UPDATE (December 3, 2019): The Fat Duck has moved from Udom Suk Walk to a new location on Rama 4 at the Suan Plern Market. They’re still serving the items reviewed in this article. Their Google Map location is now: https://goo.gl/maps/7CThvQiWJbmf3tAZA. This article will be updated with new pictures once I visit the new location…a visit I look forward to!
Roasted duck, crispy pork, chicken and rice…these are a few of my favorite things. Fortunately they are easy to find in Bangkok. These are also dishes that are done very well in Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. A friend who is very particular about such Singapore/Malay dishes recommended that I check out a new food stall that opened at the Udom Suk Walk called The Fat Duck เป็ดอ้วน (official Facebook page). I’m so glad I listened.
The honey roasted duck, bamboo steamed chicken, and red cha siew (BBQ Pork) were juicy and succulent. While the siew yok (crispy roasted pork belly) had the perfect ratio of meat/fat and a light/puffy crispy skin. What amazed me was that with jasmine rice, and homemade sauces, each meat dish was incredibly priced at only 50 baht!
With prices like that why not try them all, right? My stomach’s just not that big, though. But I did manage to get 4 separate dishes which is a pretty fair sampling of their menu selection. Let me show you!
There’s plenty of duck, chicken, and pork options on the menu. But for this sampling I chose the honey roasted duck, the bamboo steamed chicken, the red cha siew (BBQ Pork), and the siew yok (crispy roasted pork belly). If you want the meat with a rice, each is 50 baht. Plates of just meat are 80 baht (as they give you extra meat).
At these prices you’d expect to be given some cheap, starchy, filler rice. Au contraire! The rice is a special Jasmine rice sourced from Surin. It’s cooked with chicken broth, ginger, and garlic and topped with fried garlic–so it’s very flavorful. The sauces are also homemade (no store bought cheapies here!) and go well with any dish you order. The sauces are: a spicy chili and lime, a fresh ginger paste, and a secret sweet/savory sauce.
Let’s start with the duck…
Seriously juicy duck!
I knew I was in for a treat when the gal pulled down a whole roasted duck off the hook and set it on the chopping block. She took her large butcher knife and first made a small incision. Dark juice began to immediately gush out alleviating any concerns I might have had that this was going to be a dry bland bird.
She thinly sliced the meat into long strips and carefully laid it on the plate. It then received a generous ladle of sweet/savory sauce over the top. Looking at this picture now of the Singapore Honey Roasted Duck (80 baht) I feel that it doesn’t adequately capture just how damned delicious this dish was. But this is some seriously delicious duck with tender meat and honey sweet, thin, crispy skin.
Crispy pork, please!
The Singapore Siew Yok version of crispy pork differs from the Thai Moo Krob version. In the Singapore version the pork belly is roasted, not fried. This allows the fat to render off of it more, and the crispy skin is light and puffy, as opposed to the jaw rocking crunchy of its Thai counterpart.
If you’re a fan of really meaty crispy pork, I highly recommend you give The Fat Duck’s Singapore Siew Yok Rice (50 baht) a try!
Move over Khao Man Gai!
I am a huge fan of Khao Man Gai, a simple Thai dish of boiled chicken over rice. This Singapore Bamboo Steamed Chicken (80 baht) is my new favorite, and it puts Khao Man Gai to shame. This is high up there in my top tender and flavorful chicken experiences.
The Fat Duck steams the chicken in bamboo baskets and then once cooked they are dipped in an ice bath to give the skin the perfect texture. It’s then topped with a special soy based sauce and fried garlic. For a real treat, dip this meat in all of the 3 sauces they give you (chili/lime, ginger paste, and secret sweet/savory sauce).
If you prefer your chicken roasted, The Fat Duck menu has a Malaysia Soy Chicken Rice (50 baht) and Singapore Ginger Honey Roasted (50 baht) dishes, too!
Bring on the BBQ!
For a super tender red BBQ pork, I highly recommend Fat Duck’s Red Cha Siew Rice (50 baht) dish. The pork is cooked low and slow so the meat is very tender and juicy. They smother the sliced meat with the same secret sweet/savory sauce that they put on the honey roasted duck.
Also on the menu is Black Cha Siew Rice (50 baht) if you want your tender pork coated with a sticky caramelized honey and black soy sauce!
A chat with the owner…
During my visit I had the chance to chat up the owner, Genevieve Pendrageon. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Genevieve has been calling Bangkok home for the past 9 years. She’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and during her time in The Big Mango she’s founded several media and tour company ventures. In her words, “I’m in the business of making businesses“.
This project with The Fat Duck is a completely different experience for her. The idea originated from her desire to eat Singapore/Malay dishes that she felt she wasn’t able to find in Bangkok. Genevieve decided if she couldn’t find the authenticity she was looking for then she’d make it herself and also sell it to others who might be craving it, too.
Thus far it’s been a success story. Though only open since August 29th, 2019 they have built up a following of repeat customers and regularly sell out nightly. The Fat Duck is also expanding to new locations and is set to open at the popular Suan Plern Market on Rama IV on October 1st.
Genevieve told me that the secret to The Fat Duck’s rapid success was simple: use great ingredients, cook it right and consistent, and sell it at a fair price. If you do those 3 things then word of mouth from happy customers will do the rest!
The duck and pork are locally sourced with agreements that the pork belly have the proper meat/fat ratio. The chickens are herb fed, and hormone/antibiotic free. The cooking methods are derived from perfected recipes and are consistent to ensure the same dining experience. The price? Well it’s pretty wallet friendly at 50 baht a meal!
I’m hungry. Where is it?
The Fat Duck stand is located near the middle of the back area of Udom Suk Walk. The easiest way to get there is to take the BTS to the Udom Suk station, then exit to Udom Suk (Sukhumvit Soi 103). Near the corner you will find a row of songthaew trucks that patrol up and down the Udom Suk Road. They charge a flat fare of 8 baht per journey and can drop you off right in front of Udom Suk Walk and return you back to near Sukhumvit at the same rate.
Udom Suk Walk reminds me a little of what the Rod Fai Night Market used to be like before the tour groups started visiting with their flags on selfie sticks leading hordes of people behind them. It’s a place where you can get some great eats on the cheap along with ice cold beers, live music, and even a haircut!
The Fat Duck offers a Loyalty Card that lets you get a free meal after 10 meals (so make sure to ask for it). If you’re too lazy to get out of the house you can have The Fat Duck delivery to your door via LineMan, Grab, and FoodPanda apps, too!
Talk to me!
If you’re a fan of roasted duck, crispy pork, or chicken and rice then I know you’ll love this place. Should you decide to visit The Fat Duck I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, directly to me, or via message on either the Chow Traveller Facebook page or Chow Traveller Instagram. However you choose, I’d love to hear from you!