If you love xiu ngoh, or roast goose (the latter, apparently, is easier to remember, for we all know how inconceivably hard it is for you to figure out how to pronounce "ngoh"), have a long look at your Hong Kong guidebook. Lo and behold, and the only place pop up is one called Yung Kee, right? Pair that page with the dog-eared, out of print version from your granny's bookrack and you'll find a verbatim of such shallow roast goose go-list across. Gee, are they ever gonna keep up? Is that all we little SAR has to offer?
With all due respect, Yung Kee serves great xiu ngoh, along with other great dishes. Problem is it is over touristic for locals. We don't go there for xiu ngoh anymore, especially when we have no problem at all in finding xiu ngoh of equal superiority in Sham Tseng, a neighborhood with of an excess of xiu ngoh specialists. As cliche as it is, I have to assert the following in my blog: here in Hongkie Town, Shem Tseng is to roast goose what Italy's Bologna to pasta.
Food: Nang Kee, one of these specialists, is a family run no-frills establishment tucked away in quiet mews road from the main artery of Sham Tseng. There is a small eating area at the front of the restaurant, enclosed by a transparent hedge, with those air-conditioners to ensure diners stay cool throughout the evening. Although it lacks ambiance, the place has its very own kind of charm. This unpretentious restaurant manages to sustain a loyal crowd of fans notwithstanding intense competition in the neighborhood.
Once you step inside you’ll be greeted by the smell of appetite-teasing food augurs well for the delights to come. The center of attention is their xiu ngoh (what else from a xiu ngoh specialist?), which is very well executed; indescribably delicious, juicy and succulent. Incidentally, their stir-fried goose intestine with celery are incontestably tasty as well -- if you are gutsy enough to order. The remaining of the menu is mostly those you’ll see from a daipaidong, with a lean to Chiuchow fare.
Specials: All thing goose, esp. their xiu ngoh (roast goose)
Address: 13 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan 荃灣深井深康路13號
Tel: 2491 0105
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm
Seating: 60 indoor, 20 outdoor
Nearest railway: Tsuen Wan MTR
Transportation: Get off from the Tsuen Wan MTR and then get on minivan route No. 96M or bus route No. 52X, 53, 234A or 234B
Michelin Hong Kong on the cheap rating: **