Date Traveled, February 2013
Joy Hing Roasted Meat is one of those restaurants you go to experience a quintessential Hong Kong activity, which is to eat utterly delicious yet cheap local food in a crowded, dilapidated and messy little hole in the wall, whilst packed inside at small tables with other strangers and with the wait staff yelling orders to the cooks. Of course, no English spoken or on the menu, if they had menus.
When I arrived in February of 2013, I was in Hong Kong only for a weekend and was craving for some good local roast pork with rice. Options abound in Hong Kong and it is really hard to pick one good grimy nook from another excellent weathered stall. Chances are you can find a good spot no matter where and it is impossible to hunt down every good place unless you live here for a few years at least. I just happened to come across Joy Hing Roasted Meat as a spot with good Char Siu and Siu Yuk. Reviews on openrice were extremely favorable and that was also a good sign.
Char Siu is Chinese barbecue pork which typically is very flavorful and Siu Yuk is roast pork which has the skin cooked to a delicious crisp. And here was a place that apparently was well known for its great Char Siu and Siu Yuk rice and not too hard to get to from our hotel in Kowloon being only a few of stops to Wan Chai. The restaurant is a short straight walk from the Wan Chai MRT stop, located at 265-267 Hennessy road where you are when you exit. But note that it is not actually on Hennessey road but just around the corner at a street which I wasn't sure if it had an English name. Just watch for the address numbers at the street signs on Hennessey road which give the range for that block, most streets in Hong Kong do that. If you go past 267 on one of the signs you missed it. The other challenge with this place is that the signboard has no English either. There are places in Hong Kong where there is no English on the menu but at least have a signboard with the English name, Joy Hing wasn't one of them, so it certainly helped us that we took pictures of the place from websites on our phone and could compare the sign with our pictures. This is how it looks like below in any case.
Joy Hing roasted meat shop
The char siu and siu yuk rice combo
The Joy Hing Roasted Meat storefront I had read that the place typically has a crowd and a long wait, but maybe that was for lunch. We went for dinner and didn't have to wait and were seated on a table right at the entrance by the street. Now ordering. If you plan to go to Joy Hing, might as well get the combo and you get to try both their Siu Yuk and their Char Siu. Just say "Siu Yuk Char Siu Faan", aloud - roast pork barbecue pork rice and they should be able to understand you.
That's what we ordered and shortly after the waiter yelled our order to the cook inside a stall not two feet away from him, we had two plates with generous portions of pork and rice brought to us along with a large bowl of soup. The dish is simple, it has pork, rice and nothing else. Why complicate things when not needed? That was enough and sated my pork and rice cravings for the night. The soup or broth, I did not like and there is a little consistency issues with the meats with some pieces being too fatty, but overall great food and more than anything else for visitors, a great experience.