On a recent business trip to Hong Kong, I was lucky to have stumbled upon a gem of a restaurant in the middle of the pulsating central business district.
I just came straight from the airport, ready to freshen up, when I found out my hotel room would take about an hour to get ready. Faced with the unexpected idle time, I decided to explore the area right outside my hotel, which was actually the (in)famous party streeet Lan Kwai Fong. So there I was, walking along the side streets and merrily observing the work crowd who seemed to be rushing through their lunch hour, when I spotted a long line in front of what looked like a very unassuming establishment with roasted meat on display. I had no plans so I shrugged and thought I’d join in on the fun. What have I got to lose?
It was fate.
The stars aligned perfectly on that particularly warm lunch hour. I would come face to face with the most delicious roasted duck I have ever tasted in my life! Well, not exactly duck…but its close cousin the goose.
The storefront was in Chinese characters so I learned while checking my GPS and waiting patiently in line that I was at Yat Lok Goose Restaurant – made famous for gaining a Michelin star. I was still a bit wary though. Places with long lines have a way of building expectation and disappointing me in the end…but not this one.
The cramped space, unfriendly staff, and steep prices (HKD 165 for the goose thigh/leg) all made up for it. The meat had the perfect combination of crispy skin, melt-in-your-mouth fat, and juicy and very flavorful meat all the way to the bone. All it really needed was a hot bowl of rice and I was in heaven.
I loved it so much that I went back for the same thing before heading to the airport. I even brought a friend along!
Yat Lok Restaurant is at G/F, 28 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong