That Famous Canning Garden Roast Duck in IpohJune 7, 2010 | 6,967 views
I have heard and read much about this roast duck stall in Canning Garden of Ipoh, so much so that I got a little confused over this stall, and the (almost) similar restaurant serving (almost) the same fares named Hong Kong Oil Chicken & Roast Duck Restaurant in Tasek of Ipoh.
Yeah, and this stall in Canning Garden is parked within a restaurant named Hong Kong as well. Uncanny resemblance?
Hong Kong Restaurant @ Canning Garden, Ipoh - The same mosaic-tiled floor, mirrors and paintings on the walls, and a relaxing airy ambience with all windows and doors opened to the maximum.
And so, reading Alexandra’s article AGAIN two Saturdays ago got me all worked up for a visit to this stall soon. Plus I received an encouraging e-mail from a reader named Steve sometime back in May, pushing me on to give this particular crispy roast duck (“chui pei ngap”) a try.
Crispy Skin Roast Duck – Half a portion for RM19/USD5.80, the glistening and crackly skin stayed crispy throughout the meal, and the juicy, tender meat was devoid of any gamey taste.
And from the looks of it, the roast duck at Hong Kong Restaurant in Canning Garden sure deserves a chance to be amongst the stars in the top tiers of “Famous Roast Ducks in Ipoh” ……….
Madam Heng in her elements here, perched atop a wooden stool (pardon the cropped composition, I snapped this in a haste), and chopping up the ducks ….. all while decked in her most comfortable clothings
Yes, I read with much amusement at how Alexandra described Madam Heng to be such a punchy, feisty lady albeit already in her late 80′s (Updated June 9th 2010 – In my haste in reading Alexandra’s post, I misintepreted her words. Clearly Madam Heng was NOT the one aged 88 years old she wrote about. My apologies … poor eyesight ma! ) She was her usual cheery, affable self and ever-so-apologetic when our orders were ignored initially, and then our Honey Chicken ended up with disappointing frowns.
No, nothing concerning the quality of the food, but rather …. the last piece of Honey Chicken was snapped up by a customer already looming at the chopping board counter in front of the shop. Hence we changed our order to Dry Curry Chicken, another one of her personal recommendations.
Dry Curry Chicken - A mild, fragrant curry cooked with pieces of tender chicken
The roast duck was delicious; the fowl all drenched in their signature bean sauce (taucu). And yet, the skin remained intact and crispy, while the meat underneath was firm, tender and tasty , all at once. The roast duck was also devoid of the usual gamey taste, and thankfully without the common rubbery texture as well.
A whole duck for RM38/USD11.50, half a duck for half the price, and a quarter of a duck for RM10/USD3 each. Shown in the picture above was a half portion, enough to be shared among 2-3 pax.
A plate of roast chicken rice that paled in comparison to the obviously attention-seeker, limelight-hogging of a roast duck.
Here, you’re left with not many choices. Unlike the other Hong Kong Restaurant in Tasek, you don’t get deep-fried pork, braised meats, oil chicken (albeit you do get roast chicken here), nor a medley of dishes to go along with your rice. Only a limited selections of vegetables and meats, to accompany your choice of white or oil rice.
Notice the wooden plank/stool placed strategically below the chopping board? And the Zen-like motto on the yellow-coloured header? “I AM FINE, YOU ARE FINE, WE ARE FINE”
The restaurant at the corner lot next to the field may look empty and discouraging come lunch hours, but the place does serve a mix clientele … and they’re sure to return time and again.
The roast duck here comes close to being one of the best in Ipoh … if not THE best, to some. But of course, I still reserve the crown to one that really, really blows my socks off.
So, where’s YOUR favourite roast duck stall in Ipoh?
ROAST DUCK @ HONG KONG RESTAURANT
60, Jalan Lee Kwee Foh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-547 7813.
Business hours : 10am – 7.30pm daily.
Closed on every third Thursday and Friday of the month. (Information from Malaysian Insider’s post)
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to this roast duck stall.
Directions : This restaurant is situated directly behind of the famous Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun, and at the other end of Happy Fried Dough stall.