Monday, July 28, 2014

Guangdong Barbecue in Sham Shui Po -- finding an old friend in a new place

My family used to go to Hong Kong a few times each year, all the way from the 1990s up to 2006.   Because we were there so often, we developed strong loyalties to certain stores -- and we were always devastated when one by one, they closed shop.  One of our our long time favourites is Guangdong Barbecue which used to be along Hankow Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.  It was a lunch and dinner habit.  Imagine my disappointment when I found that the branch in Hankow Road 
had closed.  Thankfully, I remembered that the restaurant is part of a chain so I knew I'd find it somewhere else.

Inadvertently, we lucked into spotting a branch along Yu Chau street in Sham Shui Po.  We were wandering around the area, looking at the many street markets when the golden letters on the signboard floated into view.  Just in time for lunch, too!
This branch was definitely bigger, had better tables and chairs  and seemed cleaner than the one we frequented in Tsim Sha Tsui although the floors were just as greasy as ever.  The air oozed with the ambrosial aromas of roasting meats.  We were in high hog heaven!

Jay wanted his favourite roast pork -- the chinese version of lechon kawali.  I wanted the crispy skin roast pig.  So we had a plate of each.  These two plates of porky preciousness seemed like a good sized 1/4 kilo order for each.

To round up our cholesterol pig out, we had a platter of that chinese restaurant classic -- whether you are in Binondo or Beijing ... yang chow fried rice.  Guangdong's version had dried scallop bits which made for a salty, palate pleasing flavour.
It was a soul-satisfying lunch and we did ourselves proud, wiping out everything on the plates, yes even the broccoli.
We walked out of there stuffed and smiling... happy to have reunited with an old friend.

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