Yu Kee Duck Rice has been around since 1961. Wow that is older than me! Moreover, they have a website. And also, 27 outlets in Singapore. Amazing, how did they do that.. Licensing or Franchise? Anyone has any idea?
Oh they manage to expand to so many outlets as they have a main kitchen. They claim on their website that their main kitchen prepares the ducks with a high quality control in ingredient choice and cookery skills. Anyway, enough about what they state on their website. Time to let the food do the talking.
Speciality Duck Rice $3.80
Well ordered their Speciality Duck Rice. Come to think of it, its quite funny normally you order from a duck stall, you will say duck rice, not speciality duck rice…
Lets start with the soup. It has a strong hint of herbal taste and is very salty.
Egg, bean curds, peanuts
The duck meat was tender but the sauce on it was too salty. If there was really any hint of herbs and spices being used to cook the duck, then I must say that the saltiness covered the other flavours. I am a crazy fan of herbs and am certain that there is no herbal flavour on the duck meat. I still prefer the duck from Soon Kee Duck Rice (ironically the stalls sound similar with the ‘kee’)
The stewed rice (as claimed in the website), stewed eggs, dried bean curd and peanuts were also very salty. As a result, I did not finish the meal. Maybe too much sauce was added into my duck rice, hence it was so salty. But this is a real disappointing meal considering the history of this outlet. Well, expanding always bring about its set of problems. But if your core competency/unique selling points that differentiate you from your competitors are compromised, then its not worth expanding. I will not be eating this again anytime soon. There are other ways to waste my calories.
Yu Kee Duck Rice
516 North Bridge Road
I believe not many people know of this place, maybe the older generation know more about this place. Dad always buy duck legs and wings from this place. On certain occasions, he would buy the whole duck from here. I have been here several times. During weekends 1030 am there is already a queue. Weekdays lunch are similar. This place is so ulu, out of the way, yet there is a queue. Mainly because it is cheap and nice.
The stall (side view)
Should have taken a front view of the stall. This was taken at 915am on a week day. They have not finished cooking all the ducks. so only hang the first few.
The eggs and cuttle fish are not from the stall. These are from home. You can request for the duck to be cut into half. We bought the whole duck which cost $35 if i remember correctly. During special occasions such as Chinese New Year Eve, alot of people will call early and reserve the ducks to be collected on CNY eve morning. Of cos the price of the duck is slightly more expensive during this period. And unless you call and order, I doubt you can buy the whole duck. i have been here on several occasions during CNY eve. The number of ducks they churn out from the kitchen is amazing!
The duck is soft and tender. And inside, its tasty, the smell/taste of the sauce has seeped in.
Duck Porridge $3.00
This duck porridge is good. When I go there buy duck during the morning, I will make sure I do not eat breakfast so that I have the excuse of buying duck porridge for breakfast. Chunks of duck meat. And yes they added some kind of preserved dried salted vegetable in it. It certainty added flavour into the porridge.
duck wing and duck leg (to accompany my porridge)
Duck wings and duck legs
My favourite is their duck legs, followed by wings. Its not easy to lay your hands on this during weekends as it get sold out very fast, or some one reserve them.
Soon Kee Duck Rice
Soon Kee Duck Rice
Upper Thomson Road
Along Thong Soon Road
Corner shop from the row of shop houses