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South Buona Vista Braised Duck to close on 7 Feb 2024, over 50-year-old recipes soon to be lost

It really wasn’t all too long ago that the famous South Buona Vista Braised Duck moved to Desker Road. But since their 2021 relocation, both rental costs and the owner’s age have been on the rise. That combination led to Mr Ang Chiap Teck making plans to close. Their last day will be on 7 Feb next year.

South Buona Vista Braised Duck - eatery inside and outside

As their name states, the founder Lim Ah Too opened on South Bouna Vista Road. It was then known as Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House. When Mr Lim retired in 2013 due to poor health, his brother-in-law Mr Ang decided to continue the legacy under a new name.

Mr Ang had his Mr Lim’s blessing to use his recipes, letting the the 50-year-old recipes continue under a change of hands.

They initially reopened as South Buona Vista Braised Duck on Sam Leong Road in Little India. They had a good flow of customers and made enough that they could open their own eatery on Desker Road.

South Buona Vista Braised Duck - braised duck

Customers of Lim Seng Lee could expect the same taste from the Signature Braised Duck (1 pax for S$5, 2 pax for S$12, 3 pax for S$16, half a duck for S$22, whole duck for S$43). It’s usually paired with either Yam Rice (S$1), White Rice (S$0.80) or Porridge (S$0.80).

South Buona Vista Braised Duck - sambal dishes

Other popular recommendations include the Sambal Kang Kong (S$8 for Regular, S$10 for Large) and Sambal Tofu (S$8 for Regular, S$10 for Large).

There is no further word that anyone is taking over. In an article by the Straits Times, Mr Ang mentioned that his children had no interest in doing so. Should this still be the case, the new life the recipes had under South Buona Vista Braised Duck is coming to an end.

February is still a few months away. Currently, there are no plans to relocate or any indication someone will take over. Hop in for a quick bite before it’s gone for good.

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