A typical Cantonese roasts stall will offer char siew (sweet barbecued pork), siu yok (crackling roast pork) and roast duck, served with a bowl of steaming white rice or noodles with a sweet hoisin sauce, vinegared chilli or sambal. You order a basic plate with one or all the meats – it’s your choice. Often, such stalls offer hearty Cantonese double- boiled soups like winter melon chicken, salted vegetables with pork ribs, ginseng chicken, or watercress vegetables with lean pork, etc. It completes a meal here.
Chao Ji Roast Meats
335 Smith St #02-165, Chinatown Cplx Food Ctr (Map) 10am to 5pm Mon
Clarence is pushing 70 and is a classic story about our aging hawker citizens. But he does not let up on his food quality. That seasoned "Apollo" oven at the back of this little hawker stall is testament to their authenticity and Cantonese heritage. The roast duck comes with a well roasted and marinated skin that seeps a little into the moist meat. Their cha siew or honeyed roast pork is chunky, has burnt ends with some fat to boost. The roast pork or siew yoke has a crispy crust that holds even when you take them home. The belly pork is soft and moist and if you just have them over soft fluffy rice with some spoonfuls of the fat drippings blended with hoisin sauce, you’ll have a platter of Cantonese authenticity before you.
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