“Irresistible Sham Tseng (深井) Roast Goose by Yue Kee (裕记)”
The publicity of Yung Kee (鏞記酒家) continued to boost by its endless award-winning ability, and it was probably the most famous Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong delivering famous roast goose and some flavourful side dishes such as century egg with preserved ginger slices. Its fame was spread further by their prime location at Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island. Convenient, and easily located by tourists and business travelers from all regions. Having said that, feasting at Yung Kee most likely made you leave with noticeably lighter wallet. And I thought the overall dining experience sounded over-commercialized, in a sense.
While Yung Kee was a debatable choice to me, my apparent vote went to this relatively down-to-earth old-time restaurant, Yue Kee (裕记), in Sham Tseng (深井).
Sham Tseng isn’t anywhere near town. It’s in the New Territories region. However, this area is pretty much accessible, and you won’t probably miss the restaurant once you got to that area. An eye-catching gigantic signboard at the main entrance of their huge car park space facing the main road was prominent. The actual premise is situated further inside of the car park where you have to cross a small cobbled bridge to reach the restaurant with a seemingly dated exterior.
Yue Kee, a decades-old restaurant which preferred by many locals diners. We were convinced that Yue Kee’s was a good choice.
Oh yes, the crispy skin yielded from the roast was unbelievably good! The aroma from the crunch would just stay and mingle in the palate for quite awhile.
There was this dish, not sure why, but seemed like most of the roast goose sellers would market it as a great complement to their roast. Yue Kee, too, served the century egg dish as one of their specialities.
Yes, the century egg dish was delicious, indeed. The wet yolk was in its perfect consistency as it supposed to be. The texture was silken smooth, and it wouldn’t stick on your teeth. Tried also some of the preserved (slightly sweetened) ginger slices that placed in the middle of the dish. I would pop in 1-2 thin slices after every other bite of the roast. It was kind of refreshing over the grease in the palate.
In fact, many other dishes of goose parts, such as, stir-fried goose intestine, braised goose tongue goose feet, goose liver, etc, were on the menu, too. Oh well, other than the meat, we weren’t too adventurous this time. Maybe next. :D
Other dishes we had: 红烧山水豆腐 (Braised ‘Shansui’ tofu). ‘Shansui’ refers to stream water. The tofu was claimed to be made with pure stream water instead of using tap water. It supposed to elevate the smoothness of the tofu in term of consistency, leading to better taste of the dish cooked in. Consuming stream watered food on regular basis would apparently get you some health benefits, too. This tofu dish was served with Shitake mushrooms on a bed of stir-fried Spinach. Loved the combination!
Not forgetting the 鲮鱼球豆腐汤 (Handmade Dace fish balls with toufu clear soup) that we ordered mistakenly. Not because it wasn’t taste good, we just had too much tofu in a single meal! :)
Happy to annouce that the serving portion for most of the dishes was generous, enough to feed up to 4 pax. I thought we had an overorder.
Do some estimation based on your headcount. Go easy with you order. Some guides for you: Whole goose (for 6-10), half goose (for 3 – 4 pax), quarter goose (good for 2 pax) of upper or lower portion (HK$20 more for lower portion as it comes with a drumstick).
We paid a relatively affordable price of HK$300 for this 4-course dinner.
As mentioned earlier, it wasn’t difficult to get there. We took MTR, and then, the bus from the bus terminal next to MTR station of Sham Tseng (深井). From the main road, we walked through a car park with huge signboard visibly seen from the main road, crossed the bridge and made a small turn, we reached the restaurant, Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant (裕記燒鵝飯店) @ Sham Tseng, 9 Sham Hong Road, New Territories (新界深井深康路九号). Precise direction for you here, check out My Note Book on The Web.
If you wish to end your nice roast meal with a sweet note, there is a dessert store named Fa Kee (发记), just located by the main road. We had at least two local friends recommended this dessert shop to us. However, with our stomachs stuffed to bursting, we forced to give it a miss. What a waste!