Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice - No More Goose But Still the Same Long Queues
Tucked away at the corner of Tekka Centre is Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice. Tekka Centre is often known for its Indian street food (which we will cover in due course), as well as the famous 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles, which is ranked 8th in our Makanholic's Ranking of Rankings for the Best Prawn Noodles in Singapore. Nevertheless, Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice has been around for more than 60 years.
Heng Gi has its origins at Ah Heng Duck Rice by Uncle Yang. Uncle Yang started to braising duck and goose from his parents since young. Uncle Yang now runs a stall at Hong Lim called Ah Heng Duck Rice, while his initial team of disciples went to to set up Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice at Tekka Centre. Due to the ban on the sales of geese in Singapore, Heng Gi continued to retain its sign board but now only sells duck and duck parts.
The Secret is in the Sauce
We joined the queue to have our duck rice fix. A duck rice set for two persons cost $9, and comes with a plate of braised duck (see picture), two plates of rice and a bowl of soup. The duck was moist and tender. Now, as compared to chicken, duck meat is usually less tender, but Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice was able to braise the duck such that it was relatively more tender than most of the other braised ducks. But, the secret must be in the sauce. The sauce that accompanied the duck as well as the rice was fragrant and helped to enhance the flavour of the duck.
All Duck and No Goose
Due to the AVA restrictions, Heng Gi no longer sells geese meat. However, if you are looking to try something other than duck, you might want to consider their pig's head meat. Not something that's common in Singapore, the pig's head meat is slightly chewy and also goes well with their secret sauce.
Duck: Tender and moist, without the typical duck smell.
Rice: Simple rice, but delicious with their secret sauce.
Soup: Free bowl of soup that pairs with the duck and rice.
Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice
Located in: Tekka Centre
Address: 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665