KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Lot 10 Hutong is a veritable wonderland for the foodie. You’ll find the full range of local delights, as well as a smattering of other cuisines (such as Korean) at KL’s largest non-halal food court.
With two decades under his belt in the food industry, owner of Duckking – Jimmy (just Jimmy!) – pits his fare against some of KL’s best.
Is Jimmy truly the duck king, then?
The Roast Duck
Let’s cut to the chase: Yes!
Duckking will make a duck lover out of you if you aren’t already; and it will keep fans of the bird very, very happy.
The first thing that struck us was the bright red hue of the duck.
The assumption was that food colouring was the magical ingredient, but thankfully we were corrected. We had no qualms chowing down on this wonderfully juicy concoction after being told that an extremely old technique was employed to achieve the colour. The secret? Red vinegar and rose wine.
Flavour-wise, this is by far the best duck we’ve had in KL. Not being a huge fan of duck, this writer would go back to Hutong just for this speciality. It’s tender, juicy, and full of spices without the flavour of the duck actually being masked. This is a dish you won’t regret.
If you’re dining with friends, go ahead and order Half (RM45, USD10.73) or even a Whole (RM89, USD21.23) roasted duck, as it’ll be polished off in no time.
The duck is definitely the shining star of the menu, and that’s the only dish we would actively seek out at Duckking.
While the other dishes available are decent, they’re nothing to shout about. If you’re particularly passionate about any of them, give them a shot. But make sure it’s not at the expense of sidelining the star of the show.
Their Signature Stew Braised Tofu (RM4.50, USD1.07) is melt-in-your-mouth soft from the hours of braising, and full of herbal flavour.
Less herbal on the palate are the Signature Stew Braised Duck Wings (RM7.50). Coated in a slightly sticky glaze, the mild sweetness offsets the herbal taste that permeated the tofu.
The Honey Char Siew (RM21, USD5) and Siew Yoke (Roasted pork belly) (RM23, USD5.48) are decent but nothing spectacular. At these prices, we expected more. Unless you’re hankering for your fix, we’d give these a miss.
There are a number of options for pairing your dishes.
You could just order the Roasted Duck Drumstick Noodle (RM19, USD4.53), and have an excellent meal.
But we highly recommend a bowl (or two) of the Hainan Rice (RM2.50, USD0.60).
Here at The Binge, we have a particular affinity for chicken rice rice, and this flavourful bowl of fluffy, oily goodness has us by the heartstrings. Go on your cheat day so you can indulge, because the rice itself is worth it. And paired with that gorgeous roast duck? Your diet doesn’t stand a chance! After all, in the battle of four-lettered words, Food > Diet.
- The excellent duck
- The addictive Hainan rice
- Lunch hour as it tends to get crowded
- The chilli if you’re a fan of spice, because it’s not spicy at all
We were guests at Duckking for this review, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.