Pork is the real winner on the Kam’s Roast menu

No wonder, because we have the best pork in the region


We’ve been seeing a steady stream of Michelin-starred restaurants entering the Philippine market these past few years—quite telling of our country’s growing recognition in the global food industry. We’ve produced a number of acclaimed chefs and restaurants both within the country and abroad, after all. Plus, we can also boast having the best quality pork in the region.

Eric Dee, president of Foodee Global Concepts, proudly shares this tidbit: “According to the [Kam’s Roast] chefs, we have the most superior pork product in the region. Kam’s is opening in Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan, I believe and they’ve been testing a lot of pork products, even from Hong Kong. [And] we have the best pork products.”

If you don’t believe him, maybe you’d believe me. At the pre-opening dinner, we were able to try several pork dishes, and me and my companions all agree—they were our favorites out of the whole roster of dishes presented that night.

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Two types of char siu: regular BBQ pork, and the ‘toro’ or BBQ pork belly
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Roast suckling pig

nolisoli eats restaurant kam's roast

nolisoli eats restaurant kam's roast

So let’s get to it. Here’s what you can try at Kam’s Roast as they finally open their doors to the public:

As much as we’ve “hyped” the pork and duck dishes these past few weeks, the appetizers are not to sleep on. Try the chili cucumbers—as the name suggests, it’s a platter of sliced cucumbers served with chili sauce. The cucumbers are perfectly crunchy, complemented with a slightly sweet chili sauce.

The lava century egg with pickled ginger, on the other hand, is a slightly different take on the classic Chinese restaurant fare. Unlike other century eggs, Kam’s Roast’s century eggs are naturally aged and are exactly the same as the ones used by Kam’s Roast Goose in Hong Kong. “We call it a lava century egg because unlike the century eggs that are available locally, a lot of those use chemicals to produce the ageness. Our is legit—malasado, the yolk is still wet,” Dee shares.

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Lava century egg
nolisoli eats restaurant kam's roast
Chili cucumbers

Eat a slice of century egg with a piece of pickled ginger. It doesn’t have the oftentimes sharp flavor associated with the spice; rather, it’s even a little sweet and complements the century egg.

And for the star of the show, you can choose to enjoy the pork in several different ways—all of which I personally recommend.

Pork #1: Roast sucking pig. It’s served with homemade hoisin sauce, although the pig is good enough on its own. The skin is thin, light, and crispy.

Pork #2: Crispy roast pork. I guess you could call it lechon macau, except this one is served with yellow mustard sauce. The pork is juicy and tender, with crispy skin. Don’t go overboard on the sauce—it’s quite spicy, almost like wasabi.

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Crispy roast pork

Pork #3: Char siu. You can have the regular BBQ pork char siu, or you can have the ‘toro’ char siu (BBQ pork belly). It’s pretty much barbequed pork, as the name suggests. The toro, however, is very fatty, and—dare I say it—melts in your mouth.

For a special occasion, be sure to try the roast duck. The roast duck is served with Kam’s Roast’s special plum sauce. You can also order the duck in smaller portions, like a quarter, and half cuts.

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Roast duck


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Soya chicken
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Noodles with shrimp roe
nolisoli eats restaurant kam's roast
Wonton soup, the only item on the menu with seafood. The wontons contain shrimp.

Despite the original Kam’s Roast being known for their goose, the Manila branch unfortunately won’t be carrying it on the menu, as poultry importation from China is illegal because of bird flu, Dee shares. This is also the reasoning behind the slight change in the restaurant’s name, with “goose” being dropped.

Other local changes include having rice and noodle combos, which, Dee shares, isn’t a normal practice in restaurants in Hong Kong. These special plates will normally include a meat—your choice from roast duck, soya chicken, BBQ pork, or crispy roast pork—served on rice or on noodles. Meat combinations are also possible.


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