Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck – Traditional Recipe in Singapore!
By now, almost every Singaporean should know about Golden Mile Food Centre and the army of good food it markets (no pun intended). I cannot seem to put my finger on why the food here is so tasty. Perhaps the nation believes that we need to feed our defenders better before or after they shop for supplies on the second floor. In any case, the rest of the country isn’t complaining. Nestled in the basement, Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck is one of the best food options in the Army Market.
Nothing triggers my OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder) more than ordering a packet of duck rice and having the meat cut in different shapes and sizes. I love that their meats are uniformly cut — I don’t have to worry about which piece to eat first. I tend to save the thickest piece for last, to savour the final bit of goodness. … Just me? Okay.
The duck was doused with a braising sauce that had been boiled for a long time. The braising sauce is made according to a traditional recipe. The duck was incredibly tender, and would have been awesome on its own, but the braising sauce just made it even more delicious. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself ordering another plate of duck to go along with your unfinished rice.
This might shock you but I LOVE CORIANDER. I’d print that on a shirt and wear it if I could. Coriander makes everything more fragrant. Not overly “pungent” as some would describe it. The handful of coriander added just the right amount of fragrance to the bowl of soft kway. Of course, this could potentially be a hit or miss, depending on how big a fan of coriander you are.
Enough about the kway. What about the slightly viscous sauce? The chap will run smoothly down your throat, without any stickiness/gooey-ness. Ah Xiao sticks close to the traditional Teochew recipe.
Owner, Rui Hai, mentioned that their sauce is what makes their stall stand out.
Surprised? Ah Xiao’s owner is a young chap! (no pun intended x2). Rui Hai found the need to learn, retain, and safeguard the recipes, as his parents are retiring. “It would be a waste if we close down the shop,” he said.
Well, we are glad that Rui Hai has decided to carry on his family’s legacy. May Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck prosper under his wing and may our tummies forever be satisfied!
Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck
Address: 505 Beach Rd, #B1-53 Singapore 199583
Mobile: 9109 8026
Opening Hours: 9am to 330pm daily.
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