Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck, Ang Mo Kio, Singapore

Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck has a reputation of being one of the better roast duck joints in Singapore and her main branch is at Toa Payoh. I've tried the duck from the main branch before and was honestly very unimpressed. They opened a branch at Ang Mo Kio recently and I decided to give them another shot.

Unfortunately, I didn't like the duck at the branch either; for the same reasons why I didn't like the one at the main outlet. The duck was scrawny, the skin was not crispy, it was seasoned with too much salt and compensating by drowning it in copious amounts of ridiculously sweet gravy didn't help either. In a nutshell - bad roast duck.

The roasted belly pork was nothing to shout about either. It tasted as though it was only seasoned with salt, didn't taste any pepper or five-spice. Just when I was going to declare this joint "beyond redemption", I bit into a piece of the barbecued pork. Finally, a saving grace. The barbecued pork was done very well, the edges were charred just nice and the sugar coating was caramelized without being burnt-bitter, the cut of pork had a good balance between the fat and the lean meat. If there's only one thing worth eating here, it seems to be the barbecued pork.

I ordered a bowl of seafood soup from another stall in the coffeeshop to cleanse my palate from the bad duck and roasted pork and was pleasantly surprised to find clams in my soup. I love clams and they made the broth far sweeter and tastier than most seafood soups I've had. I'll definitely come back here for this soup and maybe some barbecued pork.

D

5 comments:

cindy said...

Hey, sorry, don't mean to leave little trails all over your old blogs..lol it's a weakness of blogspot. I use wordpress and it allows me to get email notifications of comments.

Another thing I don't like about blogspot is the lack of search facility.

That pic of an open clam reminds me of dinner last night at Greenwood Fish Market. I love their littleneck clams! A touch salty the gravy yesterday but still yummy and the clam is so sweet.

Tuesday nights are $1 oysters...

Angie said...

Hi D,

Have you tried the Hong Kong roast meat stall in Marina Square food court? It's quite good, my taste only though.

Anonymous said...

i love clams too! they are absolutely lovely. :)

-cheers from london

D said...

Cindy: No worries, it's all good. I've heard of Greenwood Fish Market for awhile and have always wanted to give it a shot. $1 oysters on Tuesday? I have eve more reason to go there now.

Angie: Msquare? No I actually haven't and usually stay clear of food courts because they seem to be the epitome of mediocrity but I'll give this one a shot. Thanks for dropping by and the recommendation.

Lady Dianabol said...

I don't suppose the duck on your side of the globe can be any worse than those we get here.

Having to settle for less makes me want to say something else that rhymes with duck.

Even the Peking Duck we get here is such a poor imitation of the real thing, pseudo to the point you know the chef had crossed the Chinese border with a fake passport.

The herbal duck in JB is another story I suppose.