Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck, Toa Payoh: S$4 roasted duck rice, a heartland favourite since 1988

Those staying in the Toa Payoh estate will be familiar with Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck, a Cantonese roast meat stall that has been operating since 1988.

In fact, over the years, Hua Fong Kee has set up three stalls in the Toa Payoh estate: one at Block 116 Toa Payoh Lorong 2, another at Block 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, and the last one at Block 51 Toa Payoh Lorong 5 (which has since closed).

Photo of storefront

I visited its stall at Block 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 for lunch on a weekday and wasn’t surprised to see an endless snaking long queue of customers at its gleaming storefront. The never-ending queue even persisted throughout my meal!

What I tried

Photo of duck rice

The first thing that I got was Hua Fong Kee’s Roasted Duck Rice (S$4) and asked for an additional Egg for S$0.60.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was how the entire plate of Roasted Duck Rice was doused in a shiny dark braised sauce, making me want to dig in almost immediately. It also came with chilli on the side.

Photo of duck rice

A plate of Roasted Duck Rice doesn’t get as classic as this. The duck meat was tender and juicy, but the winning factor has got to be the duck skin. It was addictively fatty and gelatinous, and I could also taste a slight roastedness to it. Each mouthful of duck rice was topped with the braised sauce, which was mildly sweet but savoury and full of umami.

This was something I would gladly eat everyday. Toa Payoh heartlanders, count yourself lucky.

Close up of chilli

I’m the kind of person who asks for extra chilli whenever I order chicken or duck rice, and Hua Fong Kee’s chilli certainly didn’t disappoint. It was bright and citrusy, and the spice only kicked in towards the end of each bite, leaving me scrambling for my cup of teh peng

Admittedly, the Roasted Duck Rice was packed with so much smoky and savoury flavours that I didn’t find a need for the chilli, which would’ve been better suited to accompany a plate of white chicken rice instead.

Photo of roasted meat noodles

I also got a bowl of Char Siew Roasted Meat Noodle (S$5.50), which came with springy egg noodles, roasted char siew and roasted pork.

Photo of mixing noodles

I was a little sceptical about this bowl of noodles as it looked a little dry to begin with, but I was proved wrong the minute my dining companion started mixing it all up.

There was plenty of dark sauce at the bottom of the bowl, which coated the thin egg noodles evenly.

Close up of char siew

Despite being cut rather thinly, the char siew slices still retained a springy bite. 

I liked that I could still taste the sweet honey glaze, but I would’ve loved it if the roasted smokiness was more pronounced.

Close up of roasted pork

The roasted pork, or siobak, was a little disappointing. Though I could still taste the remnants of the five spice on the crackling skin, I wished it would’ve been crispier. 

Plus, the pork itself was a little dry, and I ended up dousing the siobak in the noodle’s sauce.

Close up of noodles

Despite the roasted pork and char siew falling short, the egg noodles saved the day. 

Springy and silky, each strand was well coated in the dark soy sauce and I slurped up the noodles eagerly. This reminded me of Malaysian-style wanton mee, which would often come in a similar black sauce.

Photo of soup

To round off the meal, I got Hua Fong Kee’s Dumpling Soup (S$4).

Photo of dumpling

For just S$4, I spotted around five large dumplings. Pretty worth it if you ask me, considering that the dumplings themselves were decently sized.

Close up of dumpling

The dumplings were generously stuffed with minced meat and shrimp, making each bite incredibly springy and crunchy. I loved how the minced meat was also well-seasoned and I could taste the brightness of the white pepper.

Close up of soup

The soup itself was warm and smoothing, with a pleasant and light base that had hints of soybean and fish stock. This was something I would definitely order on a rainy day because of how comforting and simple it was.

Final thoughts

Photo of duck rice, dumpling soup and noodles

If I lived in Toa Payoh, I’d probably order from Hua Fong Kee every other week. Its roasted meat selection is decent, affordably priced and executed well, albeit not fantastic enough for me to travel all the way from the East for.

While I really enjoyed Hua Fong Kee’s Roasted Duck Rice because of the juicy duck meat, I couldn’t help but wonder if it would’ve been even better paired with the noodles instead. Perhaps I’ll try that— the next time I’m in the Toa Payoh area, that is.

Expected damage: S$4 – S$8 per pax

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Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck

128 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310128

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Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck

128 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310128

Telephone: +65 6253 2884
Operating Hours: 8am - 8pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 6253 2884

Operating Hours: 8am - 8pm (Daily)
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