by Wern Sze Gill
The roast duck with its shining reddish-brown skin, seen hanging in the windows of Chinese restaurants or hawker food stalls, is synonymous with any good Cantonese food joint. The roast duck, which requires delicate preparation, is first blanched, then salted, marinated, stuffed with herbs and spices, and then air dried for hours prior to being roasted. The meat has to turn out tender, flavourful and moist; a feat which only the best Cantonese chefs can achieve.
A good roast duck should have a tinge of its herbal or spice essence, providing a pleasant fragrance complimenting the sweet and slightly tangy dipping sauce which comes with the dish. The skin of the roast duck should also be slightly crispy, due to the combination of honey and vinegar marinade.
In the places recommended below, you can either order a whole or half a duck or your preferred cuts, or simply opt for a single serving of roast duck (prices reflected below), which comes with rice, some cucumbers and gravy or dipping sauce.
Cheong Kee @Kafe Wah Nam
30, Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh
Nice herbal flavour and tender. Served with yellow, ‘oily’ rice.
RM3.50, opens daily 11am – 3pm.
Itik Panggang @ Anika Selera
Ipoh Garden (opposite Wooley Food Centre)
Tender pieces of duck served with white rice. Nice ginger chilli sauce.
RM4.50, closed on Thursdays.
Itik Panggang Tai Sai Hee
No.585 Jalan Jelapang, Ipoh
Tender, juicy and meaty pieces. Glistening and slightly crispy skin. Also offers a few other flavoured roast duck variations and ‘economy rice’ dishes. RM4, 11am – 7pm.
Hong Kong Oil Chicken and Roast Duck
No. 638, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Taman Tasek Damai, Ipoh
Generous portion of meaty, tender duck served with cucumber and rice
RM5, opens daily 11am – 8pm
Restoran Sweet Home Town
No.646, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Taman Tasek Damai, Ipoh
A few shops down from ‘Hong Kong’. Nice tasting tender duck, and offers a variety of other ‘economy rice’ dishes as well. RM5, opens daily 11am – 8pm.
Restoran Sun Yeong Wai
Main: No. 17, Jalan Sri Ampang, Taman Ipoh Jaya
Branch: No.13, Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh
This outlet is renowned for their roast duck. Nice tender and very juicy pieces on a bed of fragrant rice.
RM5, open for lunch and dinner, closed on Wednesdays.
W. Hup Kee Roaster
Restoran First Garden
53 Lorong Taman Sebelas, Taman Pertama (First Garden)
The duck is flavourful and tender and they have both white and oily rice. Roast chicken and pork are also available. RM3.50, opens for lunch from 11.30am. Tel.: 016-5339532 or 012-573 0798.