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REVIEW – JIT SENG HONG KONG ROASTED DUCK RICE

>> Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Penang is one of the states where you can savor quite a few types of duck rice. You can have the Peking Duck Rice, Pei Pa Duck Rice, Braised Duck Rice and the Hong Kong Roasted Duck Rice. One of the famous one would be the Jit Seng Hong Kong Roasted Duck Rice situated along Lebuh Carnarvon. The sole chef cum owner, Mr. Lam, has been in this business for the last 3 decades, selling his freshly roasted duck rice daily.

Even before he opens up his business around noon, you can see that the whole coffee shop would be crowded with people. What makes his duck rice so unique that people would queue up for half an hour just to eat it? Firstly, the duck is real tender with so much of ingredients stuffed in it prior to roasting. Secondly, the skin of the duck is coated with his special sauce which would include some molasses (Ba Lei Ko in Hokkien or Melaco in Portugese). Thirdly, the portion served is very generous.

Most of the time, he would include a duck drumstick for a serving for two and above such as the photo below.

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On top of his famous roasted duck, he also has Roasted Pork, Roasted Chicken and Char Siew (Sweet Roasted Pork) topped with his special sweet bean sauce.

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Since the crowd was rather huge that day, I had decided to get some mixed combination takeaways with an extra bowl of rice. Can you imagine I had problem finishing the whole packet of rice? You hardly could see the rice with the generous amount of Roasted Duck Meat, Roasted Pork and Char Siew covering every inches of the rice. The whole pack cost me only RM5.

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If you are a keen duck meat lover, you should try him out. It’s worth the wait. On top of the never ending flow of locals, tourists as far as Australia and UK patronize his place regularly. You could also contact him for takeaway of a full bird. Roasted Duck would cost RM36-38, Roasted Chicken at RM18 and Roasted Pork or Char Siew at RM35 per kg.

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It is very easy to find this stall if you know where Lebuh Carnarvon is. If not, then move along Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong until you reach a traffic light. Pizza Hut is on your right. Keep left and drive forth until you reach the next traffic light. Turn left into Lebuh Carnarvon. The duck rice stall is just within the Star Hotel premise next to Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze (formerly known as Lebuh Hong Kong).

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Name: JIT SENG HONG KONG ROASTED DUCK RICE @ STAR HOTEL
Address: 246, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-262 2172 (Mr. Lam)
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Closed Public Holidays)
GPS: 5.414319, 100.333386

RATING:
Ambience: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 7/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 6/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 7/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

10 comments:

Steven Goh October 28, 2008 at 9:08 AM  

I already have the privilege to sneak preview the pictures even before the posting. hahah... Btw, really want to try out this lovely roasted duck stall as there are not much nice roasted duck stall in Penang. Moreover the price is so cheap with RM5 the whole pack. Thumbsup.

Allie October 28, 2008 at 9:58 AM  

Tired this before. The duck is really good. :-)

ck lam October 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM  

Last time, they used to make siew cheong too... but have not been doing so cos lost of work needed.

Do try their free soup - usually serving the dried vegetable soup (choy korn tong) and old cucumber soup (loa wong kwa tong).

allenooi October 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

i'm not a duck lover. but can try out their roasted pork or bbq pork.

Kaya MeeKoo October 28, 2008 at 5:54 PM  

Yes, it certainly has been around for ages.
I love the char siew at this place... the caramelized fragrance of the char siew is insane! Yummy! :-)

Jason Wong October 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM  

Criz,

Remember to ask Ah Pui to choose the best part and duck for you. Orelse he will cqhing chai chop for you.

During Chinese New Year, you get the duck from his workshop near by.

The roast por and char siew is definitely nice. It is quite cheap compared to others.

Next time we can go togather.

ling239 October 28, 2008 at 10:32 PM  

i prefer the roast duck with crispy skin ~ ^_^

Little Inbox October 29, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

Last week, we dined in Choo Jiang, a restaurant famous for its roasted duck. One duck drumstick and a plate of stir fry veggie already cost for RM20. Expensive hor? Should go and try this one.

New Kid on the Blog October 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM  

I was told this is one of the best in the island....

samyeap October 30, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

is this better than the one at air itam market during midnight?

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