BALING: Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang was spotted at Kong Heng Restaurant, famous for its charcoal-grilled pipa duck, in Baling, Kedah, last Saturday (April 16).
The friendly Tsang accepted all requests by fans at the restaurant for photograph sessions reported.
He also asked the chef for the recipe of its signature pipa duck.
Kong Heng Baling Restaurant operator Liu Ai Yu said in a phone interview with mySinChew, the English portal for Sin Chew Daily, that she was busy at the shop when a customer alerted her the presence of Tsang.
“It was 3pm. Although the lunch hour was over, there were still some patrons at the restaurant.
“I did not expect him to be here although I read in the newspaper that he is now in Malaysia.
“Tsang is still quite fit. Although he is aided by a walking stick, he
does not look 88 years old,” she said.
Liu said Tsang was accompanied by his assistant from Hong Kong and a couple who are believed to be Malaysians.
Apart from pipa duck, they also ordered fish head curry and bean sprouts with salted fish.
“Tsang said he liked the local curry. They also bought our pipa duck sauce before leaving the restaurant,” she said.
Liu said she asked for a photo with Tsang after they finished their meal.
“He is very friendly and humorous. He even chatted with my son and asked about local pipa duck. He also shared how to make Peking duck in Hong Kong.
“I never thought I would meet Tsang in person. I have watched his shows since I was young. He is like a kind father to me,” Liu said.
Kong Heng Restaurant is now run by its third generation owner.
TV host Jason Yeoh who produces and hosts the popular Axian’s Food Adventures, featured Kong Heng Restaurant back in 2014.
The restaurant used to be mainly frequented by locals.