The husband and I had been wanting to try this really popular stall at People’s Park Food Centre (just next to OG Department Store) but the roast meat (siu yok) was completely sold out on the last couple of occasions we were here. This time we came by about 1pm on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and to our disappointment, again the roast meat was not available. Oh well, we were just not destined to eat it, lol. Need to be much much earlier next time! Anyway, since we were pretty hungry, we decided to settle for their roast duck and char siew rice.
If you’re eating there, you can just order via the young lady from the outside. If you’re ordering a takeaway, you’d have to join the queue inside. Let them know where you’re seated and they will have your food delivered right to your table.
The prices here are steeper than most other roast duck rice stalls. For example, a roast duck rice starts from $5, char siew rice from $4 and roast pork rice from $4.50. Besides roast meats, they serve steamed soups as well.
This Roast Duck & Char Siew Rice ($6) had thick and chunky pieces of deboned duck meat and char siew and came dry/plain as the sauce was separately served in a squeeze bottle so you can douse as much sauce as you want over the rice. I liked the skin on the roast duck – it had this smoky charred-ness flavour and was crispy – plus the duck was really meaty with hardly any fats beneath the skin (likely rendered off during roasting process). Similarly, the succulent char siew was also meaty with a thin layer of fats so overall it wasn’t too lean thus giving a nice juicy bite to it.
Six bucks for this at a hawker centre is probably considered expensive but the quality of the roasts and the weight of the meat should make up for it. It’s a close second to my top favourite Fatty Cheong @ ABC Brickworks Market. Definitely recommended!
Toh Kee Roast Duck Rice
32 New Market Road
#01-1014, People’s Park Cooked Food Centre
Tel: 6323 3368
Opening hours: 11.00am to 7.00pm (Tue-Sun)