Thursday, July 15, 2010


Whenever my family crave for roast duck, we'd always head to our favourite shop - Yi Kee in Taman Connaught, Cheras.

The shop owners, Mr and Mrs Liew Thiam Choy also sell Hong Kong-style roast goose (RM33 – RM130 depending on portion size)but these are in limited supply to ensure freshness. We also love the char siew (BBQ roast pork in a bewitchingly dark sweetish marinade) and siew yoke (roast pork).

But our mainstay has always been its Roast Duck (RM13 – RM50) which is redolent with the aroma and flavor of five-spice powder and Chinese ‘hua tiao’ wine. There is just a slight trace of fat underneath the skin; the meat is delectably compact but not tough.

According to Mrs Liew, roast goose meat tastes juicier and has more tender texture compared to roast duck.

“Our goose comes from China, Hungary, Taiwan or Thailand weighing around 4 kilos each. We have our own special marinade for it; the goose is kept in a cooling cabinet for a minimum of nine hours before it is roasted.

“You'd find our roast duck’s inherent gamey taste is subtly tempered with ginger powder. All the ducks are hand-roasted by Mr Liew to prevent them from being undercooked or overly burnt.”

Instead of the usual sweet bean sauce, the roast specialities are served with sweet plum sauce and chilli dip which are the ubiquitous accompaniments in Hong Kong.

Other delicious home-style dishes available at Yi Kee include Braised Goose Web (RM3-RM4 each), Choi Yin Kai (steamed village-bred chicken, RM13-RM16), Pig’s Stomach with Peppercorn Soup (RM10), Double-boiled Soup (RM3) and Shuin Choi (mustard leaves stewed in a tangy, spicy tamarind-based broth, RM3 – RM8 per serving). If you have a penchant for Pig’s Trotters Braised in Black Vinegar and Ginger, this traditional delight is only served on Sundays and public holidays.

Choice Tip: Try pasta lightly stir-fried with pesto, some sweet bean sauce and shredded roast duck! Any leftovers can also be cooked with fresh mustard leaves and presto! you have a delicious pot of choi kiok, that tangy-spicy stewed vege beloved by many Chinese & Nyonya families.

Restoran Yi Kee (non-halal), tel: (03) 9132 9968. Address: 223, Jalan Sarjana, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur is open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm daily except on alternate Wednesdays.

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