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Our common love for char siu

One of my all time favourite food is char siu! I have always enjoyed it since I was a child. So when I knew I was coming to Hong Kong one of my missions was to find the best char siu! I am still in search for the best but the one at Yung Kee is pretty damn good!

‘Char siu’, also known as barbecued meat (usually pork) is a popular way to flavour and prepare pork. The meat, typically a shoulder cut of pork, is seasoned with a mixture of honey, five-spice powder, fermented tofu, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce, red food colouring and heavy sherry or rice wine. So what makes a ‘good’ char siu? Well it has to have the ‘right’ amount of fat / meat ratio. Too much of either one would not be good at all. The sauce is also part of it – dry char siu makes it a hard char siu which is also not good!

J and I have been talking about char siu for days now, well, mainly me and for those who knows me – if I crave something I HAVE to have it… otherwise that is all I talk about and whatever substitution I make for that food just does not work!

So one day I gave J a call and ‘persuaded’ him to go for some char siu – not that he needed much persuasion and met him at Yung Kee. We got seated at level 4 and this was my first time on level 4 and I have to say – it was definitely different! The food and service was so much better and well more expensive! The good thing about going to lunch with J is that he KNOWS what to order, so I left it in his capable hands!

They brought out the thousand year old preserved egg with ginger – they instantly just bring this out without asking! But I wasn’t complaining, I was HUNGRY! The preserved egg was deliciously creamy and as always, a great starter!

So without further a due…. the dish I have been craving for days…..A plate of char siu and goose was placed before us… and OMG…. The char siu was incredible! It was more than ‘good’, I was in char siu heaven! It was absolutely fantastic. The goose succulent and tender – it was just AMAZING!!!!

Next came tofu, mushroom with shrimp – the tofu was soft and tender. It was surprisingly light and tasty!

Finally, spinach with preserved egg and (normal) egg. I loved all the different kind of flavours mixed together.

The mix plate of char siu and goose was without a doubt my favourite – it definitely satisfied the char siu cravings I was having. I am notoriously bad when it comes to food cravings! I can’t imagine being pregnant – imagine craving for something you can’t have? It would just be horrid!

Anyway….We ‘may’ have ordered too much but hey, we WERE hungry! Thanks again for ordering J – it was great! So when can we go for char siu again?

Is it the best char siu in Hong Kong? Well I have to admit – the char siu we had at Jasmine Place (click here for review) was surprisingly good also! Still in the hunt for the best char siu – where do you have your favourite char siu?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Yung Kee

32 – 40 Wellington Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2522 1624

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  1. April 16, 2010 at 2:25 am

    HK char siu is tha best! My all time favorite! I wish there’s a char siu cupcake 😀

  2. Cooking Meow
    April 16, 2010 at 2:28 am

    People say char siu from West Villa is very good. You may try if have chance. There’s one in Cityplaza.

  3. April 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I am craving for Char Siu Now!

  4. April 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    btw, Char Siu Cupcakes RULES!!! lol

  5. Frank Porbo
    April 21, 2010 at 1:02 am

    man, i love it when mum told the waitress, told you 1/2 goose isnt enough haha

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