Sunday, February 7, 2010

Peking Duck @ Duck King

Duck King is a popular Indonesian restaurant chain known for their Chinese style Roast Ducks that opened up a KL branch in 2008. Endorsed by Hong Kong Gourmet Chua Lam we had our dinner at the packed restaurant last weekend.

Our meal started off with the usual Salmon Yee Sang which wasn't very good compared with others that we've had so far. The dressing was way too sweet and there was too much carrots for my liking.

Yee Sang
Salmon Yee Sang

Fish Maw soup came next. The soup had a nice consistency but was lacking in Fish Maw and was much milder in flavor compared with the Bangkok version.

Fish Maw Soup

We wanted to order a steam fish but our captain recommended us to try their Braised Tilapia with Bitter Melon. I quite liked the flavor from the Braising Liquid but the Tilapia was definitely the wrong fish for this method of preparation. Braising the already soft and flaky meat made the texture of the fish mushy. A Grouper breed such as Soon Hock might have been better for this.

Braised Tilapia with Bitter Melon

Another seafood dish we had was Grilled Cuttle Fish which was grilled tender and was nicely seasoned.

Grilled Squid

Stir-Fried Vegetables (I forgot what they were called) were also very good. I've only had this vegetables in China and was surprised they have it here. It tasted similar to Pea Sprouts but a little softer. This was my favorite for the night.

Stir-Fried Greens

Our captain also recommended the Braised Pork Trotter which was another disappointing dish. The pork wasn't braised long enough. There was barely any meat and the skin was very chewy.

Braised Pork Trotter

With a name that implies they are the King of Ducks we definitely had to try a duck dish. We ordered their Peking Duck because it was the only duck dish that took up one page of the menu. It arrived beautifully wrapped but taste-wise it was bad. The crepe although soft was cold and the skin of the duck wasn't very crispy at all. It was a big difference compared with my recent Peking Duck experience at Shang Palace, Zuan Yuan and Iata Pata.

Peking Duck

The second course however saved it from completely being bad. We opted to have our duck meat stir-fried with XO sauce which was very good. The meat was very tender and the XO sauce was very flavorful.

Peking Duck Second Course: Stir-Fried Duck Meat with XO Sauce

Overall we were quite disappointed with the food. Maybe it's because the restaurant was busy. The price was reasonable especially the Peking Duck which cost around RM 65 if I recall correctly.

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Ambiance: 3/5
Price: $$ (Under USD $20 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 8-G, Block M, Jaya One, No 72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 7957 9819

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