Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice

I was at Serangoon Garden food centre to review Tan Soon Mui for Tried & Tested: Beancurd. Since it was lunch hour, I wondered which stall I should try out. There were two prominent queues — one for pig organ soup, the other for braised duck. Well, since I don’t eat pig organs, it was a no-brainer.

Braised duck with additional order of egg and tau kwa (beancurd), S$4.50

The good: Rich, dark gravy, obviously made with a good quality dark soy sauce. This is the old-fashioned, Teochew home-style kind of sauce. What I like is that they didn’t overwhelm the braising sauce with herbs and spices like star anise and cinnamon. The sauce is flavorful without being too salty. They are also very generous with the rice.

The not-so-good: Not aromatic enough. Perhaps I’m used to my mom’s style where she uses plenty of galangal (blue ginger) and shallots. Also, the meat could have been more tender.

Overall, a very respectable old-school braised duck. However, my gold standard for Teochew braised duck is still Lek Kee.

Be prepared to queue during lunchtime

If you decide to swing by this food centre, don’t miss the tau huay at Tan Soon Mui (#01-41). Also, grab some old-school buns and cakes from Serangoon Garden Bakery (#01-45/46, just next to Ah Seng Braised Duck).

Another well-known stall at this food centre is Shukor Stall. They are the famous roti john stall from now-defunct Taman Serasi Botanic Gardens food centre. But it was closed the day I was there, so no chance to try their legendary roti john.

Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice 亚盛卤鸭饭
49A Serangoon Garden Way
#01-44 Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
Singapore 555945

Mon to Sat: 11am – 8pm (earlier if sold out)
Closed on Sundays

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Comments

  1. DK says

    Mom’s braising sauce is so good and unique. I am using galangal powder for braising different types of meat with huge success (almost similar to mom’s version). Fresh galangal is very expensive here, and requires more time and labor to prepare.

    • says

      Yes, Mom’s braising sauce is indeed one of a kind. I didn’t know there’s galangal powder! Glad to know there’s a cheaper substitute to the fresh variety.

  2. says

    One of my frequent stall when I’m at the food center for meals. Their price is pretty economical too. We like their pig stomach but too bad u dun take organs. Do try the “guo tie” aka dumpling stall next time u are there.

    • says

      Hi JC, yup, I noticed their braised pig innards are pretty popular. Too bad I don’t eat innards. 🙂

      I did see a dumpling stall when I was there. If I remember correctly, it was Fong Kee? I was too full to try other stalls, but yeah, will try it next time. Thanks for the tip!