Saturday, December 7, 2013

Soon Lok, Choy Hi, Pooi Kee & Brother Kuan Roast Duck @ Puchong

Duck tales: Scouring Puchong for the tastiest of this neighborhood's roasted poultry, starting with probably our top pick, Soon Lok.

Soon Lok's roast duck (RM42 for whole) proves that this popular restaurant is no quack; its meat is fleshy & flavorful, while its skin proves commandingly crisp, blessed with a luscious layer of fat to broaden both the waistlines & the smiles of satisfied patrons.

Everything else here is convincingly executed, from the staples of siew yok & char siew ...

... to an assam shark's head platter that should appease fish fans.

Cabbage laced with dried shrimp for fiber, plus noodles for carbs.

Next, only a minute's drive from Soon Lok, here's a look at Choy Hi, which is slightly less busy but still seems to have a faithful following.

Pei Pa roast duck; probably a B-minus in our book. The meat could have been fresher, juicier & better-tasting. Not a total fail, but not a big hit either.

Choy Hi also serves steamed chicken that may or may not be from Bentong; there's a vagueness to how the food is explained here.

What's worthwhile here: Bean curd stuffed with fish paste, served steaming-hot ...

... plus boneless chicken in a thick apricot sauce that's addictive even if it might be artificial ...

... & wild boar curry that's lip-smacking in its creamy savoriness & the beloved three-egg steamed platter that's crowd-pleasing in a can't-fail fashion.

Claypot 'water spinach' & the bounciest of fish balls wrap up our look at Choy Hi, where the hits make the misses tolerable.

Next on our fowl itinerary: Pooi Kee, where charcoal-roasted duck rules the roost.

Pooi Kee offers no fewer than three types of roast duck: one swimming in a light sauce, the second sprinkled with sesame seeds & another soaked in angelica herbs.

Not bad at all; drumsticks cost RM12 per plate, while half a chicken sells for RM20.

Bentong-style claypot duck with ginger's also worthwhile, though the cuts seem bonier here.

Veggies galore, from sour to soupy, leafy to crunchy (the beansprouts are tasty).

Pooi Kee's pork is OK but not the highlight of this outlet.

Last but not least: Brother Kuan, where customers who come after 7pm might find themselves waiting at least five minutes for a table at this bustling venue.

Our definitive duck hunt ends with Brother Kuan's crispy duck in a mild, watery herbal sauce; good but not great, though in this case, good is good enough.

Brother Kuan's a fair place for a no-frills meal, with fast, friendly service. Steamed fish, spinach, roast pork & omelets all hit appealing notes. Hurray for Puchong.

 Soon Lok, 77, Jalan Kenari 20, Bandar Puchong Jaya
Choy Hi, 16, Jalan Kenari 18A, Bandar Puchong Jaya
Pooi Kee, 56, Jalan Puteri 5/18, Bandar Puteri Puchong
Brother Kuan, 2A, Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri Puchong

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22 comments:

  1. Wow, my favorites! Roasted duck, wanton mee and fish balls! Anytime for a bouncy fish ball :D

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    1. Ken: yay! yeah, that would make for quite a pleasant casual chinese dinner! :D

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  2. The food looks quite succulent here, Sean! Your photos are fantastic!

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    1. Linda: thanks! And yeah, succulence is a good thing to have when we're having duck! :D

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  3. Can't wait to take my noming nieces to Soon Lok! :D

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    1. Ulric: especially if they're duck-loving nieces! :D

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  4. Holy Moses!!!! I love duck!!! Look what you've done, Sean! Now I'm drooling all over...

    Interesting names. Pooi Kee is aeroplane, Choy Hi is watch a movie or not? Now what is Soon Lok? Luckily not Soon Fatt - nice in Chinese, not in English. :P

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    1. Suituapui: yay, looks like we'd be able to form quite a massive duck fan club! :D ooo I didn't know what those names mean. Thanks for the info :D

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  5. i liked roast duck, thanks for sharing this place~

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    1. Mr lonely: glad u enjoyed this post =)

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  6. This looks delicious!

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    1. Cquek: ducky delicacies! :D

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  7. Oo.. we love goose and duck too.. here.. will swap you our top places! hehe :P (we will definitely check yours out!!) http://ccfoodtravel.com/2013/02/duck-or-goose-here-are-our-top-6-restaurants/

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i can't resist duck, but i should be ashamed of myself cos i haven't tried ANY of your six favorites! :D

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  8. We're always on the lookout for good roast duck.... we should give Soon Lok a try after reading your post.

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    1. Baby Sumo: sounds like we can all form a large club of duck-lovers! i hear a lot of people saying they believe Soon Lok is puchong's best (though some folks prefer brother kuan) ... and i think personally, i agree =)

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  9. Soon Lok is great. My sis loves em. There is another right at the other corner (a coffee shop), a stall which has awesome pork and duck too. It is all in Chinese thou.. (Hence I really don't know the name)

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    1. Sycookies: ooo, thanks, i've suddenly developed an addiction to duck, so i should look for that corner shop too! :D

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  10. ahhh i really miss the cuisine back home and all the yummy roast duck for just 10 euros!! i can't even get half a duck here at these prices!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, but i wouldn't mind paying euro prices for duck if it meant i could live in europe! hope you get to satisfy your roast duck cravings soon! :D

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  11. wow....a good summary of ducks in Puchong. quack quack... :-p

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    1. Melissa: it was fun doing this duck hunt! :D

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