Chances are, someone you know has lined up for almost two hours to get a table at Kam’s Roast in Hong Kong—or bought 10 of their Flying Roast Goose and lugged it around his hand-carry to bring home. We’ve got good news for anyone with the same MO: Kam’s is opening their first branch in Manila, and it may just live up to the hype.
The Michelin-starred Hong Kong brand is being brought in by Foodee Global Concepts (who are also behind Tim Ho Wan’s presence in the country). According to Eric Dee, COO of Foodee, they saw that there was no Chinese restaurant specializing in roasts in the Philippines. “Roasts would typically just be a component in a Chinese restaurant. In here, we only have 5 items on the menu—roast duck, char siu, roast pork, suckling pig, and chicken—repeated in different combos, ” he says.
Roast Duck Combo on Rice, Roast Duck, Roast Duck Leg on Braised Noodles
The main attraction, and filling in the role of the goose, is the Roast Duck. “It’s illegal to import poultry products from China, so we couldn’t bring in the goose,” shares Dee. “It took us long to try out all the options, but in the end, we got a Cherry Valley breed duck from the UK.” The duck undergoes two days of marinating, drying, and bathing in hot water and vinegar, before it is roasted. This tedious process yields a duck that is soft and juicy—definitely worth it.
Surprisingly, the less conspicuous items on the menu turned out to be favorites. The Pork Char Siu comes in two different variants: regular and Toro. Toro, being more premium, is also the fattier of the two, melting in your mouth as you taste hints of sweetness and charring. The Crispy Roast Pork is also memorable, as it combines saltiness from its crackling with heat from its homemade mustard.
Crispy Roast Pork, Char Siu
To break the heaviness from the meat dishes, we recommend the Marinated Cucumber with Vinegar and Garlic. The cucumber is crunchy, light, and refreshing. But those who are looking for a quick meal that is easy on the pocket can try their rice and noodle meals, ranging from Php 320 to 420.
Will we ever have to line up for Kam’s in Hong Kong again? Perhaps not, unless you’re curious about the goose. But even without goose on the menu, Kam’s is bound to take off in this city of Chinese food lovers. A lot of care has gone into formulating each component of the menu, and it shows.
Kam’s Roast is now open at the Mega Fashion Hall, and its grand opening will be on June 15, 2018. For more information, follow their Facebook page.