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Published February 2nd 2017
Chinese Food at it's Best - BBQ Meats - Peking Duck
This restaurant is your very typical Asian one and could have been transplanted from Asia to here. It is genuine Asian food with a menu in both Chinese and Australian.
We went there in my search again for good Peking Duck, and this time we went to the Victoria Park branch which is far larger than their popular Northbridge Restaurant, and therefore not as cramped.
It is situated on the main street in East Vic Park and although it was very large, it was almost full the day we went for lunch.
Hanging in the window were the delicious looking whole ducks, looking as if they are cooked to perfection, and just begging to be eaten!
Hanging ducks in window
From the front, the Good Fortune is very unassuming, and indeed inside it is not fancy, however, it is pleasant, clean and not too crowded as many restaurants are nowadays.
The front of the Good Fortune
From the footpath in Albany Highway, there is a neon sign which "stands out" even from the other side of the road.
Neon sign outside restaurant
HISTORY OF GOOD FORTUNE ROAST DUCK HOUSE Good Fortune was founded by Mr. Jin Shou Chen in 1999. Mr Chen has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, and specialises in roast duck, as well as the classic BBQ pork, roast pork and BBQ pork ribs.
Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. Peking Duck is considered one of China's national foods and at Good Fortune they pride themselves in serving quality roast ducks using the traditional methods and recipes.
In the past 10 years, Good Fortune has become one of the most popular roast duck houses in Perth and was the first in Perth to introduce their very own signature dish "Boneless Roast Duck". Other specials that they are renown for are Shredded Duck San Choy Bow, Boneless Roast Duck, Roast Duck Noodle Soup and the original Roast Duck. All dine-in meals at both shops come served with pickled vegetables.
In 2008, the Australian locally produced film, "Two Fists One Heart" was partly filmed inside the Northbridge restaurant!
THE MENU The menu has a wide selection of traditional Chinese seafood dishes such as Shark fin's soup, Sambal king prawn, Peking pork ribs, salt and pepper squid, lobster served with yee mee, mud crab braised with ginger and shallots, braised abalone, shredded duck omelette, and much more.
Good Fortune dine in menu
They also do suckling pig, and it is recommended that you place your order for this at least 3 days in advance.
For as little as around $35, you can enjoy a three-course meal including entree, soup and a main dish.
They also do takeaways, and they are open from 10 am to 10 pm every day, except Tuesdays.
When you dine in, you can bring your own wine and alcohol to accompany your meals.
Our waiter getting our tea
Our waiter was fast, pleasant, flamboyant, always had a smile, and was quick to explain and recommend the dishes to us. Though of course, I knew what I wanted before I even walked in the door!
We also had a female waitress and she was similar, with a smile on her face every time she approached us.
We were brought a pot of Chinese tea ($2) shortly after we sat down, and asked for more hot water as it was a bit strong. This was both refreshing and a "MUST" to have with Asian food.
Chinese tea served in small cups
Good Fortune has the Peking Duck as an entry, which includes 5 pancakes with the crispy duck skin and condiments for $19.50. We ordered several more so that we had four each and this came to $31.20 which is quite expensive as you normally can get half a duck with two courses for this price.
Waitress serving our Peking Duck
These are then rolled up after putting your own Hoi sin sauce inside them - oh so yummy! I could have gone on and on eating them however 4 did not last long.
This was not enough for a meal so we had to choose another dish and had difficulty doing this as they all look so delectable! Eventually, we chose duck again, and this one was sliced and served on a bed of rice, and cost $13, though the waiter warned us that it was only about 7 small slices of duck.
This duck had a lovely flavour and was SO tender
Although the decor was simple, it was very pleasant and seemed particularly clean. On each table was a silver tray with condiments on it.
Condiment tray on each table
One of the cute features on this tray was a toothpick holder in the shape of a house. You press the chimney, and out pops the toothpick - great idea as with an ordinary one, everyone touches the toothpicks to pick just one, and this way you only touch the one that you are about to use.
Cutest toothpick holder
A most unusual feature of this Restaurant is that you could walk past and see inside the kitchen. From my experience, this is quite an unusual thing for an Asian restaurant, and a nice idea.
Even the kitchen staff are smiling!
The decor was quite plain though it had that Asian look on the walls, which is quite pleasant and looked rather "retro".
Retro look Restaurant
We had a very enjoyable meal in pleasant surroundings and attentive staff.
The total cost was $46.20 for two people and even though the second dish was not large, it was quite enough for me and my companion.
A nice finishing touch as you wait to pay the bill was a plate of what turned out to be roasted watermelon seeds. We ate these only to discover that you are supposed to peel off the outer hard skin and eat the pip inside this pip!
Complimentary watermelon seeds
884 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
10 am to 10 pm - closed Tuesdays
There is plenty of parking opposite in a shopping centre, and public transport goes past.
Medium to expensive
Yes, but with 2% surcharge
Chinese BBQ, take away, catering, and dining