Super King Buffet and Emerald Coast restaurants. YUMMIE!!!
I can vouch for their roast duck on rice takeout. $5.50
Gou Lou Cheung
September 05, 2003
One of the strange things about the otherwise swell Hong Kong City BBQ on 441 north of Commercial is that their namesake Chinese barbecue is only so-so. It's the other stuff that's really good.
Now maybe a mile or so south, in the small strip adjacent to the one that houses the other HK standby Silver Pond along with that largish Sino-Viet grocery, the little prepared-foods shop and such, there's also a tiny storefront Chinese BBQ takeout. A mainstay of Chinatowns (and Chinese towns), Gou Lou Cheung is the typical narrow little shoebox of a shop, with whole glistening birds and shiny and bumpy slabs of pork hanging on hooks behind glass up front, and a couple of tiny tables towards the back.
They haven't been around that long, and already half the items on the menu are crossed out: eliminated are noodle soups and most of their dim sum, possibly to settle disputes with the Vietnamese pho joint and Silver Pond, each a few doors down. What's left are animals and animal parts, mostly, though they also had trays of sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves (an acquired taste I still haven't acquired) and what looked like steam buns behind the counter.
Meats include the usual bright red roast pork and its fried "crispy" cousin, whole golden ducks, pale soy-baked chickens, and steam-table bins of chicken feet, pig intestines and other organs and appendages.
In a bit of a departure from the usual, they also have some meats prepared in Vietnamese styles, most obviously a fish-sauced chicken. Whether the owners are from Vietnam or they're simply catering to the substantial Vietnamese contingent in the area, I didn't ask.
Anyhow: everything looks fine, and in the interest of science (science!) I tried a plate of their roast duck over rice. I'm happy to report that the chopped strips of bone-in duck were tender and moist, very meaty, and the skin was crisp and tasty without being chewy. The sweet-salty soy-hoisin sauce poured over it was fine, and the side of steamed chopped Chinese cabbage was its usual bland, faintly garlicky-gingery self without being cooked to death.
It's not going to change the world, but it's a good addition to the area and would be my stop of choice for roast meats in Broward. They're at 4139 SR 7/US 441 in Lauderdale Lakes, between Oakland Park and Commercial. Essentially takeout only, but if you don't mind eating out of styrofoam, there are a couple of little tables for two by the kitchen door.