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JB Eat: Hao Bi (好比鸭王) Herbal Roasted Duck @ Taman Century (near KSL City)

Updated: 2 days ago

Very near to KSL City Mall but located in a secluded spot along Jalan Kancil in Taman Century, a gigantic roasted duck above a row of shops draws customers to Restoran Hao Bi (好比鸭王) for its ducky delicacies.

Hao Bi is known for its dang gui herbal roasted ducks (当归药材烧鸭). There are roasted ducks in other herbal flavours too. Apart from ducks, they have roasted suckling piglet, roasted pork, barbecue pork and roasted goose (subject to availability).

I have been to Hao Bi several times before the pandemic and specially made a trip to Johor Bahru after the border reopened to taste it again. I ordered a dang gui herbal roasted duck and roasted pork with rice set (RM10.60), added a bowl of lotus root soup (RM7.80) and a cold water-chestnut drink (RM4).

Before the meal was served, the friendly lady boss brought a small basin of hot water over to my table and advised me to wash the eating utensils. Then the water chestnut drink was served. The cooling drink was home-brewed with its ingredients visible at the bottom of the glass. The coldness was very welcoming on a hot day.

For just RM10.60, the serving of herbal roasted duck and roasted pork was reasonably large. The duck meat was juicy and tender and separated from the few bones easily. I liked the not-too-strong herbal taste. A strong herbal presence might make the duck meat bitter.

The roasted pork was crispy and did not have the "porky" smell that had stopped me from eating fatty pork for many years. It was only in the last 4 years that I began to appreciate roasted pork again — only if I was told beforehand that there was no "porky" smell.

The lotus root soup was not too salty and oily, a nice complement to the rice set. I finished the whole bowl.

I will be back again for more roasted ducks of other flavours.


Restoran Hao Bi (好比鸭王)

4, Jalan Kancil, Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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*Note: Restoran Hao Bi has another 4 branches in Johor.

Opening Hours:

9:30am to 8pm Daily

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