Roast goose

Roast goose is a dish found in Chinese, European, and Middle Eastern cuisines. The goose is in the biological family of birds including ducks, geese, and swans, known as the family of Anatidae. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution. Roasting is a cooking method using dry heat with hot air enveloping the food, cooking it evenly on all sides. Roasting can enhance flavor. Many varieties of roast goose appear in cuisines around the world.

Southern China

Roast goose
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu Pinyinshāo é
Cantonese Yalesīu ngó
Literal meaningroast goose

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 often in a charcoal furnace at high temperature. Roasted geese of high quality have crisp skin with juicy and tender meat. Slices of roast goose may be served with plum sauce.

Hong Kong

Roast goose, as served in Hong Kong,[1] [2] is similar to its counterpart in the neighboring Guangdong Province of southern China. Some restaurants offer a similarly prepared roast duck.


Goose has a distinct flavor[3] which makes it a favorite[4] European Christmas dish. In Germany, roast goose is a staple for Christmas Day meals.[5] For European cultures, roast 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 roast goose from one's Christmas Day banquet.[8]


Prevalent stuffings[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.

Middle East

Among the most famous food products special to Kars region of Turkey are Kars honey, Kars Kasseri, Kars Gruyère cheese, which tastes like Swiss Emmental cheese, and Kars style roast goose.[11][12][13]

See also


  1. "Eating in Hong Kong". 11 March 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. "Where the Wild Things Are". 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. 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
  11. Yaşin, Mehmet (2007-01-21). "Kars'ta kaz kebabı ziyafeti". Hürriyet Yazarlar (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  12. Taşdemir, Yüksel Turan. "Kars Kazı, Kars Kars kaşarı , Kars Grevyeri, Kars Balı ve Bu Yöreye Özel Besinler" (in Turkish). Tavsiye Ediyorum. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  13. "Kars usulu Kaz / Kars style roasted goose". Turkish cuisine. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
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