Kam Wah Golden China Restaurant (金華燒腊大王) (Hong Kong)
There are few things better in this world than traditional Honky “siu mei”, the generic name in Cantonese cuisine given to spit roasted meats like BBQ pork and soy chicken and roast duck and roasted pig. And so of course we had to visit a famous siu mei place during our most recent visit.
The preferred choice was the legendary Joy Hing’s Roasted Meat (再興燒臘飯店) in Wanchai, but unfortunately it was closed on Sunday (what kind of popular restaurant closes on Sunday?) so we went with the next best option, Kam Wah (金華燒臘大王) (which goes by the typical English name Golden China Restaurant) in Central.
Like most siu mei places, Kam Wah has spit roasts hanging in the store window. The interior looks kinda old and traditional, but that’s understandable considering the sign says that it’s been around since 1962. We were really early (before 6pm) so the place was relatively empty.
They have an extensive menu offering an assortment of siu mei (you can choose the usual single meat option, or the double or triple) with rice or congee or various noodles and wontons and soups. There’s also vegetables, fried rice and other meat dishes. I managed to take some snaps of the menu so you can check it out for yourself.
We ended up going with just two things, a BBQ pork with steamed chicken on rice, and a soy chicken and roast duck with egg noodle soup. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Quite simply, some of the best siu mei I’ve had, though I’d stop short of saying it was the best. Full of flavour but not overpowering and just the right amount of oil so it was tasty but not excessively greasy. The green onions in oil for the steamed chicken and the plum sauce for the roast duck both really hit the spot. Very reasonable prices too, less than HK$100 for 2 people.
Kam Wah Golden China Restaurant (金華燒臘大王)
Address: 9 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2545 1472
Hours: Open daily 11am-10pm