Jelapang Famous Roast Duck @ Tai Sai Hee Duck KingApril 29, 2010 | 10,564 views
Gorgeously-glistening & crispy skin of the marinated roast duck @ Tai Sai Hee in Jelapang, Ipoh
Mention Char Siew, or Siew Yoke for lunch or dinner (or breakfast also can lah …) and you’ll see me flooding the entire street with my drool. Especially those proportionately cut pieces of lean-fat meat with a 50-50 ratio preferably, or in some instances, 60-40 also can, with the higher percentage of melt-in-mouth fat more than the tougher lean portion. Better yet, pair them with white rice, oil rice, noodles, or porridge, and you’ll have a balanced feast of porky haven.
Squint if you have to, but the ducks at Tai Sai Hee are priced from RM14/USD4.40 (half a duck) to RM28/USD8.80 (one whole duck). Except for the special XO Duck which is priced higher, and piqued our interest indefinitely.
There are several restaurants/food stalls that are famous for roast ducks, and various other roasted meats in Ipoh. One being the famous Sun Yeong Wai in Ipoh Jaya, somewhere within the vicinity of Gunung Rapat of Ipoh. Another old classic in Tasek is Kedai Makanan Hong Kong, that prides on their oil chicken (crispy chicken bathed in oil), roast ducks, and my personal favourite; the Fried Crispy Nam Yue Pork. Not forgetting the recent find at Falim’s Sri Taman Mas that has gained an admirable following nonetheless.
The man at the back was slamming a duck unconscious !!! 🙂
Anyway, Tai Sai Hee Duck King in Jelapang town of Ipoh has been around for 7-8 years now, and offers something different for a change. Aside from the usual crispy roasted duck, at Tai Sai Hee (which literally translates ‘Four Happiness’ in Chinese) you can also try their Ginseng Duck, Crispy Pei Pa Duck, Dong Guai (Angelica sinensis) Duck, Beijing Drunken Duck, and their premium creation; the Hennesy Duck (RM38.80/USD12 for a whole duck). The other ducks are priced at RM28 for a duck, and RM14 for half a duck.
Delectable cuts of Char Siew (barbecued marinated pork), and the crispy Siew Yoke (roast pork)
Our roast duck came in a half portion, chopped into bite-sized pieces (okay, some more than a mouthful), and presented in a most aesthetically-pleasing presentation. Maybe it’s the effect of a guy brandishing his camera and snapping away, coupled with the incessant questions that alerted the man on possible press presence at his restaurant. Which by the way, is already quite a darling with the media, as evident from the various newspapers’ and magazines’ cuttings all laminated and proudly displayed on the walls.
The roast duck was delicious; being tender without overly chewy nor undercooked, and marinated (or probably stuffed, in this case) with various herbs and spices before roasting the bird/fowl. The herbal essence of the gravy served with the duck provided a pleasant fragrance, and the sweet and slightly tangy dipping sauce made from plum sauce (or was it ‘hoisin’ sauce?) complemented the meat perfectly. The skin was not as crispy as Falim’s version, but the duck was meatier, and probably palatable even to non duck meat-lovers, for the gamey taste was not as off-putting as some others.
Sweet potato leaves (Shu Miu) stir-fried with minced pork
If your carnivorous cravings ain’t subdued yet, go for their Siew Yoke/Char Siew combination platter. But do request for your preferred cuts of pork, for the Char Siew came leaner than desired, requiring much exercise of the jaw muscles. The crispy Siew Yoke was scrumptious as well, possibly a notch below First Garden’s Kwong Chow’s, losing out on the ‘crunch’ department and not as intensely-flavoured meat.
The Char Siew/Siew Yoke are priced at RM18/USD5.60 for 600g, and RM9.00/USD2.80 for 300g. A whole roast chicken for RM20/USD6.25 and half a chicken at RM10/USD3.10.
You can also opt for single servings of roast duck rice, roast chicken rice, etc. And top up your lunch with the variety of dishes served in steel containers, ala Economy Rice (Chap Fan) style. I spied sambal petai (!!!) amongst the array of dishes, but with Mr.Z being a dictator (hehe), we ended up with the compulsory fibres-of-the-meal of ‘Fan Shu Miu’ (sweet potato leaves) with minced pork. Not too bad, for I dig green leafy vegetables anyway.
Very obvious what they’re famous for, no?
The meal came to RM48/USD15 for the four of us. You can have your meats with white rice, or oil rice. We chose the former, for “healthy-eating” sake. Yeah right. ……
Aside from their roast ducks, Tai Sai Hee also serves various double-boiled soups (“Dan Tong”) to go with your meal.The place can get packed come lunch hour, so be there early, or you can call and reserve a table, or pre-order your meal before arriving.
Address & Contact Numbers :
ITIK PANGGANG TAI SAI HEE (TAI SAI HEE DUCK KING)
585, Jalan Jelapang,
Telephone : 6019-569 3212, 6012-462 3157.
Business Hours : 11am – 7pm.
Days off not fixed, usually on a Thursday and Friday at the end of the month.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Tai Sai Hee Duck King.
Directions : Coming from Ipoh town towards Jelapang using Jalan Silibin, once you reach the roundabout with the huge replica of “Labu Sayong” (Perak’s famous pottery), take a 3 o’clock turning. You will pass by Klinik Kesihatan Jelapang on your left. Go straight, until you are near to Jelapang town, and look to your RIGHT. You will see “Itik Panggang Tai Sai Hee” soon enough, right before you reach Jelapang town.
They also have a branch at 56-58, Lebuh Taman Pertama, 30100 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.