Checking out the famed Port Dickson curry bun

The famed Lucky King Bun in Port Dickson. – Pictures by K.E. Ooi
The famed Lucky King Bun in Port Dickson. – Pictures by K.E. Ooi

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PORT DICKSON, July 10 — The humble old-style coffee shop located in a corner shophouse in the small sleepy town of Lukut, Port Dickson is home to the wildly popular PD Chicken Curry Bun.

The shop is easily identified by the red Lucky King Bun signboard and a simple glass-fronted stall in front showcasing rows of giant buns.

The Lucky King buns are large enough to share between two to three people and are usually sold out by lunchtime
The Lucky King buns are large enough to share between two to three people and are usually sold out by lunchtime

Though they started selling those buns a few decades ago, Lucky King Bun only garnered a following in recent years and today, those buns are sold out by lunch time.

It is very rare that walk-in customers get to taste their famous buns as most customers place an order at least a couple hours ahead.

Our curiosity was piqued so when we were in Port Dickson recently, we went to check out what all the fuss was about. We placed an order for a curry chicken bun and a pork rib curry bun before taking the short drive there.

The large bun comes in three flavours, chicken curry, pork ribs curry or ying yong bun which is a combination of pork ribs curry and dongpo pork
The large bun comes in three flavours, chicken curry, pork ribs curry or ying yong bun which is a combination of pork ribs curry and dongpo pork

The buns are first cut and opened up like a flower to reveal the packets of curry within, so don’t expect the curry to be oozing out onto the bread. It is kept safely within two layers of foil and plastic.

There is only one way to fully enjoy this and it is by tearing bits of the surprisingly soft bun, dipping it into the curry and then savouring the sweet and savoury bread.

Perhaps the popularity of the giant buns is due to the novelty of the whole experience or just the fact that dipping warm soft buns into thick, rich curries is a thing nobody can say no to because the whole idea of eating bread and curry is not exactly new or special.The chicken curry has equal amounts of potatoes and chicken and the curry itself is thick and rich with coconut milk, making it the best kind to dip the soft, sweet bread into. Similarly, the pork rib curry is made from the same curry base — rich and thickened with coconut milk.

You can also order side dishes such as stir-fried vegetables with cuttlefish and tofu
You can also order side dishes such as stir-fried vegetables with cuttlefish and tofu

They also have a third “flavour”, the ying yong bun. This one has two packets in the centre — one pork rib curry and another is the non-spicy dongpo pork in dark soy sauce.

This one is good for those who do not want too much curry or prefer something non-spicy. That being said, all their curries are rather mild so it can still be enjoyed by those who cannot tolerate spicy food too.

Other than the buns, they also offer another signature dish — the Dragon Tiger Seafood Pot. This is a whole pot of seafood simmered in a thick curry and served with a plate of rice vermicelli. Crabs and prawns top the pot laden with squids, clams and sliced fish all mixed together; it is served on a small stove to keep it warm throughout your meal.

Again, the curry is mild and though it is almost similar to the curries in the buns, it is lighter, like a curry soup, so you can pour generous amounts into your bowl with the vermicelli to make seafood curry vermicelli.

The Dragon Tiger Seafood Pot with prawns, crabs and squids cooked in a mild rich curry and served in a claypot with vermicelli
The Dragon Tiger Seafood Pot with prawns, crabs and squids cooked in a mild rich curry and served in a claypot with vermicelli

What is of note about this coffee shop is that they have pretty good normal dishes to eat with rice or single-serving fried noodles and fried rice. We ordered one of each and were suitably impressed by their fried noodles and vegetables.

Lucky King Bun also recently opened a branch in Seremban so if you don’t plan to go to Lukut, you can always try out their giant buns at the branch.

Restoran Lucky (P.D.) Seafood

4366, Taman Aman, Jalan Besar, Lukut, Port Dickson

Tel: 06-6512392

Time: 11.30am-10pm

Website: luckykingbun.com

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