Roast goose

German roast goose

Roast goose is cooking goose meat using dry heat with hot air enveloping it evenly on all sides. Many varieties of roast goose appear in cuisines around the world, including Cantonese, European, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Roasting can enhance its flavor.


Cantonese roast goose
Roast goose
Traditional Chinese燒鵝
Simplified Chinese烧鹅
Hanyu Pinyinshāo é
Cantonese Yalesīu ngó
Literal meaningroast goose
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyinshāo é
IPA[ʂáʊ ɤ̌]
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanizationsīu ngó
IPA[siːu˥ ŋɔː˧˥]

In Guangdong and Hong Kong, 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. Roast goose are normally served with plum sauce to augment its flavour.[1]

Results of a 2016 survey released by the municipal government of Guangzhou showed that roast goose was the most popular dish, outranking white cut chicken and roast squab.[2]


Christmas goose (Weihnachtsgans)

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] eaten only on appointed holidays, including St. Martin's Day.[7]

It is generally replaced by the turkey in the United States. Similarly, goose is often an alternative to turkey on European Christmas tables.[citation needed]

In the United States, the price per pound of goose is usually similar to that of farmed duck, but the large size of the bird and low yield of meat to bone and fat makes a goose a luxury item for most. An added value is that roasting a goose will render a great deal of excellent quality fat which is typically used for roasting potatoes or as the shortening in pie crust (sweet or savory). One can also simmer pieces of goose submerged in the fat to make confit.[citation needed][clarification needed]

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.[citation needed]


Kars style roast goose is one of the most famous food products special to Kars region of Turkey.[11][12][13]


  • Timurid conqueror Babur in a banquet presented with roast goose
    Timurid conqueror Babur in a banquet presented with roast goose
  • Roast goose with dumplings (Klöße) and red cabbage
    Roast goose with dumplings (Klöße) and red cabbage
  • Roast Goose Curry served with rice at a restaurant in Thailand
    Roast Goose Curry served with rice at a restaurant in Thailand

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  1. ^ "Char siu: make sweet barbecued pork, Hong Kong-style | Hong Kong Tourism Board". dhk-local-market. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  2. ^ "珠三角放大鏡:美食調查穗人最愛腸粉燒鵝 - 東方日報". Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  3. ^ Roast goose makes Christmas dinner special Archived 2020-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 5 June 2013
  4. ^ Scandinavian Roast Christmas Goose from Epicurious, published on February 1964 issue Archived 2017-09-06 at the Wayback Machine 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 2 August 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  8. ^ Nigel Slater’s Christmas recipe for goose Retrieved 5 June 2013 Archived 10 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Goose fat potatoes recipe". The Daily Telegraph. 17 December 2012.
  10. ^ A Christmas Goose chase Retrieved 4 June 2013
  11. ^ Yaşin, Mehmet (21 January 2007). "Kars'ta kaz kebabı ziyafeti". Hürriyet Yazarlar (in Turkish). Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  12. ^ Taşdemir, Yüksel Turan. "Kars Kazı, Kars Kars kaşarı , Kars Grevyeri, Kars Balı ve Bu Yöreye Özel Besinler" (in Turkish). Tavsiye Ediyorum. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Kars usulu Kaz / Kars style roasted goose". Turkish cuisine. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.

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