"Shot me. There is no greater glory than to die for love." ~ Florentino Ariza, Love in the Time of Cholera
They sealed off all the chicken farms and killed all ducks and chicken overnight when the bird flu broke out the first time. Now our 'chicken-livered' government is set to exterminate every single one live-bird stall in town by buying out the licenses of chicken farmers and retailers altogether.
While I have no argument with that order and modernization are good, but it's obvious that this round we're submitting to an inexplicable sanitation malarkey at the expanse of the supply for fresh ingredients and tasty cooking. Picture this, all the flavorful innards of chicken will be taken away for good if a strict centralized slaughtering system is adopted. Worst of all, there has never been any convincing report of showing the ban could put an end to the whole madness that is contagious bird flu. Who knows? It might as well be a wild goose chase!
I know some of you might blame me for putting selfish culinary desire atop national health safety. But let's face it, banning live birds to combat bird flu is effective in the same manner as bullying my grandparents into use condoms when (and/or if) they make love. It keeps all threats at bay for sure; but it also dries up all the feel-good fun...
Shop: Ming Kee Chicken Offal Specialist 明記雞什粥 (congee of rooster's testicle is available if you dare to ask)
Location: 1 Wing Sing Lane, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, HK
Opening hours: 1100 - 2400, Mon-Sun
Michelin Hong Kong on the cheap rating: **