One of the best-known stalls serving Teochew-style braised duck is Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice, operating for more than 60 years.
It is one of the former Wayang Street hawkers which opened in Hill Street Food Centre before moving to Tekka Centre.
Tekka Centre is originally named Zhujiao, this hawker place in Little India was renamed “Tekka” to make it easier for non-Chinese locals to pronounce it.
As a key food landmark in the district, it offers plenty of Indian fare to locals and tourists alike. The food centre is located a 3-minute walk away from the MRT Little India station.
If you find the taste rather similar to Ah Heng Duck Rice at Hong Lim Food Centre), that is because both are helmed by “disciples” of the original owner Uncle Yang.
Both Duck Rice stalls are listed in the Singapore Michelin Guide with a Michelin Plate.
The stall sells traditional Teochew-style braised duck (meat, wings, feet) offal, pork belly, pig ears, pig head meat, tau kwa, and egg.
There is usually a queue during lunch time. It is not uncommon that they run out of duck before they close for the day, so come early.
While there is a “goose” in its stall name, geese are no longer available due to the restrictions imposed by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).
If you are dining solo, go for the Duck Rice for 1 person ($3.50), which comes with a plate of duck meat, a bowl of steamed white rice drizzled with the braising sauce, and a bowl of herbal-flavoured soup.
The duck meat is lightly braised yet flavourful, tender and not too fat.
But what stands out is the fragrant herbal dark soy-based lor (braising sauce), thin in consistency but well-balanced in flavour.
Some may find it slightly on the salty side, so I would recommend mixing the lor with rice.
Other than the comforting herbal soup, I really enjoyed the vinegar-based chili with garlic which balanced the richness of the dish, and will make you want to eat more rice.
For bigger appetites, go for the upgraded dishes with more ingredients ($5.00 up).
Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice
Tekka Market and Food Centre #01-335, 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
Tel: +65 6396 0969
Opening Hours: 8am – 3pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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