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Hup Seng Duck Rice (合成鸭饭): Fork-Tender Braised Duck + Salted Veg Duck Soup In Sin Ming

Last Updated: February 19, 2019

Written by Lee Wei Yang

Ever since my parents first brought me to Hup Seng Duck Rice (合成鸭饭) in Sin Ming, I’ve wanted to return for a meal.

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Tucked away in a coffee shop under a block of flats, this stall specialises in serving up plates of Braised Duck Rice (S$3.50).

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During lunch hour, the long queue in front of the stall is a common sight. Residents and workers in the area all flock to Hup Seng  for a hearty plate of duck rice. On weekends, the stall tends to close even earlier, as they sell out incredibly fast!

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The owner is currently in his 70s, and he has more than 35 years of cooking experience. He still helps out at the stall occasionally, though I wasn’t able to catch him when I was there.

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I noticed that almost every customer before me was requesting for an extra portion of duck. I thought this must mean that the meat was as amazing as I remembered, so I was all the more eager to dig into a plate of duck rice.

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Served on a separate plate instead of on top of the rice, Hup Seng drenches the meat in a pool of dark sauce. Each slice glistened tantalisingly with sauce, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into a piece.

Braised whole for 30-40 minutes, the duck retained its juicy flavour. I was glad to discover that the meat was as tender as I remembered it to be.

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I also ordered a serving of Braised Meat (S$1 per portion), a must-try at most duck rice or roast meat stalls.

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Unfortunately, the lor bak (braised meat) fell short of my expectations. Unlike the duck, it wasn’t very tender even though Hup Seng braises it as well.

It was a little too chewy for my liking, making the fat a little too overwhelming. Hopefully, it’s a one-off issue and not a recurring problem.

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To me, a typical plate of duck rice should always come with yam rice. However, Hup Seng serves their duck with a bowl of white rice instead.

Luckily, they drizzle a generous amount of dark sauce that’s also used for the duck, and it certainly makes a difference. They weren’t very willing to reveal the herbs that they use, so there goes my plan for recreating this recipe at home.

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Along with their Braised Duck Rice, Hup Seng also serves a fantastic Salted Veg Duck Soup (S$6).

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They chop up an entire duck and simmer it with other ingredients in a steam cabinet for at least four hours. Served straight from the steamer, the kiam chye ark came in a steel bowl with a heap of mustard greens.

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The highlight of the dish was a huge piece of duck. Since they simmered the duck for so long, I expected it to be fall-off-the-bone tender.

Indeed, the meat was so tender that I could tear the meat off its bone just with my fork. Soft and lean, the duck absorbed all the flavours from the soup.

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I loved the extremely prominent and lip-puckering taste of the pickled plums. Combined with a peppery base, the soup really hits the spot and I found myself going back for more.

Even though the bowl of soup costs more than the plate of duck rice, it’s a must-try.


I really enjoyed my meal at Hup Seng Duck Rice, and the fork-tender braised duck brought back fond memories of dining here with my parents. I’d give the lor bak a miss though, as it was a little too chewy.

If you’re a fan of duck rice, make sure to wake up early to give Hup Seng Duck Rice a try. They close for the day as soon as they sell out, so channel your inner kiasu-ness and start queuing!

Expected Damage: S$3.50 – S$8 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Hup Seng Duck Rice 合成鸭饭

Block 22 Sin Ming Road, #01-258, Singapore 570022

Price
Our Rating 4/5

Hup Seng Duck Rice 合成鸭饭

Block 22 Sin Ming Road, #01-258, Singapore 570022

Operating Hours: 9am - 2.30pm (Mon - Wed & Fri), 9am - 1.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Thu

Operating Hours: 9am - 2.30pm (Mon - Wed & Fri), 9am - 1.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Thu

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