Friday, June 13, 2008

Duck King @ Jaya One

Duck King
8-G Block M, Jaya One
No.72-A Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7957 9819
Open daily 11.00am-10.30pm / Public Holidays & Sundays 9.00am-10.30pm

Last evening I had the honour of being invited to try out this new restaurant in the spanking new Jaya One by my dear friend, Z. She has been raving about the ducks and other dishes here ever since she discovered this place a few weeks ago.

We met up just before 6.30pm (considered early for a dinner) but then Z insisted that we must be early because the place fills up with people very fast. And boy, was she right! The restaurant had to turn away customers even before 7.30pm as people just went there by the droves. If you plan to dine here, I would advise you to book ahead or turn up very early.

The setup of the restaurant was plain but elegant, furnished in brown polished wooden furniture with tasteful chinese paintings on the wall. Nothing lavish but it exuded an air of simple oriental comfort.

I like their crockery...with their theme of simple elegance...



The captain took our orders quickly, after consultation with Z (she's the expert there, having dined in the place several times already!). The only dim-sum item served at night is their "Golden Sand Pau"...which we had as an appetizer! Z insisted we must try this and I seldom question her on such stuff, because...OMG...
...the paus were really excellent! The "golden sand" is actually a concoction of creamy milky custard which just oozed out like liquid heaven when you bite into it...
Z complained she had to "waste" the liquid heaven onto the plate (and not straight into her mouth) just because I had to take this picture...hehe, thank you la, dear Z!

Having had my taste of their first offering, I couldn't wait for the Star of the night - yeahh... their Golden Roast Duck! It certainly did not disappoint - it had everything essential for a smacking yummylicious roast duck! The skin was really really golden, crispy with a thin layer of fat underneath (very important for that "ooomph" factor for roast duck) and the tender meat was just oozing with flavourful juices.
Take a look for yourself...(or even several looks, haha!)

...and an even closer look here...
Z ordered the 2-Style Kailan...the leaves fried to a crisp & sprinkled with croutons of garlic & chopped chillies...the stems were lightly stir-fried in garlic...great stuff.

When dining with Z, it's compulsory to have a pork dish, ok (yes, must have!) ...the captain recommended their Fried Pork Ribs (gosh, I forgot its specific name! Z, if you can recall, please fill me in). Anyway, whatever its glamorous name was, it was excellente! The huge chunks of ribs were very meaty, very well marinated and then perfectly fried and served with a sprinkling of crispy bits of garlic, chillies, spring onions...
Z, the ever-gracious host, was afraid that we still had stomach spaces to fill...so she ordered this Fried Mee Suah for us to share. Mee suah is not an easy noodle to stir-fry as it's very delicate but Duck King did a great job with their version. It had slices of chinese mushrooms, squids, shrimps, plucked taugeh, slivers of red chillies and topped prettily with shredded omelette, a sprig of parsley and a shake of toasted sesame seeds. Absolutely fabulous. Gone in seconds.

We were actually very full after gorging ourselves on all of the above, but then Z wanted some desserts. The waitress recommended these:

Durian Pudding: Smooth custard pudding with very strong flavours of milk and durian and topped with some soft chewy sago...


Mango Pudding: The usual mango pudding but theirs was a bit frozen...again had the same sago topping...All in all, the food did not disappoint at all and we'll certainly be going back again to try their "day dishes" - dimsum, porridge, noodles etc - all highly recommended and urged by Z.

Thank you, Z - for a wonderful evening of good food and great company! I owe you one...and don't you dare fight with me on that!

9 comments:

Precious Pea said...

Yummy! I love their duck too. So tasty! I will go back for the lard rice since they ran out the night we went.

PureGlutton said...

Hi Pea...yeah, the lard rice seems to be a hot item there - saw many people ordering that! But somehow, i don't quite like lard (sounds very sinful leh...LOL) so I didn't order any.

reanaclaire said...

wei... i dont want to look into pureglutton again.. i cannot la... it is just too much... how can u do this to me??? awwwww... i will be dreaming of this tonite..i dont care.. u must take me one day otherwise i wont look into here again... hehehehehehe

New Kid on the Blog said...

the duck is so so so tempting. lurpsssss....

Tummythoz said...

Did I hear lard rice? With roast duck? Wow!

PureGlutton said...

Yeah, seems their Lard Rice is a popular item there! Look out for my review on Duck King - Part 2, coming up soon!

hiongkongkiok said...

Eh do a review on thai food here laa. Cum cum.. i bring u go Je Ngor. Femes for sliced kangkung. Kangkung also can be sliced.. thin thin like shreded carrot. And when bite ah.. crunch crunch.. song hau. Chau with garlic and cilli. Geng leh?

PureGlutton said...

Eh HKK, I want! But i never heard of sliced kangkung dish before! Make sure u bring me there wor!

les said...

Never eat in tis restaurant! I specifically ordered beforehand that morning & was charged a "Peking Duck" but was given a cold roasted duck skin, CURLY & SOFT not a single piece crispy. Damn! Meat so little lost in a huge plate of noodle, SERVED FIRST! I've to chase for the skin & the captain's reply was "wasn't WARM enough YET!" Since when on earth Peking Duck was served this way! Your guess is right, kena con!!! We asked if the prawns were fresh, the reply was guaranteed but the servings came in steamed stale & tasteless. The miserable bamboo fish was horrific; we've guests therefore shy away from making a scene. For the rest of the food your guess is as good as mine. Serve them right if they may close down sooner, as there seemed to have more "docs than patients" that weekend night and the previous disappointed visits some months back. Duck King is not like when they're new I recommended to friends and my usual "Tong sing pan". They don't deserve to be forgiven, not a chance. I paid nearly RM600 for that dinner (mind you no abalone nor shark's fins, just normal dishes)and the free roasted duck for the next visit shall expire 15DEC10. Feel like taking that free duck and stuff into the boss asshole. Whole bunch of hopeless con artists, shame to the food industry; help them close earlier. Happened in NOV10