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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pudu's Roast Goose @ Chen Chen BBQ

Pudu is famous for its roasted meats. All the non-halal stuff (read : porkylicious), and the rather elusive roasted goose. It's rather tough finding a good roast duck stall, let alone one which sells roast goose. Unless you're willing to travel all the way to HK, but that's another story ....


A simple stall with shades at the corner of a row of shoplots/houses
It was surprisingly, my virginal visit to that area in Pudu. Situated within the vicinity of Chin Woo Chinese school, and a stone's throw from Times Square and Pudu LRT station (or at least it's rather near to me .... I was not the one driving =P), the stall is right by the side of Jalan Seladang, with the signboard (pic above) jutting out onto the street for good measure.
Of course, comfort comes second if you're eating at Chen Chen. Comes rain or shine, the shelter under the roof housing a few tables (roughly 10, at most) is your only sanctuary for a bite of their famed Golden Roasted Goose. But rest assured the service's prompt and warm.
Gather round with colleagues, friends or family and have a feast here
The owner of the stall, all decked in white is helped by his wife, and a few 'international' staff running the errands and serving as waiters.
The sauces for dipping - A thicker and black plum/hoi sin sauce (or was it?) and the sweet/sour sauce with raw spring onions (background)

A platter of guilt

We had the Char Siew (Caramelized BBQ pork), Siew Yoke (Roasted Pork) and a Roasted Goose Drumstick. Served with the brightly yellow turmeric rice which was slightly bland, compared to the usual chicken oil rice, and a complimentary bowl of soup of the day (it was radish, if I'm not mistaken. See my amnesiac attack at full force .... ).
I've a shot of the rice somewhere ..... but again, it's escaping me. =P

An XL-sized drumstick of the goose ... @ RM18

They sell a goose at RM110, and half a goose at RM55. Of course, ordering half a goose is silly unless you go in an entourage of four or more. Hence, the drumstick. The skin was roasted to perfection, though not crispy at all, and the sweet & gamey flavour of the goose was not revolting. But resembling the taste of a duck, uncannily.
He roasts his geese with such TLC, the colour, browning of the skin, and texture was almost perfect. But I expected much more than this, as I've not had any goose meat for aeons. And I missed HK's Yung Kee. Sigh ....

Crispy, and FAT Siew Yoke
Not too worry, if spending an arm and a leg for a goose does not sound feasible, opt for the other cuts. Like their crispy and tender Siew Yoke. One of the better ones I've tried, though I've not discovered the REAL thing at Wong Kee in Pudu, attested by the other floggers.
The Char Siew was OK, not outstanding, but obviously better than most served with wantan mee, and the reddish-parametered ones commonly found in any chicken rice stall. At least at Chen Chen's, the Char Siew is caramelized well, drizzled with their own concoction of sauce, but rather tough due to the lean meat served. Should've asked for EXTRA fatty ones .....

The EXTRA sour Chinese Mustard (Kai Choy) ... a common staple found in chicken rice stalls

There was also a shot of the rice, and the soup. Now I'm confused. Maybe the after-effect of the LONG holidays. TGIF .... tomorrow. ;)
Location : Chen Chen BBQ is at Jalan Seladang, Off Lorong Yap Hin, Kuala Lumpur
(Tel: 012-233 3083. Open: 9am-6pm. Non-halal).
Got MAP !!!

23 comments:

Selba said...

Aiyaaa... me can not tahan lah... to see that crispy fat siew yoke and char siew!!! so mouth watering! hahaha....

jason said...

Tastes like duck huh?

Precious Pea said...

Aiyoooo...32 minutes till lunch time.....am droolling over the roasted meat. I want i want i want i want i want!!!!

J2Kfm said...

Selba : haha ... you like them too? do they have them over in Indo?

jason : erm, not much diff to me.

Precious Pea : hahaha ... go go go ... but the jam there during lunch hour's rather horrible, my fren say.

Selba said...

*nods*

Yes.. but I bet the ones in Malaysia tasted better!!! :D

*Still slurping*

Tummythoz said...

4 of us did order half goose. Yummy! And the service was A++!

cariso said...

Wah....XL size. Yummy!

J2Kfm said...

Selba : haha, then do come here and give it a try the next visit.

Tummythoz : agreed the service was darn good. very attentive and fast.

cariso : yummy indeed. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah i think i 1 person can sapu half a goose if my wallet and tight pants do not stop me..

CRIZ LAI said...

Sounds like a great place to dine. I would normally go for other cuts rather than goose/duck as too much would not be good for the body due to the acidity in the meat.

http://crizfood.com/

J2Kfm said...

Joe : hahaha .... half a goose at one go? better prepare some statins at hand!

Criz Lai : lots ppl, esp the elderly believe goose is very 'toxin' against the body. even worse than duck. I cant be sure ... but once in a blue moon treat, nvm gua ...

genuiness said...

1) Half a goose is nothing - me and my big belly can whallop it in one sitting... with 3 bowls of rice. :D Hmmm maybe 4...

2) The problem that we cant get good roast goose/ duck is that we get frozen poultry imported in. I'm very anti frozen food as it changes the taste, texture and actual flavour of food. All my meat/fish/veg is kept in the fridge not in the freezer. Only exception maybe is frozen peas.

genuiness said...

since i'm so free I'll throw in a few more 2 cents.

1) Reading the star review he uses a different technique/ recipe to the one in Yung kee - here he soaks the duck in marinade for 24 hours which is a technique the french use when cooking their meat as it keeps it succulent and evenly seasoned throughout.

2) At yung kee, instead, they focus on achieving a crisp skin by lacquering (the goose skin is tightened up by bathing it quickly in hot marinade), air drying and then roasting it. If you get the right breed of goose, it will contain enough fat that you dont have to premarinade it to get a succulent finish.

3) also noted in the star interview they refer to Goose as Game. =.= Rolls eyes. they might as well call beef, pork and chicken game. (Game = animal you should/trap for food)

4) I'm roasting goose for Xmas this yr :D (This is actually more traditional in england than turkey)

5) Did you know Goose has the most fat of all poultry birds? Yet goose fat is actually healthier than olive oil. ;) A study they did in the area in france where goose is eaten a lot shows lower incidence of Heart attacks!

so moral of the story is... eat more goose!

Nic (KHKL) said...

i lurve kai choy! especially with all the heads and tails thrown into it! extra flava! haha!

chin woo school ar? near pudu lrt station, right? hmmm, must check d...

Life for Beginners said...

Wah, genuiness's comment is so educational and I got to agree with the final line: Eat more goose! LOL

CUMI & CIKI said...

tis been too long since i last had goosy goosy gander!

CUMI & CIKI said...

tis been too long since i last had goosy goosy gander!

CUMI & CIKI said...

tis been too long since i last had goosy goosy gander!

worldwindows said...

Getting the goose from mobile roadside Daihatsu pick-up is the easiest fix but nothing compared to the real thing in Pudu.

J2Kfm said...

genuiness : wow. I can really trust you on food eh? :) such detailed description.
half goose with 4bowls of rice?!!!! wah ...
goose fat really healthy?!!! =)

Nic (KHKL) : yeah, mostly I'll pick Kai Choy when going to economy rice stalls. it's directly oppo Chin Woo school.

Life for Beginners : yeah! if only they're cheaper like ducks.

Cumi n Ciki : wah. triple comments. guess it REALLY has been THAT long ...

worldwindows : there is a pick up selling those?! cool!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Siew yoke looks good...and I agree with joe. If my wallet was fatter, I would sapu half the goose too! :D

J2Kfm said...

if mine was fatter, Bangsar-babe, I'll go for HK's Yung Kee's. :)
still feeling the pinch.

Alex Yap said...

J2Kfm

Beware of roast goose seller in pudu. There was once, my aunt bought a whole goose from the stall, and guess what?

the seller, put on a goose head on the duck body and sell to my aunt. Bloody hell, my aunt brought back and eat, aik, why taste so different wan.

Hell, my aunt famous for her ferocious behaviour go back to the stall and make a havoc scene there.

Jezz, so beware.

But I have to agree with you that the roast goose at Pudu is BEST.