For those of us who often bookmark Halal food places to try with our Muslim friends, this stall is a place you do not want to miss.
And it is not that common to find a Halal-stall dedicated to serving Hokkien-style Braised Duck rice and noodles.
Therefore, Kin Men Seng Heng Halal Hokkien Braised Duck at Level 2 of Amoy Street Food Centre Hawker Guide does attract quite a queue during lunch hours.
What customers get now is based on one of the co-owner’s Taiwanese grandfather recipe, with slight modifications to suit Halal-processes.
Grandpa Koh came to Singapore from Kinmen in Taiwan and created his own duck recipe and business in 1976, and that stall – Seng Heng Braised Duck Noodles continues to be popular at Redhill Food Centre, usually sold out by early mornings.
Fun fact: the name Seng Heng came from ‘seng gong’ which means success and ‘heng heng’ that means lucky.
‘Kin Men’ was added to this stall in honor of the grandfather’s birth place, Kin Men Island in Taiwan.
The menu includes Duck Noodles or Rice ($4, $6), while customers can also add meat (+$2), upgrade to duck-stick (+$2.50) and add other sides such as braised egg.
A quarter duck is at $14, half duck at $25, and an entire duck at $48.
As for the difference between the $4 and $6 versions, the $6 bowl includes toppings of braised tofu puff tau pok, braised beancurd tau kwa and braised egg.
Some customers may prefer Braised Duck Noodles drenched in a richer, heavy somewhat sticky sauce, so this may look different from that and may be surprised that it looks ‘plain’.
Rest assured it is not. The braised duck still retains that Hokkien-style authentic taste and flavour, with just the right blend of spices.
Freshly braised every day, the meat while slightly on the lean side with a bit of gaminess, still had tender texture.
The chilli really spikes up the taste of noodles and compliments the whole dish quite well.
Talking about chilli, you would notice two styles of chillies – one to be mixed with the noodles, the other that is darker and spicier that is recommended as a dip.
I can recommend you trying some mixed into the noodles that shiok-ness and kick.
As for the soup, it had the essence of the duck bones and some herbals which gave it added richness and aroma. I would be quite keen to try the soup version next time.
Kin Men Seng Heng Halal Hokkien Braised Duck
Amoy Street Food Centre #02-133, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 9am – 2pm (Mon – Fri, Sun), Closed Sat
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