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Shang Ji 上记 Duck Noodle (inside Shangi Ji coffee shop) @ Jalan Lumba Kuda, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Shang Ji 上记 duck noodle is a famous small stall in Shang Ji coffee shop located at Jalan Lumba Kuda. It is just a stone’s throw from JB Sentral and the JB CIQ (if you are strong enough to throw about 700 metres☻).

Shang Ji does a brisk business as soon as it opens at 8.

Shang Ji’s regular clientele of braised duck meat and duck innards fans made sure that everything would be sold out before the end of lunch time (at about 2:00pm).

The duck noodle was served with a small bowl of soup and a small dish of freshly grounded chillies.

The yellow noodle itself was rather unremarkable – Shang Ji got them from suppliers. And here’s the thing. What Shang Ji did to those ordinary factory supplied noodles with its braised duck meat and savoury sauce was what kept the stall’s fans coming back for more.

The duck sauce was pleasantly fragrant and full bodied. When the noodles were thoroughly stirred and tossed, the sauce coated the plain noodles with its delicious flavour. It did wonders to the plain noodles. It’s like Cinderella transformed into a princess. Ok, that sounds a bit overstated. I’ll say it was like plain white bread transformed into a delicious treat with top quality kaya (coconut jam spread).


Of course, the star of this whole show had to be the braised duck meat. The duck meat was cleverly sliced so that there was a thin layer of fat and skin with the lean meat. The 3-layered slice of lean meat, fat and skin was smooth and rich, and had a delightful, subtle smoky flavour. Braised duck meat is sometimes overly salty in other places but at Shang Ji, it tasted of just natural sweetness.

The humble chili sauce too deserves mention. It was made by blending fresh chili, ginger and garlic. Spicy but not stinging hot. The chili sauce complemented the duck and noodles well, and was even good enough on its own (for chili fiends like me). 

When we chewed the slice of duck dipped in the chili sauce together with the gravy coated noodles, it created a creamy mouthful that was a marvellously delicious blend of sweet and savoury flavours with spicy hints.

The herbal duck soup that comes with the noodles was light and tasty. Again, unlike the salty brew we sometimes find elsewhere.

This treat of Shang Ji braised duck noodles with soup cost RM5.

I'll be back at Shang Ji duck stall for the duck and also to try out their popular braised pork.

Restaurant name: Shang Ji 上记 Duck
Address: 149, Jalan Lumba KudaJohor Bahru (stall inside Restoran Shang Ji)
GPS: 1.461184,103.767355
Hours: Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Non Halal

Date visited: 6 Jan 2012, 13 Sep 2013

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