Kay Lee takeover: Diners say meats are still tasty and fragrant

Kay Lee - which is famous for their fatty char siew with a charred exterior, roast pork with crispy crackling, and tender roast duck - was bought by electronics conglomerate Aztech Group in September for $4 million.  -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Kay Lee - which is famous for their fatty char siew with a charred exterior, roast pork with crispy crackling, and tender roast duck - was bought by electronics conglomerate Aztech Group in September for $4 million.  -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

The new owners of Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint took over on Tuesday, and most of the diners that The Straits Times Life! spoke to did not notice any change in the flavour of their signature roast meats.

Kay Lee - which is famous for their fatty char siew with a charred exterior, roast pork with crispy crackling, and tender roast duck - was bought by electronics conglomerate Aztech Group in September for $4 million.

Housewife May Chua, 60, said: "I've been eating at Kay Lee for more than 30 years and I don't think anything has changed. I like their char siew - it is juicy, fragrant and comes in thick slices."

Regional sales manager Able Liew, 36, said: "The char siew is still nicely charred. The roast duck and roast pork are still tasty and tender too."

Aztech's chairman Michael Mun and his son Jeremy - the company's senior vice-president of marketing - were at the outlet this morning, along with Kay Lee's operations manager Sam Ng.

Kay Lee's former owners were also present at the Upper Paya Lebar shop.

Madam Betty Kong, 68, was still busy chopping meats, while her husband Ha Wai Kay, 64, was in the kitchen training the new chef - who is formerly from Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

All the staff - including two who have been working with Madam Kong - now don uniforms with the Kay Lee name.

Other changes under the new management include improvements to the shop's ventilation, a revamped website (www.kayleeroastmeatjoint.com), and a computerised cashier system - diners will now get a receipt upon payment.

Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint at 125 Upper Paya Lebar Road opens daily from 10.30am to 8.30pm.