A small shop able to accommodate only a limited number of people, Joy Hing's Roasted Meat was packed during dinner time.
The constant enthusiastic echoing of 'sam pou' in the shop was big enough a giveaway for us to decipher and get their most popular dish, the Three-Treasure Rice (HKD48), a mixture of three meats – soy sauce chicken, barbecued pork and roasted duck – over rice.
And literally just minutes later, a glorious plate of rice with a variety of meats over it came before me, as well as a bowl of a classic Cantonese soup, Watercress Soup, or ‘sai yeung choi tong’. The soup had a ton of ingredients in it, mainly the watercress itself, as well as cubes of tender chicken. It had a very bold flavour which was salty, reminiscent of the one my grandmother occasionally prepares.
But the star was unequivocally the Three-Treasure Rice itself. That barbecued pork was something to die for. Fatty, juicy and tender, it had a strong nectarine taste which was simply divine and mouth-watering.
As for the roasted duck, I dare say it was one of the most tender duck meats I have ever had, for even though they were scarily thick, they were full of moisture and not at all tough. So good they were that I saved one of them as the last piece of meat on my plate – which says a lot, by the way.
The soy sauce chicken was only average, nothing to rave about. I would have been better off with just the barbecued pork and roasted duck, for I have been craving for them ever since I left Joy Hing’s Roasted Meat. Definitely a place I will return to when I visit Hong Kong again.