Rating: 3 out of 5
18 Goulburn St, Haymarket 2000
BBQ King has long been a stalwart of Sydney’s late night dining scene. Open until 2am, it brings in all those revellers that are looking for an alternative to a late night lamb sandwich. However, this place is open all day, so whenever your hunger strikes, you can get your fill of roasted meats. Hanging in the window of the take-away kiosk side are glistening samples of whole roasted ducks with deep, red skin, chunks of char siu, and slabs of crisp-skinned suckling pig.
I’ve been to BBQ King many times over the years for their roast duck lo mein. I love lo mein, or stirred, Cantonese-style, wonton noodles. They have a slightly firmer resistance when you bite through, with quite a distinctive taste and texture, and when they are served dry, lo mein style, it soaks up all the lovely flavours of the sauce. I’m a sucker for duck when there is a choice. Yes, even if there is pork on the menu, and in particular, suckling pig with crunchy crackling.
On this occasion, the roast duck was succulent and tender, although the skin was soft and not as crisp as I’ve had previously. The noodles were firm with nice bite, and the duck juices at the bottom were a sweet and salty combination of soy and honey, with hints of Chinese five spice and star anise.
Unfortunately, the noodles and the choy sum underneath were not served hot. In fact, it was barely warm. I’m not sure whether my plate had been sitting around on a bench for a while before it reached me, but it was disappointingly colder than it should have been. Otherwise, it’s still a worthwhile visit for the duck, and if I was stuck for a late night meal option, BBQ King would still be a strong contender.