Yung Kee / 鏞記酒家 – Famous Roast Goose in Hong Kong
Yung Kee 鏞記酒家 is a very famous restaurant in Hong Kong that is known for it’s roast goose. It’s located in Central close to Lan Kwai Fong. I believe the 8th floor is a members only area where they supposedly serve their best geese (I would love to try that one day). It’s a reasonably nice restaurant that looks like a typical upscale Chinese place. The service is quite good, very attentive.
Thousand Year Old Duck Egg with Pickled Ginger (Pi Dan):
They give you these at the beginning of the meal. It is preserved duck eggs (pi dan / thousand year old egg) with pickled ginger (think of the ginger you get at a sushi bar). These are amazing, the best pi dan I’ve ever had. The flavors are quite complex and the egg yolks are half molten, so it’s a bit softer than most pi dan. The ginger is quite sweet and cut pretty thick; it’s not amazing pickled ginger, but when paired the pi dan it turns out to be an amazing combination. I really liked this dish; if you like pi dan this is ridiculously good. 9/10
Roast Pork (Cha Siu / Cha Shao):
This was pretty decent cha siu. Pretty good flavor, reasonably fatty (I like fatty cha siu) and it wasn’t too sweet. However, it pales in comparison to Fu Sing which has transcendent cha siu that I had just eaten the night before. Overall, good, but not amazing. 8/10
Baby Bok Choy:
This was a very simple preparation with a little bit of garlic. It was well cooked and quite good. 8.25/10
This is what they are known for. I liked the skin a lot, it was crispy and had good flavor. They serve it with a plum sauce that compliments it pretty well. The meat is what I was a bit disappointed in, I thought it was a little overcooked. It wasn’t dry, but it was drier than it should be. Overall , I thought it was good, but it didn’t live up to the hype. I’ve had better goose. 8/10 (8.5/10 for skin, 7.5/10 for the meat)
This was pretty standard jelly fish served cold with sesame oil and some sesame seeds. Pretty good, not amazing though. 7.5/10
This was very good, it was stir fried and cooked in a semi sweet sauce. The eel was very tender and the sauce was good, not overly sweet or gloppy. I liked this quite a bit. 8.5/10
Pretty good meal, not as good as I was hoping for, but definitely still good. I would come back for the pi dan alone, those were just amazing.
32-40 Wellington Street, Central
Phone: 2522 1624
HongKong is my favorite city to chow! I have never eat in here tho but my brother in law told me this is not for local people. Oh well, I am not local but he did take me to many excellent restaurants. I miss HK.
yung kee is very famous and somewhat of a tourist destination for sure. that said there are locals that eat there, but they are generally rich and are part of the members only part that serves their best goose and other dishes