Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published December 6th 2012
Unfortunate for the duck
Down on Gouger St are a multitude of Asian restaurants. Fortune Duck is one of them that specialises in Chinese cuisine. What manages to set it apart from the other Chinese restaurants in this part of Chinatown? For some it's the great duck they serve (as per their namesake) but for me, it would probably have to be the great value for money.
Why do I say that? Because as most restaurants, Fortune Duck offers a special lunch menu and almost everything on it is below $12. Now, their normal menu also has very affordable prices for their food but as I have only tried the lunch menu, I am unable to really comment on the dishes there.
The ambience of the restaurant isn't exactly the best - it's simple and uninspired. Then again, I'm not really expecting a very classy theme as the price range is on the lower end of the spectrum.
The friend I came with claims that this is his favourite Chinese restaurant in Chinatown because it's both good and cheap. He's from Hong Kong, so I'm inclined to believe that he knows good Chinese food when he eats it. We both got dishes off the lunch menu.
He ordered rice with stir fried chicken in yu xiang sauce. Yu xiang is a type of Chinese seasoning typically used in pork, beef or chicken. I tried a little and it was pretty good. I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had but it's both yummy and priced at $8.
I ordered the Foo Kin fried rice, an unfortunate sounding dish that consists of fried rice topped with diced shrimp, scallop, beef, mushroom and vegetables in a thickened stock. The broth was nice and so was the fried rice but I felt like the over abundance of celery messed with the taste a bit. Or maybe that's just due to the fact that I'm not fond of the taste of celery. I still enjoyed it. The helping was pretty large as well; I couldn't finish it in one sitting.
So overall, I wouldn't mind coming back to Fortune Duck restaurant for their cheap but yummy lunch specials. I'm always on the lookout for affordable food that doesn't sacrifice taste for low prices. I was quite satisfied with Fortune Duck's food.