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Best Peking Duck in town?

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  • Shannon Clark Feb 17, 2004 01:30 PM
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As a dish that frequently takes 24hr+ to order, Peking Duck is not something I get all that often, but done right, it is a really great meal.

So two questions.

1. What restaurant(s) have the best Peking Duck in town?

2. Which places have the best that DO NOT require 24hrs advance notice - i.e. where you can just go and order it?

thanks!

Shannon

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  1. ----Shannon wrote: 1. What restaurant(s) have the best Peking Duck in town?
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    A very good question. Funny thing you brought it up, since I woke up craving Peking Duck for some reason this morning. One of my all time favorite dishes on earth, and I really don't know where the best in Chicago is...so I need the help too...

    I recently ordered it at Evergreen last week, which didn't need a 24 hour notice time. I guess it was decent...wasn't a home run, more like a bunt single..but gets the job done right?

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    1. re: critical1

      We go to Emperors Choice for the 3 course Peking Duck. I have been to Beijing, and had more courses...but 3 courses is enough for most Westerners. I don't need the tongues in my soup etc. Emperors Choice also has excellant seafood. Especially the scallop (fresh in shell) as an appetizer. Enjoy

      1. re: critical1

        Doesn't Shanghai Terrace (note to GWIV - I remembered the name!) in the Peninsula have that entire duck menu? Not sure if it is the best, but it is certainly the fanciest.

        d

        1. re: dickson d

          D,

          You finally remembered the name! (smile) I'll link to my past Shanghai Terrace Peking Duck post.

          Enjoy,
          Gary

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. re: G Wiv

            What NO picture!?? Jeez, I rely on you for my food porn Gary.

            1. re: bryan

              B,

              Sorry, no picture of Shanghai Terrace Peking Duck, how about one from Happy Chef taken about a month ago?

              Enjoy,
              Gary

              Happy Chef Peking Duck

              Image: http://www.sptsb.com/PekingDuckHC3.jpg

              1. re: G Wiv

                That did the trick. You're no tease fella.

      2. I'm sure there are better places, but I had it recently at Opera. It was their own version of it, so it's not completely traditional, but it was GREAT. It was served in three courses (like it's supposed to be) but instead of soup, they substitute a noodle course with lot's of garlic that I really enjoyed. It's not cheap, but you can order it off the menu eith no advance notice required.

        1. v
          vehrrytyte@aol.com

          The Chicago Chop House has it every Tuesday for a lunch special.

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          1. re: vehrrytyte@aol.com

            How much is the special?

            1. re: vehrrytyte@aol.com

              LOL...

              No way.

              Are you serious?

              What's next, Moo Shu Ribeye?

              I don't even like their steak all that much. I think I'll pass on their Peking Duck.

            2. They have it at Red Light. It was quite tasty, tho Red Light isn't cheap...

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              1. re: ab

                I agree on Red Light.Had the duck with carmelized peaches and tiny little chili peppers. It was wonderful!

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                Wheresthebeef

                So let me get this straight. The best Peking Duck in Chicago is at Opera or Red Light (same chef for all intents and purposes) and as far as I'm concerned neither has very much to do with Peking Duck. In the past two months I have had Peking Duck at House of Fortune, Emperors Choice, Little Three Happiness Seven Wives and Moon Palace. I always stick with the three course (skin in pancakes, soup, stir fried meat). House of Fortune is probably the all around best, but only because I didn't like the soup at Seven Wives very much. The other two courses were outstanding. LTH is very good, except for the stale tortillas that they call pancakes. Emperors Choce and Moon Palace were good all around, but the meat course was not quite as good as a few of the other establishments. I also had a Peking Duck at Happy Chef about three months ago, which was largely inedible (although I like a number of menu items there).

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                1. re: Wheresthebeef
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                  Shannon Clark

                  I think, at least based on the consensus so far, that the "best" may be the Peking Duck menu at the Penisula, but even that didn't sound flawless.

                  House of Fortune sounds promising - do they require 24hr notice?

                  As a relatively expensive and generally large (at least many courses usually) dish, I guessed that few people order it at every Chinese restaurant the eat at, or all that frequently - so that my question might be difficult to answer.

                  Thanks for your summary of many of the Chinatown options!

                  Are there any non-Chinatown options you would suggest? (any place in Chinatown north? in the rest of the city? though it doesn't help me, out in the burbs?)

                  thanks!

                  Shannon

                  1. re: Shannon Clark
                    w
                    wheres the beef

                    I guess I just have a thing for duck skin. The meat and soup travel well, but you have to eat all of the skin ASAP. No advance notice is required at House of Fortune. Let me know if you like it. I haven't tried any Peking Duck outside of Chinatown. I personally have had nothing but miserable experiences at Shanhai Terrace, even though I generally think the food is quite good.

                2. Since it hasn't yet come up, I'll note, cautiously, that the peking duck at Silver Seafood (which, of course also specializes in various bbq and roasted fowl) had excellent, always ready PD before the bottom apparently fell out of the place at the end of last year. Really nice, fresh wrappers, good soup, and a sort of different last course, almost a casserole with bok choy and dried mushrooms with XO sauce when I had it. I still have not made it back for one last try before giving up on SS. A pricey, multi-course duck dinner might not be how you want to take one for the team, but I'd admire you if you did.

                  1. For duck-skin lovers, Szechwan East's version is a plus, since you can get skin and pancakes as an appetizer, without extra courses or advance notice. I think they also have it on their buffet.

                    In the north suburbs, Mandarin Village offers a two-course version, skin-and-pancakes and stir-fried meat and vegetables, also without notice. The latter's a trifle bland. However, it's also reasonably priced.

                    Szechwan East
                    312/255-9200
                    340 E. Ohio St.
                    Chicago, IL 60611
                    Dinner, 2-10 p.m. 7 days
                    Lunch buffet, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. M-Sa
                    Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Su

                    Mandarin Village Restaurant
                    847/933-1188
                    Village Crossing
                    7150 Carpenter Road (at Touhy), Skokie
                    Dinner, 3-8:45 p.m. M-Th;
                    -9:30 p.m. F-Sa; -8 p.m. Su
                    Lunch,11 a.m.-3 p.m. M-Sa; 12-3 p.m. Su
                    BYOB Free parking

                    LAZ

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                    1. re: LAZ

                      Any recent review of restaurants serving Peking Duck? I'm craving for one this weekend and I don't know if I want to splurge at Peninsula or go to one of those in China town.

                      1. re: fatbully

                        Many of the people posting in this old thread now post at LTHForum.com, which has many more recent posts. http://lthforum.com/bb/search.php?key... will get you started.

                    2. I don't think this has been mentioned - but the Peking Duck at the newly expanded Sun Wah at 5041 N Broadway in Uptown is great. I think they prefer if you order ahead (not too much effort in my view) but I think you can also order a duck at the table on slower nights.