After settling down in our apartment and taking a while to catch our breath, it was time to head out for the sightseeing planned for the day - going up The Peak! But before that, we had to put our hungry stomachs to rest.
Out came the list of things to eat, and we chose one that was nearby - Joy Hing Roasted Meat (再興燒臘飯店), which had earned quite a name for itself amongst locals and tourists alike, having been voted a winner on OpenRice.com's Best Restaurant 2011 list.
Joy Hing Roasted Meat is a small, busy shop situated on Hennessy Road. Wan Chai Road actually runs adjacent to it for the most part. We took a few wrong turns here and there from our apartment (on foot, might I add) but we finally made it!
Joy Hing Roasted Meat looks to me like your typical Hong Kong small roasted siu mei specialist; it's narrow and doesn't have many tables. We were pretty lucky to have avoided the lunch crowd all together at 3 pm and had very efficient service, and also a whole table to ourselves.
We saw loads of mouth-watering roasted meat hanging on display but since it was pretty obvious it was our first times, two friendly staff made the decisions for us. (Either that or we were too hungry to crack our heads further. :p)
In under a minute's time, plates of meat started arriving at our table!
|The chicken, glistening in the light|
We had a plate of plain Steamed Chicken (pak cham kai) (HKD 24). The chicken was pretty meaty and its flesh was tender. No complaints here, but not particularly wow-ed either as we do get pretty good pak cham kai over here in Malaysia too!
The Roasted Duck (siu ngaap) (HKD 24) was good; again, the meat was juicy and soft and the skin, although not crispy, was a satisfying bite of sin. There was also no overbearing gamey taste that you sometimes get with duck.
I thought the Crispy Roasted Pork Belly (siu yuk) (HKD 24) was great! Its thick and perfectly crunchy skin went brilliantly with the thick, tender slabs of pork belly meat. The fat was also kept at a minimum, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, my minor gripe is that some parts were much saltier than others.
Adam on the other hand, didn't like this at all, because he found the pork belly to be chopped too "coarsely" with part of the bone still intact which made things difficult to maneuver. Presentation-wise, it definitely wasn't what we're used to back here.
And saving the best for last - the BBQ Pork (char siu) (HKD 24)! If there were divided opinions about the siu yuk above, there were certainly none about this one. This was hands down my favourite as the pork meat was soft and succulent, not over-charred, and glazed with the right amount of sticky sweetness. I suspect I could polish off a lot of this by myself :p
Another thing we all agreed on was that there was a lack of sauce. As we found out the hard way, people in Hong Kong don't take their roast meat and rice with a lot of sauce. We did try asking for some BBQ Pork sauce and some Roast Duck sauce, but got some funny soy sauce the first time and plum sauce the second. Despite all the meat being so tender and juicy, the rice was painfully void of any condiments like the sweet cha siu sauce, or garlic and chilli concoctions we're so used to over here.
|We saw some siu yuk in the making|
The meal, including rice and a serving of vegetables ended up costing us about HKD 150 in total, which when we were there, worked out to be about RM 11 per person at our exchange rate of 38.9. I reckon it's not too bad, considering the amount of yummy meat and variety we had! :D
To get to Joy Hing, you could take the MTR to Wan Chai and exit at Exit A2 and take a walk up Hennessy Road. Alternatively, you could take Exit A3 and take a tram from O'Brien Road (get down at Burrows Street) to get nearer to Joy Hing if you're familiar with the tram system. A Caltex petrol station signals that you're pretty nearby and from there, Joy Hing will be just a stone's throw away. :)
Joy Hing Roasted Meat 再興燒臘飯店 | Openrice
Block C, G/F,
265-267 Hennessy Road,