Good duck – bad neck.

Street food is one of those things you find yourself very quickly getting addicted to! Once you get into the swing of things you find yourself ordering all kinds of local delicacies. This can be great and you can really experience some amazing food you wouldn’t try anywhere else! However, sometimes you can also end up finding yourself eating something you didn’t quite expect. On one occasion in Singapore this happened to us, and we ended up having a meal that was half delicious and half – lets just say it took some getting over!

We had arrived late into the city after a long delay at the Malaysian border and were very hungry. After checking into our hotel we had a quick look on trip advisor and found a recommended area. There we found a place selling duck in various guises, or smelled amazing so we hurried to find a table. We ordered a mixed plate of duck with greens, fried peanuts and noodles which came with a spicy soup.


The first taste was amazing, a sweet, spicy and sticky soy and clove marinade covered some juicy duck breast which literally melted in our mouths. The greens had a perfect crunch to them and the noodles had soaked in all of the fat as well as the marinade making them taste incredible and not in the least bit healthy! The peanuts were great adding a little salt to the sweetness of the dish.


Along with the duck breast there was a lot of duck meat that we didn’t recognise – it had a wildly different texture to anything else on the otherwise delicious plate. On enquiry it turns out it was neck! A rubbery, chewy, fatty and all together unpleasant taste! We both tried our best to find something pleasant to say about it but both came up short, the best we could do was to try to wash the taste down with as much of the amazing soup we had been served on the side. All in all the food was amazing, but we left having learned an important lesson – always try to be able to identify what you are eating before you taste it!

3 thoughts on “Good duck – bad neck.

  1. Neck is tame. Braised duck places in SG often also offer something called ‘kway chap’ which is mixed pig innards with tofu/peanuts etc in that same sauce, washed down with that same (but sheet form) noodles in broth. If you don’t do tripe at all, do make sure to specify when you order at meat-centric stalls, that you only want meat.

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