Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay – Tiny Urban Kitchen

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Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

I have a friend who has been visiting us in Hong Kong regularly (from the US!) ever since we moved here in 2017. Every time he comes, there are a few favorite foods that he has to eat. One is any rendition of sweet & sour pork ribs (“咕嚕肉” or ”京都排骨“). The second is the fried chicken with pomelo at The Yuan (原汁原味)in Wan Chai. And the third is the fantastic aromatic duck seafood stew at Forbidden Duck (Causeway Bay).

Ever since the pandemic ended and international travel resumed, we’ve seen our friend on a regular basis again, which has been great. One side effect of that is more visits to Forbidden Duck lately!

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

Forbidden Duck is part of Chef Alvin Leung’s empire of restaurants in Hong Kong (his most famous being his [formerly 3 now 2] Michelin starred Bo Innovation). Chef Alvin Leung is probably the most decorated Hong Kong home grown chef. Forbidden Duck is his more casual restaurant, and there are a few locations around Hong Kong.

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

The focus of the restaurant, of course, is the Peking Duck. They do an admirable job, and since duck is the focus of the restaurant, it’s pretty much always available. (At a lot of other places, you typically have to pre-order the duck.)

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

The side veggies were a bit more creative a few years ago, including melon and pink radish. During a more recently visit, however, they’ve switched back to using just the traditional cucumbers and scallions.

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

The steamed skins are pretty nice, and they’ll give you more if you run out.

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
The Peking duck is pretty good and worth getting if you come. Perhaps it’s not the absolutely best we’ve ever had (that would probably go to Mott 32, Xin Rong Ji, and the like), but still expertly made and tasty.

(half duck, $308; whole duck $590)

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
If you want another duck course, you can order the lettuce wraps (Mongolian style), which are a nice complement to the duck wraps. $148 HKD
Forbidden Duck Hong Kong

I must agree that the Seafood Rice in Aromatic Duck Soup ($218) at Forbidden Duck is indeed amazing. My favorite part is how they use two textures of rice. There’s an insanely aromatic broth made (presumably) from duck bones and other seafood. There’s scallops, pieces of duck meat + skin, and rice inside the soup. The scallops are barely poached, and thus have an amazing texture. And the best part? The sizzling toasted rice 鍋巴 that comes on the side. Add them together, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic duck soup with beautifully contrasting crispy + soft rice all happening in one bite.

This is definitely a “must order”. In fact, my friend comes to this restaurant just for this dish!

Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Yu Shiang Eggplant ($138)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Another “must order” for my friend is the Sweet and Sour Pork with Lycee and Hawthorne. They do a really nice job at Forbidden Duck, and I really like their creative, slightly more upscale rendition of this dish, swapping out pineapples for lychees. ($180)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Salt and Pepper Squid ($168)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Steamed Scallop and Tofu in black bean sauce ($198)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Stir fried garoupa with ginger and spring onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, wood ear ($280)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay
Scallops with wood ear, celery, mushrooms ($218)
Forbidden Duck Causeway Bay

More recently Forbidden Duck started launching a coupon program where they give you five $100 (HKD) coupons to be used at a next visit (usually within a month). You have to spend $500 to use one $100 coupon, and you can only use 3 coupons. It’s effectively 20% off a HKD$1500 meal. At the same time, I noticed prices have gone up quite a bit (~30%) since our first visit 5 years ago. Perhaps that is to be expected?

Since Bryan loves Peking duck so much, I don’t ever need to really twist his arm to get him to agree to come here. I personally am happy as long as we get the Seafood Rice in Aromatic Duck Soup, (and would be totally fine if we skipped the duck!). Haha, of course Bryan wouldn’t go for that.

All in all, this has surprisingly been a place we have visited more often this past year.

Forbidden Duck
Times Square
1001b, 1 Matheson St,
Causeway Bay



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