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Roast goose

Roast goose
Chinese roast goose
Place of origin China, Europe
Main ingredients goose
Cookbook:Roast goose 
Roast goose
Traditional Chinese 燒鵝
Simplified Chinese 烧鹅
Hanyu Pinyin shāo é
Cantonese Jyutping siu1 ngo4*2
Literal meaning roast goose

Roast goose is a dish found within Chinese and European cuisine.


  • Southern China 1
  • European 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Southern China

In southern China, roast goose is a variety of siu mei, or roasted meat dishes, within Cantonese cuisine. It is made by roasting geese with seasoning in a charcoal furnace at high temperature. Roasted geese of high quality have crisp skin with juicy and tender meat. Slices of roasted goose are generally served with plum sauce.

Timurid conqueror Babur in a banquet presented with roast goose.

Roast goose, as served in Hong Kong,[1] [2] is no different from its counterpart in the neighboring Guangdong Province of southern China, but, due to its cost, some Hong Kong restaurants offer roast duck instead.


Goose has a distinct flavor[3] which makes it a favorite[4] European Christmas dish. In Germany, roasted goose is a staple for Christmas Day meals.[5] For European cultures, roasted goose is traditionally[6] only eaten on appointed holidays, including St. Martin's Day.[7]

It is generally replaced by the turkey in the United Kingdom and United States. Similarly, goose is often an alternative to turkey on European Christmas tables.

Roast goose is also a popular ingredient for post-Christmas meals. There are a number of recipes for Boxing Day which make use of left over roasted goose from one’s Christmas Day banquet.[8]

The most prevalent stuffing[9] are apples, sweet chestnuts, prunes and onions. Typical seasonings[10] include salt and pepper, mugwort, or marjoram. Also used are red cabbage, Klöße, and gravy, which are used to garnish the goose. Another version of roast goose is the Alsatian-style with Bratwurst-stuffing and sauerkraut as garnish.

See also


  1. ^ "Eating in Hong Kong". 11 March 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Where the Wild Things Are". 11 December 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Roast goose makes Christmas dinner special Retrieved 5 June 2013
  4. ^ Scandinavian Roast Christmas Goose from Epicurious, published on February 1964 issue Retrieved 5 June 2013
  5. ^ in Germany at BBC language portal Retrieved 5 June 2013
  6. ^ Roast Christmas Goose from the New York Times, originally published in December 18, 1994 Retrieved 5 June 2013
  7. ^ "Calendar of the traditions, festivals, and holidays in German-speaking countries". Oxford Language Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  8. ^ Nigel Slater’s Christmas recipe for goose Retrieved 5 June 2013
  9. ^ Goose fat potatoes recipe as one of the Christmas food and drink compiled by The Telegraph UK Retrieved 5 June 2013
  10. ^ A Christmas Goose chase Retrieved 4 June 2013

External links

  • Gordon's Christmas roast goose recipe Retrieved 26 April 2013
  • The Perfect Christmas Goose Recipe Retrieved 26 April 2013
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