Hong Kong Oil Chicken & Roast Duck @ Tasek, IpohMay 11, 2013 | 5,882 views
Roast duck served on a bed of cucumbers and the usual suspects; chili sauce and the sweet/sticky ‘hoi sin’ sauce
Tasek; an enclave of industrial haven located in between Bercham and Chemor won’t probably trigger your mind upon the onset of hunger pangs; for I myself have been struggling to recommend a really good place for people to dine at after visiting Perak Cave along Jalan Kuala Kangsar.
But then, have you chanced upon this really cool roast duck place named Kedai Hong Kong? Not to be confused with the previous Canning Garden one that also used to serve roast duck (but sadly, she has retired), this double lot eatery with air-conditioning actually serves more delicious gems beside roast duck.
You walk over to the counter and order everything that you feel like gorging upon. There is also a glass display counter next to the workstation (where all the chopping takes place) with a dozen or so of cooked dishes; ala economy rice style
The restaurant opens from 10am until early evening; hence it is best to come as early as possible. Let me tell you why.
Kedai Hong Kong’s renowned not only for their immaculately-marinated, basked and roasted duck, but also for the oil chicken (weird name, but something unlike your roast or poached chicken) and the very addictive deep fried pork marinated with ‘nam yue‘ a type of fermented beancurd paste.
The Nam Yue Char Chu Yoke (deep fried pork) will hit all the right spots. Except the part of your brain that sends warning signals upon non-adherence to a strict diet!
Plus point of dining here is that, you don’t get bored of the selection. Since they offer more than a handful of meats (duck, chicken, pork) and a cauldron of boiling ‘choy keok’ (mustard greens in a spicy and sour broth with leftovers/spare parts of the duck/chicken/pork), plus other cooked items as well, having repeated lunches here feel anything but boring.
The almost omnipresent sidekick to the roasted meats; “choy keok” may not appeal to some for the fact that the bones, spare parts, and leftover meats are all dumped into the concoction. Me? I’m a sucker for this.
A meal for two came to less than RM30/USD10, including drinks. You should try their Ginseng root drink to wash off the guilt post-meal.
As for the roast duck? I daresay, since Madam Heng has retired from the scene, and Jelapang’s Tai Sai Hee is situated slightly further than what I am comfortable with, this famous establishment at Tasek is how I fall back to when the craving for roast duck hits. Sun Yeong Wai in Ipoh Jaya used to be excellent, but the inconsistent quality had me doubting another visit. Unless I am on a ‘heong peng’ frenzy all over again.
This lunch took place exactly a week ago. Last Saturday, 4th May 2013. When all parties were hopeful, campaigns shifting into accelerated mode, and promises (some empty, some broken) were heaped upon the Rakyat.
I remembered the strong sentiments and desire to change (and vice versa) exhibited through the multitude of posts on social media, articles published on mainstream media (which I read with a very liberal pinch of salt) and alternative media (need to apply filters as well), as well as passionate pleas from the politicians themselves.
Fast forward a week later, and the mood has changed. Drastically. For better or worse, that remains to be seen, and this is far from a suitable platform to discuss political views, yet for possibly the very first time (the Bersih rallies aside); Malaysians come together united and sharing the same vision; let us form a colourblind society and say no to racism.
HONG KONG OIL CHICKEN & ROAST DUCK (non-Halal)
638-640, Jalan Kuala Kangsar,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +605-291 1550
Opens 10am – 7pm everyday, extended to 8pm on Sunday and public holidays.
GPS Coordinates : 4.651797,101.104752