Peking Duck is a dish that I’ve always wanted to try. I would see others order it at Chinese restaurants, but it was an extravagance that we did not think to include on our order. It’s pretty pricey. I also thought that you had to order this dish in advance. At certain restaurants that is the case, but luckily for me I was at one of the places where you didn’t need to do that.
According to Wikipedia:
Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used.
Normally Peking Duck is served with thin crepe like pancakes to wrap around the slices of duck and accompaniments. This restaurant uses Mantou or Chinese steamed buns. I can’t compare the buns to the pancake since this is my first time enjoying this dish. However, I think I would probably prefer the pancakes. The mantou was a little too much bread for me and it was kind of sweet. As you know I’m not a bready kind of girl. I feel like the crepe like pancakes would have offered a better mouth feel and taste to the overall dish.
At first glance I thought the sauce was hoisin. It wasn’t though. Not exactly anyway. It probably had hoisin in it, but it was definitely sweeter. For some reason I think of honey when I taste this sauce. Whatever the ingredients that made up the sauce it was delicious! The duck was AMAZING. I’ve never had duck sliced so thinly like this before. Per the explanation provided by Wikipedia it was basically slices of crispy skin and a little of the meat. Roast duck can be incredibly fatty and greasy, but this was not the case at all. It was the perfect mix of crispy and fatty meat.
The scallions were a terrific addition. The oniony bite went really well with the sweet sauce and robust duck flavor. You need something to balance it out and the scallions did it. Overall this dish was fantastic. I will definitely order it again at this restaurant and at any other restaurants that have it on the menu. I will definitely have to find a version with the pancakes though. I have a feeling I will love this dish even more.
P.S. The cost of this dish was $27.95.