till i went to yung kee!