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REVIEW – XIN JIANG PEI PA DUCK RICE

>> Friday, November 21, 2008

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I was quite reluctant to post up this review as the experience there was not so pleasant. If not for the great taste of the Pei Pa Duck, I would have just ignored them. Anyway, it’s better for me to forewarn my readers rather than to let them endure the high pricing, bad taste quality of their other products. I was there on their second day of their night operation. While I was dining half way, the garden lightings went dark. Some short circuit I guessed but while dining there for barely 25 minutes, the whole café went dark. Worst still, twice. I hope they did not employ cheap electricians to handle their wiring as it might be quite risky for the patrons there. Well, this might just be a coincident while I was there.

This was not a big issue for me. The main problem lied on the water quality of that area. The water tasted just like chlorine. Although the drink maker did solve this problem, the duck rice hawker did not. The rice tasted horrid. The taste of chlorine was overpowering for me to finish it. I did inform the boss about that and I hope he would take heed on my complaint before he loses more customers. Anyway, before I knew about the problem, I ordered a quarter of a Pei Pa Duck, a mixed platter of Char Siew, Roasted Pork, Chinese Sausage and Roasted Chicken. It came with a complimentary bowl of Chop Suey. All for RM24 which I considered quite high price for the small portion served for 3 persons.

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The Pei Pa Duck was tasty. I ordered just a quarter to try out and I was lucky enough to have the drumstick. The meat was tender and without the strong taste of duck scent. The skin was fried to perfection and maintained its crispiness. The sauce which came with the duck was tasty and combined real well with the duck meat. Although this is not the best in Penang, it still deserved some mentions.

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The mixed platter itself was a disaster. The roasted chicken was so bland. Even the roasted skin has no flavor on it. The Char Siew was also terrible. It was dry and tasteless as if it was left there for quite a long period of time. The roasted pork was also dry. The skin was so badly roasted that you would need a hammer to break it apart. Worst still, their utensils were so soft that you can perform some magical bending with them. The Chinese sausage had the best taste amongst all but the boss must make more improvement on the dish as it was still a bit too dry.

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I can’t comment much on the complimentary Chop Suey as it was given free but I also hope the boss would make some adjustments to the taste. There was only the thick sour taste of Assam juice and nothing else. The soup lacked of the taste of spices such as dried chillies, ginger and lemongrass.

If you are coming from Bukit Jambul Complex towards the Penang International Airport along Jalan Tun Dr Awang, you will come to a “Y” junction. PISA Stadium is on your left, Public Bank is on your right. Turn right into Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim which will lead you to Sg. Ara district. You will pass 3 traffic lights. Drive on until see S.M.K. Sg. Ara on your left. Keep to your right and you would see another traffic light not far away. Turn right into Jalan Kenari. You will see a sign there stating Desa Ria. Drive on and turn left into the first junction (Tingkat Kenari). Drive on and you would see the café not far away on your right. This place will also serve dim sum (Tien Tien Lye Dim Sum) from 5.00am until noon.

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Name: PEI PA DUCK RICE @ XIN JIANG CAFE
Address:
14A, Lengkuk Kenari, Desa Ria Sungai Ara
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 12.00am
Contact: 016-450 3406
GPS: 5.318031, 100.266983

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: 6/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 7/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

11 comments:

Allie November 21, 2008 at 5:13 PM  

The pei pa duck skin looks so crispy .. but too bad the other things turned out disaster.

Steven Goh November 21, 2008 at 8:39 PM  

wah 6/10 on the taste, you are consider generous dee. If for me I will sure give them under 5. Btw, how come the duck got chlorine taste? Shouldn't they using the same tap water as the water maker? I think they are not paying their electric bill instead of getting cheap electrician. LOL

Food Paradise November 21, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

Luckily that I did not went there yet. lol and thanks for sharing us your incident there. My gal and I saw the banner the other day on the day of opening. :P

CRIZ LAI November 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM  

Allie: The Pei Pa Duck not bad but still not the best around :P

Steven: That's because of the duck, or else it would be 4/10 only :P

Food Paradise: I just saved a soul! Haha.. Anyway, should not be any problem if you takeaway. :)

ling239 November 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

maybe shd just tapao the duck back home for dinner...:p

rebeccalee November 22, 2008 at 1:04 AM  

You should try the duck at Lorong Susu (opposite the Umno building on Macalister Rd). They are much better on taste but heavy on the price.

550ml jar of faith November 22, 2008 at 9:32 AM  

What a shame! Hopefully the owner reads your post and rectifies it. Chlorine laced meal... surely that's illegal!?

gill gill November 22, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

RM24 consider expensive? Then the one newly opened in huttun lane (near to equator academy) name Fu Wang Roast duck should claimed as extramely over price. They charged us RM20.40 for just small plate of duck,char siew, rice n noodle each, with 2 drinks only. RM10.20 per pax...Damn

cariso November 23, 2008 at 1:26 AM  

Criz, this stall has just been moved to this Xin Jiang food court about 1 wk +. (This food court has just been started operating 'again'). I think the chlorine issue won't appear if it chose to stay at the original kopitiam (Cafe 22) near the junction.

Nilmandra November 23, 2008 at 2:23 AM  

The taste of chlorine?? How strange! At least you let the boss know. Hopefully he'll take some steps to improve.

cariso November 23, 2008 at 8:56 PM  

FYI, last week the water pipe was burst and was fixed by then. Until today our area here still can taste chroline in our drinking water. :(

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