Great to see more local hawkers expanding and opening up eateries, in a way making their food more accessible to a different target group.
Sean Kee Duck Rice from Geylang Lorong 35 (sharing the same coffeeshop space as Sin Huat Eating House) has opened a eatery called Ya Lor at the air-conditioned basement 2 of Guoco Tower (previously better known as Tanjong Pagar Centre).
But do not confuse the “Ya Lor” with “YaLoh” Herbal Roast Duck at Golden Mile Food Centre.
Prices are kept quite affordable considering this is prime CBD area, serving up items such as Braised Duck Rice ($5.90), Braised Drumstick Duck Rice ($8.90), Braised Duck Noodles and Kway Teow ($5.90) and Braised Duck Porridge ($5.90).
Just a dollar or two more than Duck Rice sold in most food centres.
On a side note, I love it that they serve it in those red plates that add more character, rather than another generic-looking utensil.
The basic Braised Duck Rice ($5.90) contains a plate of duck rice with duck meat, bean sprouts, braised peanuts; though you can top-up with items such as bean sprouts, more peanuts, braised eggs, beancurd, and chilli fishcake.
If you like your rice with a lot of lor aka dark braised sauce, then you would probably enjoy this Ya Lor’s take which is slightly on the sweetish side and sufficiently coats up most of the grains.
The rice is cooked to the soggier side, which I really didn’t mind. Overall, more zhong kou wei or rich.
As for the duck meat, they were chopped up into thin slices and I wished for chunkier pieces, though there were considered tender and flavourful.
The soup seemed to have some salted vegetables added to whet that appetite.
Ya Lor is done in partnership with the owners behind nasi lemak chain Crave, so we should possible see more to come. Hope they can keep the quality and pricing consistent.
Guoco Tower #B2-32, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078881 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)