Cantonese-style roasted meats, or siu mei, are a lunchtime fixture in Hong Kong. Entire pigs and whole fowl are seasoned, air-dried, roasted, hacked into bite-sized pieces, and served in street stalls and restaurants throughout the city.
Here in Los Angeles, the most popular varieties of Cantonese-style barbecue are maltose-glazed roasted pork (char siu), blistered-skin pork belly (siu yap), juicy roasted duck (siu ngaap), and soy-sauce chicken (yao gai). From Silver Lake to South El Monte, here now are the eight essential Hong Kong-style barbecue restaurants to experience across Los Angeles.
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