So everyone associates Yung Kee with the best roast goose in Hong Kong. But do you know about Kam’s Roast Goose at Hennesy Road in Wan Chai?
Said to be the up and coming brand, Kam’s Roast Goose is actually owned by the Kam family too! We will get back to this story in a bit, because more importantly, we have heard so much about how Kam’s Roast Goose is way better than Yung Kee.
Of course, we had to make a trip down to develop our own conclusion. So, is Kam’s Roast Goose really better than internationally acclaimed Yung Kee’s?
If you are still confused, the Kam family started off with Yung Kee. Their reputation is built on decades of accolades and positive media coverages, but as with many other successors’ family politics, the Kam family had their own family drama, with the founder, Kam Shui Fai’s sons – Kinsen Kam Kwan-sing and Ronald Kam Kwan-lai - getting into disputes about the business and eventually leading to falling out.
Hardy Kam Shun-yuen, the son of the Kinsen Kam, then started Kam’s Roast Goose to continue his father’s legacy, and though Kam’s Roast Goose has only been in operations for slightly past a year, it has earned its 1-Michelin Star already.
Now, the difference between Kam’s Roast Goose and Yung Kee is glaring. The former is a small, simple and unpretentious outlet that sits not more than fifty, and has a concise menu that focuses on its roasts; the latter is now a multi-level restaurant that sits on the prime Wellington Street, with a full menu of Cantonese dishes on top of the regular roasts. And sure, their roast goose is good.
But Kam’s Roast Goose is no less fatty, juicy and fragrant; even better with the subtly sweet plum sauce! A regular portion costs HK$135, and needless to say, we finished the portion in the blink of an eye.
We tried the Char Siew (HK$55) as well, but this disappointed us quite a bit. Not too sure about you, but to us, a plate of heavenly char siew has to be chewy and juicy with a good ratio of fats, while boasting a slightly charred skin. But the ones here are Kam’s looked lacklustre and tasted mediocre. It could fundamentally do with more sweetness and oil.
What you really have to do when dining at Kam’s is to ditch the white rice, and go straight for the Prince Kinsen Noodles (HK$35). The price tag might set you back a bit, but know that you are in for a real treat. The plate of unassuming noodles is not your regular Hong Kong-style noodles.
Instead, look forward to a surprising braised flavour, because your egg noodles are cooked al dente, then tossed in the essence of a roast goose drumstick’s – its prized oil and juice. Forget about being healthy for now, and just enjoy the signature Prince Kaisen Noodles with their famous roast goose.
And back to the poultry. Here’s the million dollar question – does Kam’s Roast Goose really roast better geese? There are many versions of the verdicts, and we do think Kam’s is the winner. The overall experience of dining at the small outlet is more pleasant as well, with the staff being more hospitable and helpful with your questions and requests.
Nothing unnecessarily pretentious about dining at Kam’s; just sheer satisfaction from savouring the classic Hong Kong roasts. And yes, Prince Kinsen’s Noodles. Damn, we’ve got cravings again.
Kam’s Roast Goose
226 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2520 1110
Nearest Station: Wan Chai