What makes food taste good? There's more to good tasting food than great flavours. There's more than fresh, quality ingredients or faboulous recipes. Jin Dou (Golden City) Braised Duck Rice and Noodle 金都卤鸭饭鸭面 is arguably Queenstown's best hawker dish among the numerous stalls and restaurants. There's nothing much to criticize about the tender, juicy and flavourful braised duck offered at Commonwealth Avenue Cooked Food Centre.
The delicious plate of Duck Meat!
You can tell the popularity of 金都卤鸭饭鸭面 by the long queue, especially during the weekends. The soup of the braised duck noodle is flavourful with its slight herbal taste and the chilli is a perfect condiment for the duck rice or the braised duck. Some braised duck meat can be tough and chewy whereas others may taste "foul" because of insufficient marinating or "overcooking." The braised duck meat, dipped in herbal soy sauce, has a palatable mixed of herbs and freshness without being too salty.
The Popular Braised Duck Stall at Commonwealth Avenue Cooked Food Centre
Mr and Mrs Wang have served Margaret Drive residents for the past 30 years. Opened from 9.30am-5pm on weekdays and 9.30am-3pm on weekends, they prepared the tasty herbal soup themselves by mixing the different spices such as chives and garlic together. The braised duck sauce was re-boiled for several times so that the soup is consistent and the duck meat will be flavourful. When asked about the tender duck meat, she explained that experience is crucial in the preparation.
Mr Wang-the cook and owner
There are few stalls in Queenstown which makes our team eager to return for another serving. 金都卤鸭饭鸭面 is one of them. Besides the palatable meat which makes you feel like visiting "paradise," the familiarity and sincerity is another draw which makes us bewildered and regretful at the prospect of the owners retiring next February. Hopefully, hopefully....
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