Lunas Famous Roast Duck @ Tan Kee RestaurantFebruary 6, 2010 | 8,028 views
A short one for the weekend :
Lunas of Kedah has never been on my map for food-hunting sessions. Nor it’s even in my map, for that matter. Certainly a route less travelled, Lunas is a small town near to Kulim of Kedah, on the eastern side of the state, bordering with Penang. Lunas is rather famous for the many restaurants/shops/stalls serving roast duck, in a variety of ways.
Truth is, the roasted duck at Tan Kee Restaurant (The signboard reads Kedai Kopi dan Makanan …. but ironically, the shop only sells instant 3-in-1 Old Town white coffee. Go figure) was never the mind-blowing affair one might associate with Beijing crispy duck, comparatively. But after a few mouthfuls, you’d come to the realization that Tan Kee’s version has to be one of the better version around. And darn cheap at that. Can you imagine a whole duck for only RM24/USD6.80 while half a duck at merely half the price. Pupils gone all dilated, salivary gland into overdrive? Why am I NOT surprised. 😉
The skin of the roasted duck was crisp, the fatty layers underneath all gotten rid of, and the meat juicy and tender. None of those unpleasant gamey taste, and the duck was not one of those anorexic delinquents (read : FAT ducks, oh yeah …) The half a duck portion was surprisingly generous, almost shocking us into a comatose state for that meal was supposed to be an in-betweener (We have had our breakfast, and gonna have lunch in Penang ….).
They also serve “Khai Choy” or “Choy Geok”, or whatever you call the appetizingly sourish and spicy stew of mustard greens, dried chillies, tamarind and commonly left-over meats from the day before. But Tan Kee’s version lacked the oomph, being neither here nor there.
But the dipping sauce for the duck was good. A homemade concoction, with liberal inclusion of the seeds of the chillies, the sweetish dip complemented the duck meat very well. Although personally, I’d suggest for you to savour the roast duck WITHOUT any dipping sauces. It’s flavourful enough, trust me.
The Crispy roast duck can be served with plum sauce, or another version aptly named Itik Keladi, or Yam Duck. Any ideas what that is?
The unexpected brunch filled us up more than we desired. Which then led us to a much lighter lunch-tea break in Penang. Definitely one of the better roast ducks I’ve tasted, even better than Hong Kong Restaurant in Tasek of Ipoh. (To which I have to admit, the quality has dropped drastically, the last I visited).
The meal for four came to about RM17.80/USD5, inclusive of rice. A surprisingly viable-economic option, given the already popular status of Lunas roast duck, and Tan Kee in particular. Good thing they do not succumb to the commercialization bane, aka giving less than what the customers deserve.
You can read about how the other raved about Tan Kee at the following links :
No address, sorry. But to locate Tan Kee Roast Duck, you have to use the Kulim-Butterworth highway. If you’re from the North-South Expressway (PLUS), go north until you reach Butterworth. You’d see a Kulim/Butterworth exit. Take a 3pm turn at the roundabout in Seberang Jaya, towards Kulim town. Drive towards Kulim direction, until you see the junction to turn LEFT towards Lunas town. After about 1km of drive from the junction, you will see Tan Kee on your left, on Jalan Lunas main road itself.
An estimated Google Map at this following link.