Monday, 19 September 2016
Roast Duck at Hong Kong Boy Food Street in Johor Jaya 好味药材烧鸭
This evening I stumbled upon a good dang gui herbal roast duck stall at the popular food street near Hong Kong Boy coffee shop in Taman Johor Jaya.
This bustling food lane beside Hong Kong Boy coffee shop between Jalan Dedap 21 and Dedap 22 in Taman Johor Jaya comes alive after 6:00pm every night.
I am drawn to this place often as it is the definition of what street food means to me - eating on the road itself (closed to vehicle traffic at night). The atmosphere is filled with the chatter of diners and background music (often my fav hits) from the street side CD stall. 好味药材烧鸭 or "delicious herbal roast duck" is one of the stalls here at Hong Kong Boy food street.
For more than 15 years, stallholder Ah Chuan learnt the craft of roasting herbal ducks from his father, the founder of 好味药材烧鸭. The 30+ year old brand now have 4 family run outlets, with the original stall founded by Ah Chuan's dad in Taman Sentosa still operating.
I started with a plate of duck breast meat with rice for RM5.
Ah Chuan cut the duck in little pieces whereas I prefer my duck to come big and chunky.
My heart sunk a little. Don't like duck in small pieces.
But, when I bit into the tender duck meat, I like the mildly savoury dang gui 當歸 herbal flavour with zero duck gaminess.
I like it enough to go a second round, this time a drumstick for RM6.
Ah..... it was chopped in thick chunks, the way I love my duck.
The golden brown wrinkled skin is soft like wet towel and it is saturated with a nice well balanced savouriness and dang gui herbalness. I like a bit of duck gaminess when I eat duck but really didn't mind that there was zero gaminess in 好味's juicy herbal roast ducks.
Beneath the soft skin, the tender juicy meat was well infused with the same mild savoury and dang gui herbal flavour. Nice.
Not much fat in these skinny tropical ducks.
The atmosphere and buzz at Hong Kong Boy food street will always pull me to Johor Jaya. And, when I am there, I will surely treat myself to a juicy herbal roast duck drumstick from 好味药材烧鸭.
Restaurant name: 好味药材烧鸭
Address: Between Jalan Dedap 21 and Jalan Dedap 22 beside Hong Kong Boy coffee shop, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°32'24.9"N 103°48'10.7"E | 1.540246, 103.802971
Hours: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Tues off)
Date visited: 19 Sept 2016
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