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“Be there early....”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Joy Hing Food Shop

Joy Hing Food Shop
Ranked #209 of 7,950 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Singapore
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Be there early....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

I have missed this shop the last time I travelled with my family, so my wife told me that no matter what, get to this shop so that I have closure . A check on Wikipedia ( yes, its profile in on wikipedia) and I am surprised that it started during the Qing Dynasty! This is certainly a very historical shop, and they carried on the traditional process of roasting!

It was not easy to get to this shop, there is a relatively long walk from Wan Zhai station, especially with my aging parents. When we reached there, I only saw a bank with the address.

But don't lose faith when you see this, the shop is just a the turn of the corner, it is small and very functional. I am surprised that we can squeeze 6 persons into a small corner. So yuou should not be expecting great ambience.

The waiter is actually very entertaining, he actually sing out the orders and before you know it, every thing is on your table. We ordered what ever available in the shop[, Roast pork, Char Siew, Roast Goose ( and my mothr specifically asked for the drum stick), and white chop chicken.

To be honest, I am not a fan of Shar Siew and the shop definitly did not change my mind, Hong Kong Char Siew to me is a little dry and chunky (they chop into big [pieces). I was also expecting a more crispy skin for the roast goose and I am a little diappointed that it is not, but the it waas no less meaty.

The plus point is the roast pork, it is also in big chunk, but the special part of it is that the skin is absolutely crunchy and thick unlike the roast pork nowadays! The taste is not too salty and the meat is with sufficient juice.

The surprising part of this shop is the chicken, you would think that 'what a roast shop knows about steaming chicken?' Wsell, yuou are wrong! The first bite of the chicken and I thought, ' when have I tasted this texture before?' It was never since the early 70s. The meat wasnot too chewy and yet it bounces, its full of juices with a light saltiness while not too oiling on its skin. Not to mention the gravy for the chicken, they are very generous!

One advice is that careful on the rice ordering, Hong Kong is very generous on rice and it comes in big bowl. It is better to order 1 less portion if you are not into rice.

  • Visited December 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tiny busy place, inexpensive excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Part of a tour run by Hello Hong Kong Tours yesterday, we returned today because the food was excellent. The address is slightly misleading as it is not on the corner of Hennessy, but round the corner on Stewart street. Friendly, quick, substantial and really inexpensive.

  • Visited December 2013
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Singapore
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“So-so”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

It was somewhat hard to find because it isn't exactly on Hennessy Road per se, it was in a building on Hennessy Road but the restaurant faces another road. I had the Three Treasures Rice (i.e. Roasted duck, goose and char siew) and it was only so-so. It was too chewy and it could honestly have been better. It was also extremely crowded. However, the staff were rather friendly and the sauce was nice. I hope it is just a one-off incident and I do think it can be better.

  • Visited December 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Best cha sao (bbq pork) in Hong Kong!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

All the locals know about this place - actually around the corner of Hennessy on Stewart Street. Incredible cha sao fan (I'm using Mandarin here), along with a nice portion of baby bok choy veggies - only HK34 (not even US$4.50!). You will not find that anywhere in terms of the quality of the bbq pork. They also have been using, for years now, a special smaller grain rice - it's just white rice but for some reason it just tastes better. Try it! The place itself is tiny and you'll eat in cramped tiny tables; better to get your order to go and find somewhere else to enjoy your food. If the weather is nice you can just walk a couple of blocks towards the harbor, head up the foot bridge, and you'll find a lot of open space concrete steps near the sports center where you can sit and eat. Often there are long lines at this food shop, so be prepared. It's also a family-owned business and they are closed on Sundays for their day of rest.

  • Visited November 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Average For What It Is”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Really, it is what it is, a local bbq place. Not bad, nothing spectacular. Very crowded. The sauce on the pork was the best part, the pork itself was too chewy. Have had better. Honestly, an example of a TV personality highlighting a place and suddenly it's the bomb. Saw some other TA followers land here. Could find countless similar places in HK that just didn't have the recognition. Nice little bakery around the corner.

Visited October 2013
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