If you lived in central Cheras, chances that you would know where to dig for roast duck and surprisingly both errmm I won't say famous but let's say popular shops are located in Taman Connaught. Just that one is at the start of the road, Restoran Yi Kee (near to CIMB, which also sells roast goose) and Sun Ming Restaurant which is located at the end of the road. To get to Sun Ming, at East West Link just turn left at the road where BHP is located and another immediate right. The shop is near Domino's Pizza. If you know where is Restoran Sim Hap Kee or Elegant Inn, Sun Ming is located at the road behind, parallel to them.
Sun Ming has a large varieties of offerings other than roast duck. Let's see if I can list them all down :p. Well they have roast chicken; roast pork (siew yuk); BBQ pork (char siu); siu cheung (a type of sausage); a few options of yong tau foo like bitter gourd, chilli, tofu, brinjal etc; dark vinegar trotters; assam mustard green (gai choy suen); and at least 5 types of steamed soup like lotus roots, black beans, watercress etc etc
Don't be alarmed when you see long queue from the chopping and serving area up front of the restaurant as there are table service as well. Usually people queue up to take a look of what is available and select from the wide variety of the food on display. This place is always pack so don't be surprised if you need to share table with strangers.
This time round Capt'n Hook and I ordered quartered roast duck, the dark meat portion; a plate of roast pork and a black bean soup plus a glass of hot Chinese tea (which came up to RM31.90).
No doubt the duck meat is juicy but somehow the skin is not crispy, perhaps they have been on the display rack for a while. Taste wise, it was ok but doesn't blow me over like Restoran BBQ Kong Meng (Taman Maju Jaya, Cheras) or Onn Kee (in Kepong). Even the roast pork is just so-so with the exception of having a crispy skin.
I loved the soup though. It's double-boiled with both pork ribs and chicken, hence the flavour is stronger. The texture of the black beans were great too.
Service is quick but the wait for the food to arrive might take a while especially during peak hour. If you come with friends, expect to raise your voice up during your conversations as the place is really noisy hehe typical of a Chinese kopitiam style shop. I was drooling over the glistening char siu that our tablemates have ordered, so next round, we ought to try that and the other items as well like the yong tau foo cos they looked plump with fillings.
Restaurant Sun Ming
137, Jalan Sarjana,
56000 Kuala Lumpur
56000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 9133 2151
Closed on Tuesdays and is opened till around 4.00pm or earlier