In Hong Kong there are the usual standard three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner; and then there is the special Hong Kong style forth meal: late night snack or 食宵夜. You don't have to 食宵夜 but the opportunity and the luxury is always there. So there we were one late, late night, hungry as wolves for some reason and looking for some good hot satisfying food. We ended up at our local late night Hong Kong style roasted meats eatery, or 燒味舖, which sells the classic Cantonese roasted meats atop of rice or noodles or a la carte. This little eatery is open until 4 am every night, proving the 'Oh So Seriousness' of the Hong Kong people towards 食宵夜.
We sat down at a rickety fold-out table placed illegally out onto the late night sidewalk, in-between other tables packed with local gangster types (or maybe even real gangsters!), late shift cabbies and other night owls. We placed our orders and soon the food came, two bowls of noodles in soup topped with choice cuts of marinated poached chicken, or 白切雞, and roasted goose, or 燒鵝. I have to say at this point that I think that the Cantonese make the damn best chicken in the world. Tender but not soft, just cooked to perfection, flavorful, juicy and with skin that is an absolute delight to eat. And I usually don't like chicken skin unless it is nice and crispy but both the texture and taste of this skin is yummy. Oh boy oh boy, there's nothing like a good bowl of 白切雞 noodles when you're really hungry!
|白切雞 and noodles|
|Late night Hong Kong street scene|
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