Kau Kee Beef Brisket

What are these people standing in line for?

They are standing in line for Hong Kong’s best beef brisket.

Long before the store opens at noon, a line would form outside Kau Kee at 21 Gough Street.

Inside I was ushered to a table with six others – that’s the thing about Hong Kong, unless you are eating at Fook Lam Moon or a fancy French restaurant, most of the time, you are going to have to share table with strangers.

But if the food is good, many don’t mind that. This is what the line is for – rich, deeply flavorful beef broth and the deliciously tender brisket which has been stewed for hours and tastes light as opposed to the usual dark beef brisket one finds elsewhere:

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