Taika Huat Braised Duck 八哩半大家发鸭肉 is popular with Johoreans and also visitors from Singapore.
Taika Huat Braised Duck stall is in a zinc roof structure under the cooling shade of four large leafy trees.
Many families are here on this sunny Monday morning. Taika Huat is along a back road just 5 minutes drive to Sutera Mall (a popular shopping centre in JB). Just set your GPS and you will find your way here easily.
Taika Huat was founded by Mr Quek's father in 1973. At that time, the township of Taman Ungku Tun Aminah was still undeveloped. On this winding back road, old Mr Quek dug this well and planted five trees while starting his braised duck stall. The present owner, the younger Mr Quek was then a nine year old child. Mr. Quek had been working at the shop since.
Through the last 40 plus years, the trees are now giants and Taika Huat have built up a large loyal following for their traditional Teochew style braised duck and pork. The well is still in use - though not for drinking now. Mr Quek dubbed it the "Well of Fortune 發財井" - it's a reminder of where the source of good fortune came from - 飲水思源.
Now Mr Quek's son 宇航, the third generation of Taika Huat is at the shop.
宇航 has excellent knife skills 刀功, he cuts the duck fast and very thinly.
Taika Huat's braised duck is tender and still have a little chew to the bite. Splashed with braising stock, the slices of duck meat tastes mildly savoury herbal. There is no duck gaminess at all (though I personally like a little bit of it).
Besides the staple braised duck, my favourites at Taika Huat are their braised pork trotter 😋 and duck tongue 😛
The pork trotter is braised, steamed, then splashed with sauce before serving.
The pork trotter is cut into bite size pieces of skin, fat, tendon and meat. The meat and fat are tender and juicy while the skin has a bouncy spring. There is also a nice gumminess from the dissolved collagen. The flavour is savoury sweet with very slight herbal and spicy notes. There is also an underlying light porky taste which I like. The dish is aromatic and flavoursome. The pork trotter is a top seller at Taika Huat.
Not as popular, but I will always order the duck tongues when I visit Taika Huat. The boss told me that they also have duck wings and duck tails (what is that? 😱).
I like the combination of tender lean meat, skin, cartilage and soft gelatinous tissue from the duck's tongue and chin 😃
4-Star (out of 5). Taika Huat is one of JB's braised duck institutions with a bonus of braised pork trotter signature dish. Another draw is the charming experience of eating under the cool shade of grand old trees.
Restaurant name: 八里半大家发鸭肉 Kedai Masakan Itik Taika Huat
Address: Jalan Kilang Nenas (Jalan Skudai Batu 8½ near Lee Pineapple Factory and SJK Kuo Kuang school), Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°31'25.4"N 103°40'20.6"E 1.523723, 103.672400
Tel: +6017-763 2188 林秋燕
Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm (closed on first day of every lunar month)
Date visited: 2 Feb 2012, 30 Jan 2014, 30 Mar 2014, July 2014, 19 Dec 2016
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