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Chong Say Kee, Bercham

Chong Say Kee, Bercham

Chong Say Kee in Bercham, Ipoh is known for its roast duck, char siew and siew yuk – a recommendation by an Ipoh local. Since Jien and I were in midst of exploring for new food options in Ipoh, we gave this a try.

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Unassuming facade

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The two shy ladies in red and white

The restaurant isn’t overly crowded but while I was there, I noticed most people do takeaways. We were told to order the roast duck and char siew, said to be good at Chong Say Kee. I opted to add on a portion of siew yuk for good measures.

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Roast ducks on display

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The two ladies manning the roast meats station were very camera shy and didn’t want their photos to be taken or published on the internet. So I focused on the meats instead – half a roast duck, a portion of char siew and a portion of siew yuk for the three of us. Truth be told, I found the roast duck just alright – while the skin was crisp enough, it didn’t have enough flavour. Same goes for the duck meat, which tasted better when dipped into chilli sauce.

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Half a roast duck

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The roast garlic bits were yummy

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Char siew & siew yuk

The char siew fared better where the sides were lightly charred and caramelised from the process of cooking. The folks at Chong Say Kee cook their meats in a large charcoal oven and I reckon this imparts more flavour and aroma to the roast meats.

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I found the siew yuk pretty average

Like the roast duck, I found the siew yuk just alright – crispy top with a good ratio of meat and fat beneath. That said, the meat lacked flavour and the fats weren’t cooked enough to render flavour to the meat. It felt “chunky” to me.

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Choy Keok (spicy sour vegetable stew)

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Expect to pay between RM15-20 per head depending on how much you order

We did enjoy the spicy sour vegetable stew (choy keok), which was thick with a good balance of spicy and sour. We ordered a second bowl because portion for this was small. Note that the choy keok only comes in this portion so if you want a larger bowl, they would ask you to order two bowls instead. I can’t remember the exact amount of our bill but it was between the price range of RM15-20 per head.

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Freshly roasted char siew

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Roast station

While this was a local’s recommendation, I wasn’t impressed. What impressed me more was the seafood noodles in Chemor. That is worth going back over and over again. 🙂

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Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: The roast duck was nothing to shout about but the char siew and choy keok were quite decent.

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Chong Say Kee
10, Persiaran Medan Bercham 6,
Taman Bercham Baru,
31400 Ipoh.
Business hours: 10am till 2pm

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