When Uncle Bob told us about Benson's salted duck stall in Toa Payoh Lor 1, Blk 168, I was eager to try it out. I love eating ducks and salted duck stalls are rare in Singapore.
Stall holder Benson worked in the kitchens of a few established Singapore restaurants before. He was last with Tung Lok Group before setting up his own stall here 8 months ago.
Besides salted duck we also had braised pork belly, braised offal, and pork organ soup.
Needless to say, the star was the salted duck. It was made by poaching and simmering the fresh bird in briny stock with aromatics like lemongrass, ginger, pandan leaves etc.
Benson cut the duck into bite size pieces. The duck was lean with little fat. The skin and meat were tender and juicy with a very slight soft coarseness as is characteristic of duck meat.
The main flavour was mild saltiness and it tasted a little flat. We can taste the duck's underlying natural sweetness and gaminess, especially in the skin. I enjoyed it 😋
Besides the salted duck, I like Benson's pork organ (with fish maw) soup and especially the flavoursome duck porridge splashed with dark braising stock. I think that the duck porridge and salted duck go perfectly together.
The fresh garlicky chili dip was also nice but I didn't use it much as I wanted to taste the duck's natural flavours.
Our total bill for 5 of us came to SGD33.
👉 If you like duck, Benson's salted duck is worth a try. Opinion at the table on the salted duck ranges from good to excellent (majority voted it excellent). I shall be back.
Benson is closed for Chinese New Year and will resume business on Monday, 30th Jan 2017.
Restaurant name: Benson Salted Duck stall Kim Seng Eating House. 盛记咸水鸭 [猪什汤,鸭肉粿条汤]
Address: Blk 168, Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-1040, Singapore 310168 (10 minutes walk from Toa Payoh MRT)
GPS: 1°19'54.6"N 103°50'36.5"E | 1.331837, 103.843462
Tel: +65 9781 4042
Hours: 9:00am - 7:00 pm (Thursdays off)
Date: 26 Jan 2017
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