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Wai Kee / 清真惠記 (Qing Zhen Hui Ji) – Amazing Chinese Muslim Curry Lamb in Hong Kong

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Lau Oct 16, 2010 10:33 AM

see full post with pics: www.lauhound.com

In my Decemeber 2009 trip to Hong Kong, I randomly was walking around Causeway Bay and happened to find the 2nd floor food court at the Bowrington Road Market. It’s a very cool food court that reminds me of a hawker center in Singapore with lots of vendors selling all sorts of different foods (basically all Cantonese). However, one vendor caught my attention, which was a Muslim Chinese vendor selling curry meats and roast meats. It looked really good and decided that I needed to try it next time I was in town (unfortunately I was really full when I was walking around). I asked around and my friends told me it’s really good and it also got excellent reviews on openrice.com (http://www.openrice.com/english/resta...). I finally got to try it on my last trip and wow was it good.

- Curry Lamb (ga li yang rou fan): this was so good, the meat is super tender and flavorful, not gamey whatsoever. The curry sauce is pretty oily and rich, but not in a bad way. It’s got an amazing flavor and it isn’t too salty or overspiced. However, it really doesn’t taste like a Chinese dish at all really. If you just randomly put it in front of me I’d say that it was from India or Pakistan. It also has pieces of boiled radish in it that go really well with the curry, I originally thought they were potatoes, but as I ate them I realized the texture was different. Overall, an excellent dish and unbelievably cheap at 28 HKD.
- Roast Duck (kao ya): they are also famous for the roast duck. It looks and tastes like typical Cantonese roast duck. The skin was excellent, a little crispy and lots of flavor. The meat was pretty good as well, but there wasn’t that much of it (much more bone than meat). They give you a plum sauce on the side to dip it in, which goes pretty well with the duck. Overall, definitely good roast duck although I’m not sure it lives up to the hype of some of the reviews I read.

If you happen to be in Hong Kong this is definitely a good place (although there are so many good places in HK) and I would definitely try it.

  1. FourSeasons Oct 17, 2010 10:42 PM

    Second this place for regular visitors to Hong Kong. But don't think I would recommend this place for tourists with short stay. It is just not very Cantonese.

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      Lau Oct 18, 2010 04:35 AM

      its not really cantonese at all, well i guess the roast duck is, but the main dish (the curry) is certainly not. i really liked it for a no frills type of delicious meal

      FourSeasons - i'm in the midst of finally posting all my asia stuff now that my blog is up and running....thanks for the recs!

    2. Charles Yu Oct 18, 2010 10:51 AM

      Actually, the place is in Wan Chai NOT Causeway Bay!

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        Lau Oct 18, 2010 11:06 AM

        oh really? jeez must like literally be on the edge then b/c causeway bay is like right next to it then!

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          koknia Oct 19, 2010 05:33 AM

          Is this the place?
          http://chaxiubao.typepad.com/chaxiuba...

          Tried to find it once but couldn't find it.

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            Lau Oct 19, 2010 06:44 AM

            that is the correct cooked food center, but the wrong place

            the exact address / phone # etc is in the actual post on my blog:
            http://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/wai-k...

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            klyeoh Oct 19, 2010 06:15 AM

            Common mistake, Lau, as Bowrington Market is situated closer to Causeway Bay MTR compared to Wanchai MTR station. The border between Wanchai & Causeway Bay is also not easily discernible.

            But Charles Yu is right: in HK, locals will refer to Bowrington Market as being located in Wanchai, and its address is also gazetted as such by the HK Govt.

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              Lau Oct 19, 2010 06:44 AM

              ah yah it's just so close that i figured it was Causeway Bay, literally a block off type of deal

        2. HKTraveler Oct 21, 2010 07:29 AM

          yeah, great place for roast duck rice, usually head there at least once or twice a month! the turnip is good as well though I don't like their pomelo skin much. you can also get the roast duck with curry sauce on the side. best to avoid lunch hours as it can get really packed. for those who have trouble finding it, it is here:

          http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&h...

          just go up the elevator and you are looking at the restaurant when you get out

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