Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bayswater roast duck comes to Malaysia

I remember eating at the Four-Seasons restaurant in London Bayswater many years ago. The reason it remained in my memory was because of what the waiter told us when we wanted to order a dish - "Don't bother ordering this. You won't like it - they are for kwai lor (鬼佬 - mat sallehs)." We settled for a simple meal of roast duck, char siew (叉烧) and siu yuk (燒肉). I particularly enjoyed the roast duck. It was duck roasted by bona fide Hongkong chefs and was a class above what we had in Malaysia. This same roast duck is now available here.

To get a taste of this famous roast meat without going all the way to London, get yourself to the Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya. On the ground floor, walk into the Jaya Grocers and immediately turn left.

The Four-Seasons London BBQ place is tucked in a corner of the Jaya Grocers.

The place is simple and small. Not at all like the parent restaurant in London. It has a small counter where you order your food. The people who attend to you hardly speaks Chinese.

The menu is on the wall.

You make your selection and they give you a number. You then find a table in a very modest dining area where you sit on stools and benches. The food is delivered to your table.

Their signature is of course the roast duck. You will probably agree with me - it is roast duck extraordinaire. The texture is great. The meat is soft, smooth, succulent and aromatic. It is one roast duck you probably won't find elsewhere in KL, PJ and Subang Jaya. And you will most definitely enjoy it.

You probably will want to try their char siew (叉烧) and siu yuk (燒肉) too. These BBQ pork are not exceptional. Still you will probably relish them as I did.

They also offer other dishes. Like this claypot pork with brinjal which is very nice and delicious.

Or this steamed minced pork with salted fish (猪肉). A delightful dish that is so aromatic. It goes very well with steamed rice.

If you do not want rice, you could opt for their noodles.

And you must of course get a plate of vegetable to mellow down the heavy meat stuffs.

And a nice hot bowl of soup to soothe them down. 

While you are there, try their teh tarik. Only they don't call it teh tarik. It is known as milk tea (奶茶). It is very creamy and good.

My visits to the Subang Jaya Four-Seasons had been very pleasant and satisfying. They were simple unpretentious dining. The food was good and London came to me.  If you make your way there, I think you will agree with me.

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