Thursday, 2 February 2012

Taika Huat Braised Duck in Skudai, Johor Bahru 八里半大家发鸭肉

Taika Huat Braised Duck 八里半大家发鸭肉 established back in 1973, is one of the popular Teochew style braised duck restaurants in Johor Bahru.


We purposely arrived at 大家发 at about 10:00am in the morning, in order to avoid the famous lunch crowds.


10:00am is a good time to catch a leisurely brunch in the cool under the shade of a big leafy tree. A truly uniquely Malaysian experience.


The boss Mr. Qua who is the second generation owner welcomes customers with a winsome smile.

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Taika Huat is now in the third generation with the boss' daughter Emily joining the business.


大家发's famous braised ducks waiting by the window for customers.


Even at this time in the morning, 大家发 is already a hive of activity.


The boss personally attends to the details of preparing the food.

The boss' personal touch results in this superb braised duck. The meat is firm yet tender and juicy. The sauce has a subtle pleasant herbal taste and is naturally sweet.

I ordered these duck tongues out of curiosity and ended up totally falling in love with it. Each piece includes also the flesh from around the lower jaw and chin of the duck. To me it is just like duck meat except that it is even better as it has the different interesting textures of lean meat, skin, gelatinous membrane, and cartilage.

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Taika Huat's braised-then-steam pork knuckles are also worth a Must Try. Not very photogenic as the pork kunckle was cut up, but it was delicious. The meat was tender, savoury and naturally sweet. The tender meat, skin and fat had a gummy gelatinous bite, which felt lovely.


Duck blood is made into a curd and used to make soup. Availability of duck blood is usually an indication that the stall uses live ducks (which is more tender and naturally sweeter).

Taika Huat used to serve duck blood curd but this is no longer available as there are no more live duck farms in Johor. This dish has been replaced by pork blood curd which is also popular, especially among Singapore residents.


This kway teow kia (though generic) is infused with the flavours of the delicious braising sauce, herbs and spices used to make the braised duck plus the duck's juices. It goes very well with the meat, tongue and soup.

This is a delightful gastronomic experience that I like to revisit regularly. I am still thinking of those amazing duck tongues and the braised pork knuckle ;-P


Taika Huat Duck is just a stone's throw from Lee Pineapple


Restaurant name: 八里半大家发鸭肉 Kedai Masakan Itik Taika Huat
Address: Jalan Kilang Nenas (Jalan Skudai Batu 8½ near Lee Pineapple Factory and SJK Kuo Kuang school)
Map: http://g.co/maps/r4qqu
GPS: 1.523723, 103.6724
Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm (closed on first day of every lunar month)
Non Halal


Date visited: 2 Feb 2012, 30 Jan 2014, 30 Mar 2014, July 2014

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12 comments:

  1. Have u been to yong peng? Near batu pahat. There are many delicious food such as yong peng duck noodle located at maju road and atap house ' Fu Zhou Lu main ' all my favorite foods. Not only that , u can pay a trip there discover the foods.

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  2. Hi Loving, I have not been to Yong Peng ;P I must go and try your recommendations soon ;D Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hi Loving, I have just visited Yong Peng. You are right! The food is so delicious and I love the Foochow cuisine ;D But I am not able to find the stalls you recommended :( I definitely wish to visit Yong Peng again.

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  4. Wowowo the duck LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL ♥

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  5. Yes, Sue. Very delicious too ;D

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  6. Is open for dinner?

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    1. Unfortunately it is not open for dinner. Closes at 4:00pm but best to be there at lunch.

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  7. Dear JK,
    What a fantastic blog you have! I love it! Looks like you really get around and know your stuff. I tried out this duck shop yesterday and totally LOVED it! We had such a wonderful meal and really loved the atmosphere!!! I'm planning to go back with my husband and shall be exploring all these makan places on your blog! Great job!

    Judy from Singapore.

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    1. Thank you Judy for the kind encouragement and glad you enjoyed yourself :) Wish you happy reading and eating :D

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  8. Can you visit Lee's pineapple?
    Their pineapple is very sweet

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  9. Quek Check Shyong6 December 2015 at 14:23

    Definitely the best braised duck in Johor Bahru. And you can eat it every day because it does not have any gamy smell at all and does not have any overpowering taste of any kind, an ingenious and perfect blend of taste and texture, fit for an Emperor! I believe everyone would agree that it is a highly delicate and elegant dish. Unforgettable and irresistible!

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  10. delicious & big quantity per dish, haha

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