Kam's Roast will open with no goose on menu

Never mind that the menu has no goose, the 70-seat Kam's Roast will still open on Nov 19 at Pacific Plaza.

It is a spin-off of the Michelin-starred Kam's Roast Goose, which opened in 2014 in Hong Kong.

The man behind Kam's Roast opening here is Singapore-born television producer Robert Chua, 70, who tells The Straits Times that he is still looking for a reliable goose supplier. In previous interviews, he had said that he would serve duck if he could not get quality goose.

"Unfortunately, we have no goose yet," he says, "So that's why we did not put 'goose' in the name; it will be misleading."

Menu highlights include roast duck, suckling pig and "toro" char siew made with premium pork belly.

The roast duck, Mr Chua says, is cooked in the same way as the goose and should taste the same. He conducted 30 rounds of blind tastings with both roast duck and goose in Hong Kong and says diners could not tell the difference.

Prices are not confirmed yet, but Mr Chua says: "The pricing is fair and is comparable with what people think is the best London duck here."

Some dishes that are exclusive to Singapore include wonton noodles - with the noodles flown in daily from Hong Kong - as well as a red bean dessert cooked with premium mandarin peel.

The chef helming Kam's Roast here used to work at Hong Kong roast goose institution Yung Kee. He will be based in Singapore permanently. Another chef from Kam's Roast Goose will be stationed here for a month.

In Hong Kong, Kam's Roast Goose earned its first Michelin star within four months of opening. It was started by Mr Hardy Kam, a grandson of the late Mr Kam Shui Fai, who founded Yung Kee in 1942.

However, a lengthy legal spat between Mr Kam's father Kinsen Kam and uncle Ronald Kam ended with his uncle gaining control of Yung Kee in Central, Hong Kong.

Kam's Roast will be located next to the Michelin-starred ramen restaurant Tsuta, which opened on Sunday and attracted long queues. The Michelin-starred dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan will also open an outlet on the second floor of the same mall.

•Kam's Roast opens on Nov 19 at 1pm at 01-04 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'Kam's Roast will open with no goose on menu'. Print Edition | Subscribe