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May 24, 2006 12:15 PM

Good Peking Duck in DC?

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Is City Lights the way to go? I saw the thread about Baltimore and it got me thinkin'...

I often see ducks hanging up in the windows of the shops in Chinatown, but I'll admit, I get timid.

Mei-Wah? Anyone know??


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  1. The best in the area is at Peking Gourmet in the Culmore Shopping Center between Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners(Rt. 7 and Carlin Springs Rd.).

    1. Just go to Peking Gourmet - no other decision to be made here.

      When taking home leftovers, ask for the box. The kitchen tends to halve what you get, includsing all your skin.

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      1. re: Culocho

        what do you mean when you say the kitchen halves what you get? Do you mean they only give you half your leftovers to take home?

        1. re: Diana

          Always ask for the duck carcass to take home when they're done. Chinese like to use it to make a great soup. Just throw in some napa cabbage.

      2. Mark's Duck House's peking duck is the best I've ever had, I think...

        1. Don't be mislead by these ducks hanging up in the windows at these chinese restaurants. They are cantonese roast ducks, not peking ducks. Peking ducks take a tremendous amount of preparation time and effort. The links below give two options in NoVA owned by the same family. The picture is hilarious and the description informative...definitely worth trying.

          I've had the Peking duck at Peking Gourmet across from Lucky 3, and it was pretty good, although overhyped, especially with all the pictures in the dining area of famous faces who've stopped by. The Bushes love this joint.

          1. OK, I should have been more clear-

            How about IN DC? Like, I know there is great stuff out in the burbs... but if I want something closer, that is a cab-ride away... where can I go?

            That duck chang's does look pretty neato... nice animated gif of the duck, too.

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            1. re: Eric

              This is not going to help you, but if you ever make it out to Peter Pan Buffet in NoVA, they have a peking duck bar where you can have peking duck (using cantonese duck) sandwiches made to order. It's good and all you can eat.

              1. re: RL

                WOW. That is amazing. You're right, that's way far but... someday. Someday.