re-heateTime goes fast in Hong Kong. I don't think it's the time difference, I think it's the pace. It's not like the US, where we hop in our cars and go to the store. In Hong Kong, the parking is limited. So if you want to go out and eat, you can't exactly hop in your car, park near the eatery, and enjoy the meal. Also, many of the more popular establishments tend to have lines. I usually target either opening time or some time after the crowd. Opening time for places in HK can vary, some places open at 11, which puts you on a brunch schedule. Some places open at 9, so you can do a later breakfast and later lunch.
We had been wanting to eat roast goose, but after the delicious roasted duck meal at Mott32, we had to wait a bit before indulging in more "fatty" food. Roast goose is hard to find in the US and you have to eat it freshly made. Roast duck can be put in the refrigerator, re-heated, and eaten later but goose gets a bit overcooked and tough to chew when re-heated. Kam's Roast Goose was one of the spots that I wanted to eat at early on during the trip. I knew we would be eating a lot and wanted to have time to walk off the heavy meals. We missed the opening cut and waited in line for about 1 hour for the first wave of people to finish their meals. The one complaint that I have about Kam's is that it is located in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing around the restaurant where you could go and kill some time. So we did the tourist thing and took pictures.
First off, if you like roast duck, pork, etc. There are usually subtle differences in taste that make for a good roast whatever versus an average one. The average ones are what you typically find in say Ranch 99. Nothing wrong with them at all, in fact, we eat Ranch 99 roast food regularly. Secondly, most Chinese restaurants have average roast goods. Sometimes the high end ones have something special like pork jowl. If you like Char Siu, you can request lean or fatty cut. I prefer half and half. Same with roast pork, you can request rib meat which is a bit leaner (and lots of bone). The roast goose at Kam's is just a step above average. It's good, but I am not sure it warranted a special trip. Make sure you order the dark meat portion. Same to be said of the roast pork and char siu. There were some other interesting items on the menu, but we stuck primarily to the roast items. The star in my opinion was the noodles with shrimp roe. You may say it's a bit on the salty side, but there are times when salty is the right taste. The prices at Kam are reasonable.
For dinner, we debated what to eat. Afterall, it was our last meal in Hong Kong and we had our fill of Chinese food to last us a while. We decided to take a walk and let the walk decide where we would eat. Oddly enough during our entire stay, we always went one direction, which was towards the MTR station. We went the other direction and discovered there was a food court next to us the entire time. No Michelin star places, no noteworthy restaurants, just some cheap eats. We stumbled upon a sushi stall and decided to get some handrolls. That is all that the stall sold, items were fairly priced. Peggy went for the Uni hand roll, which was a little over $4 USD. Kaela went for the tempura shrimp roll, which was around $3.50. I was on the fence about sushi since we had the AYCE a few nights back. As I was observing the next stall, I saw someone order something that I have always wanted to eat but never found a place/or figured out how to order it. It was a simple rice noodle roll. I have always seem people in Chinese movies/tv shows eat the rice noodle roll but never experienced it myself. I finally had my chance! I asked Peggy to order it for me since I knew my Chinese would confuse them. What's special about the rice noodle roll is the sauce. They basically smear everything on it. I added the curry fishball on top and wow, for $5 USD we had ourselves something tastier than some of the expensive Michelin food. No way were we going to be full from $12.50 worth of food, we found another sushi stall and order some more handrolls. Another stall had some freshly squeezed juice, so we found our drinks. I would advise against the fresh fruit juice stands, we tried one and it was awful. The three of us took 2-3 sips each and threw the rest away. This stall had bottled drinks, which were a little better than the fresh juice stand but I would say avoid the juice stands. Fresh fruit is fine. I think we ate a total of $40 USD worth of street food, found ourselves extremely full and happy and looked forward to going home.
One week in Hong Kong is a bit short. We had a set agenda each day and pretty much hit everything on the agenda. It would have been nice to have some more leisure time and not be in such a rush. There's a lot to take in and given more time there were a few more restaurants that I would have liked to have checked out. We were looking at the Hello Kitty dim sum, but it didn't make the cut. Cute dim sum, overpriced, and average tasting food. We would have went just for the experience. There were a few other dim sum places that I would have liked to have eaten at, but eating dim sum every day wasn't appealing. We had wanted to eat some wonton noodles, but never could fit it into the schedule. I still have plenty of snacks items to review and stories to tell...so check back with more musings about Hong Kong.