Good Fortune Roast Duck House, Victoria Park
On Thursday 12th December, my friend invited myself and a few other people to the pre-opening of Good Fortune Roast Duck House in Victoria Park. I was lucky enough to have the day off work, so a friend and I went along to support our buddy and to celebrate the big occasion!
Good Fortune Roast Duck House in Northbridge is situated on the busy William Street, easily recognizable by its flapping green entrance. The common answer you get when you ask the majority of the Perth population where the best roast duck and pork is, Good Fortune Duck House is your first and immediate answer. I distinctly remember an old work colleague of mine smacking her lips as she told me how much she loved the roast duck from there.
I’ve actually only been to the Northbridge version once before and remember the food being crazy inexpensive and a genuine reproduction of authentic Hong Kong food. To get the opportunity to sample the food for free prior to the big opening on Friday was a special event and I wasn’t going to miss it for the world.
My friend and I got there a little earlier and ambled around the Victoria Park strip for a bit, appreciating our friend’s (and his family’s) business savvy nature – Victoria Park would be be the best place to open up a new enterprise, considering it is a sprouting food scene. In addition, I think it will appeal to the Southies in the area who are craving their Roast Duck fix and need somewhere close by to purchase it.
I hadn’t been to Big Bowl, the previous establishment at Good Fortune’s current spot, but the general consensus from others at our table was that Good Fortune utilised the space a lot better than its predecessor. It’s bigger, brighter and double the size of the Northbridge one, decked with big gaudy chandeliers … and my friend’s prized possession, a massive table smack bang in the middle that appeared to be a cross section of a monstrous tree trunk. It was a nice centerpiece! The new layout will certainly cater for Good Fortune’s large customer base and increasing popularity.
My friend looked awfully busy as he whizzed around making sure everything was in order as the chefs cooked up a storm in the newly built industrial kitchen. My friend reported that a lot of work had gone into the kitchen, a spacious steel contraption that was wok city. Meanwhile my friend and I took a table which already had a few different sauces set up for us, including garlic, chilli and vinegar as a round of condiments to complement our BBQ meats. We helped ourselves to free drinks to freshen up as the place began to fill up. The place was packed with regular customers, business clients, friends and relatives of the Chen family.
The food at the central table began to multiply, dish upon dish of deliciousness being served out. I quickly piled my plate high and sat back down. Of course there was Roast Duck (which will be priced at $29 for a whole, $15 for a half), as well as a boneless version. Everything was so beautifully decorated; a vibrant splash of colours that contrasted with the gleaming dark hues of the crispy duck skin. It was succulent and meaty, a perfect dish to start off with.
I am a huge Roast Pork person, so I was so glad to see what seemed to be a non-stop flood of pork crackling, rendered fat and juicy pork meat. It had been splashed in a salty soya sauce, which is always the way to go with roast pork. The BBQ Pork aka the Char Siew ($29 for 1kg) was also fantastic – sticky and sweet on the outside, slashed into tender strips and piled up on the plate. BBQ Pork is the best meat to have with any kind of noodle dish, whether that be Wanton Noodle soup or a Fried Kwai Teow. So good, though I despondently didn’t get a good picture of it.
Fried Vermicelli Singapore Style ($14) was great, peppered with prawns, capsicum, Chinese vegetables, bean sprouts and sprinkled with sesame seeds. It had my favourite fried egg integrated in it, with charred pieces of vermicelli giving the noodles a subtle smoky taste. There was also a large dish of Good Fortune’s Special Fried Rice ($11), set up close to the noodles which I also got a generous scoop of.
The salt and pepper squid ($15.50) was done up properly – not simply the squid tentacles that you get at dim sum restaurants but generous sized white squares, flash fried in crunchy butter and dosed in a good amount of seasoning. I loved it so much, and it was even better that the squid was piping hot and exceptionally fresh.
There was also a huge House Special Shredded Duck Salad ($12) with an abundance of duck pieces, all a touch pink. The duck was tossed up with red onion, lettuce and shredded carrot. I had a bit of it and it was very nice. Good to get some greens into the system!
There were also several cuts of crispy skin chicken ($25 for a whole, $13 for half) which were equally succulent to the other meat dishes on the table. I didn’t have a lot of the octopus, but it was carefully sliced up and drizzled with what seemed to be soya sauce and sprinkled with sesame.
I love peking duck. It’s one of my favourite dishes of the Asian cuisine. Good Fortune had a consistent supply of them racing from the kitchen. It was composed of a blob of hoisin sauce, brittle duck skin with a slim layer of fat and meat underneath, trapping a stick of cucumber and a section of green sprout. Everything was enclosed in a doughy pancake, which enveloped all the oily goodness of the duck skin. Everyone was making a beeline for it, so I joined in on the race and quickly consumed three. So good.
In the middle of all the festivities, there was a whole suckling pig which the crew cut into with a massive butcher knife. We all cheered and toasted appropriately. My friend and I stayed around for a bit, watching people bring what seemed like an endless stream of congratulatory flowers then pecking at the food before deciding to leave. We wished our friend the best of luck for the big opening (which later had lion dancing!) and gave him a big pat on the back for all the sweat and months of hard work put in to opening up the new restaurant!
When it was all finished, I nabbed a take away menu, almost disappearing with the actual dine in menu before my friend pointed out that would be stealing. Red faced, I put it back and left, not before promising myself I was going to come back and try some more food (noodles!). I can see how Good Fortune Roast Duck House is going to grow into something even bigger and better – it is great food at exceptionally cheap prices. Looking forward to seeing this place grow and garner even more popularity! Thank you to my friend for inviting us to such a special event.
No current rating as the food was complimentary :)
Address: 884 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park 6101 (next to Emma’s)
- Open daily from 10am to 10pm (except for Wednesday).
- Phone orders for take away available (telephone contact: 9472 8236).
- The menu at the Victoria Park Good Fortune is identical to their Northbridge branch, with the exception of a few extra specialty dishes, including fish cakes.