Getting your goat: four places to eat goat in Hong Kong
Another Lunar New Year has passed but we still can’t get goats - not sheep, mind you, see http://goo.gl/HO0NvA - off our minds or, more to the point, our stomachs. While certainly not a popular delicacy in Hong Kong, around the world goat meat is beloved for its gamey flavour and affordability compared its close relative the sheep. We can’t speak to whether eating goat this year is auspicious, but we do know it’s delicious, and with the growing number of Caribbean, African, South Asian, and North African restaurants in the city there are lots of great places to give it a try.
This newish Caribbean hot spot on Hollywood Road boasts authentic island food to go with its modern, predominantly rum-based cocktails. No chef worth his salt would claim to serve Caribbean food without at least a little goat on the menu, and Chef Kristofor Olbrich’s take on a traditional curry goat served with potatoes and dahl puri roti (HK$100) has become a lunchtime favourite.
Rummin' Tings, 28 Hollywood Road, Central tel: 2523 7070 e-mail: www.rummintings.hk
Mandy’s private kitchen, Caribbean bar, and restaurant in Sai Kung has long been the go-to dinner spot for Hongkongers looking for the real deal when it comes to island cuisine. Mandy also does a version of goat curry, this time with a uniquely Trinidadian flair: the young bone in Australian goat is presented under a blanket of thick curry sauce, and served with the traditional accompaniment of rice and peas, and salad.
Mandy's, Ground Floor, 24 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung tel: 2791 2088 e-mail: www.caribbeanhk.com
Bismillah Kebab House
One of the most beloved preparations of goat from South Asia to North Africa is goat biryani, a dish of rice cooked with spices, meat, and often served with gravy. Biryani lovers are very particular when it comes to their favourite dish and finding an acceptable biryani - especially a goat biryani - can be a real challenge. Thank god for Bismillah Kebab House, where they do goat biryani right for only HK$65.
Bismillah Kebab House, Shop 75, 1/F Chungking Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui tel: 2722 5733
Africans from many parts of the continent love eating goat; one of the best goat dishes is from Nigeria, where goat is used to flavour traditional pepper soup. The best version in Hong Kong is served up at Zanziba Restaurant, a casual eatery upstairs in Chungking Mansions.
Getting a reservation can be a chore; if they don’t pick up it may be best to just show up.
Zanziba, 4/F, Block C, Chungking Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui tel: 9156 8794