look good to you?
Then head over to Joy Hing for one of your own! :b
More than 10 years ago now, I moved back to Asia after having lived elsewhere for around two decades. The first place I lived back in Asia was in Kuala Lumpur. Although it is one of those parts of the world where it can feel like it's easier to find pork-free -- and even halal - dim sum than the regular pork-filled kind, this Malaysian city also happens to be where I believe the best char siu in the world to be found.
Close to seven years after having moved to Hong Kong, I still firmly believe that the "sticky char siu" that I was introduced to by my ethnic Hakka boss is the best char siu I have ever had in my life. The sad thing is that since I've not been back in Kuala Lumpur in years, I think I've forgotten the address of the dining establishment where I regularly lunched with work colleagues -- and never ever paid notice to its name!
On a happier note, I feel like I've come to have a favorite siu yoke place in Hong Kong where the char siu isn't too bad either -- this especially when you specify in your order that you want "fei char siu" (i.e., fatty barbecued pork) rather than the more regularly served kind!
I actually don't feel obliged to wax too lyrical about Joy Hing since there already are many odes to the place, including over at the Hong Kong Project blog which had a big hand in making me decide to finally give the place a try. But I will say that eating there did convince me that it's actually worthwhile to go all the way to Wan Chai to eat this dining establishment that visually looks little different from so many other generic, super no-frill, hole in the wall siu mei purveyor -- and yes, I have indeed done gone back quite a few times since my first meal there!
The funny thing though is that while most people seem to go on most about Joy Hing's char siu, it's its crispy skinned siu yoke that I adore most. (Also while the roast goose there isn't too bad, I'm sorry but there's no way it can rival that at Yat Lok or Sham Tseng's Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant!) :b