Kam Gok Yuen is the traditional Chinese hole-in-the-wall restaurant you’d expect to find in Chinatown. It’s been here forever — well, at least for as long as I can remember coming down to Chinatown. They serve your typical noodle soup and fried rice dishes, but their specialty is the roast/barbeque meats.
Whenever we don’t have the time (or feel like) cooking, Case and I like to pick up half a barbeque duck. The stern yet jovial butcher will yank one of the ducks hanging from the storefront display and proceed to skillfully chop up the bird with a big scary knife before placing it in a styrofoam takeout container.
In an assembly-like manner, the perpetually grumpy looking hostess/server will finish packing the duck, throwing in a couple packets of the famed Wing Kee plum sauce for dipping, and sometimes a small container of duck sauce if she feels like it.
The duck is really tender and juicy on the inside, and the skin is super crispy — some of the best we’ve had in Vancouver. Half a duck is under $10. Fast service, cheap and tasty food, ghetto atmosphere — what more could you ask for?
Tasty takeout alternative to your run-of-the-mill poultry in a bucket.
142 East Pender Street, Vancouver