It’s time to add Kin Men Seng Heng to your list of halal finds in town.
The Amoy Street Food Center stall specializes in traditional Hokkien braised duck and officially obtained its halal certification on June 30.
Four peddlers, Ernest Tan Han Sheng, Habri Hammad Mohammad, Nur Muhammad Ismail and Jonathan Tan Li Jie, man the stand and what might surprise you is to discover how young these four men are.
Nur Muhammad is the oldest of the group at a tender age of 29 while the others are 27.
All previously worked in the hospitality industry, with most being former chefs and hospitality staff.
Kin Men Seng Heng was established by Jonathan’s grandfather, who was born in Taiwan and came to Singapore in 1944 in search of a better future.
In 1976, Jonathan’s grandfather created his own braised duck recipe and founded the company. Today, the legacy continues with Jonathan and his three business partners.
Kin Men Seng Heng’s menu is simple and hassle-free. An order of duck rice or noodles starts at $4 and you have the option of adding a braised egg, braised bean curd and a braised tofu puff.
If you’re really hungry, their braised ducks are also available à la carte.
Jonathan tells AsiaOne that Kin Men Seng Heng’s braised ducks aren’t exactly ordinary.
“Typically, braised duck found in Singapore is sweet, herbal and sticky. But for us, our sauces are savory and light, herbaceous, paired with our homemade chilli and pepper broth.”
He adds that customers “tend to come for the dry kway teow or the yellow noodles”, as was the case when his grandfather ran the stall.
When we ask them why they asked for halal certification, Jonathan gives us a very personal anecdote.
“A very good friend of mine is a Muslim. I remember when I was 16 I told her mother that my very first stall would be halal certified so she could eat the food I cook. Fast forward to ‘until today, we finally did this!’
Although Kin Men Seng Heng has been certified halal since the end of June, it was only announced last Sunday (July 10).
The response from the Muslim community has been overwhelming. Although Jonathan mentions how very welcome this is, even he didn’t expect it to be so immediate.
On their social media, netizens who have tried Kin Men Seng Heng’s braised duck have complimented its flavors.
For those who have just discovered the stand, they seem very excited to have a meal there.
On July 12, the stand posted an Instagram story around noon thanking customers for their support and announcing that they are sold out for the day.
So if you work in and around the Amoy Street Food Centre, you might need to step out of the office just before lunchtime to grab a bite of their braised duck!
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Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-133, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Monday to Friday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or while supplies last)