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Best Peking Duck in Boston?

sabra18 Aug 2, 2006 02:54 PM

What's the best peking duck in Boston?

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    jackebel Aug 21, 2011 05:50 AM

    Chef Chang's has been closed for some time now. I had been going to there since it opened and finding a replacement has been difficult until yesterday. We had Peking Duck at "The New Golden Dragon" at 66 Beach St. in China Town. It was superb. Better than Chef Chang's.
    The last time I had skin this crispy and duck this moist and perfectly done was when I was in Taipei, Taiwan. It's not a fancy restaurant, but what it lacks in decor it makes up for in quality. No advance notice is necessary. Just pop in and order your duck. In addition to the duck we had Buddha's delight a vegetable dish and I asked them to make it spicy ala Hunan. It was perfect.

    Golden Dragon Restaurant
    300 Main St Ste 370, Nashua, NH 03060

    Beach St Cafe
    35 Beach St, Manchester, MA 01944

    China Town
    51 Oak St Ext, Brockton, MA 02301

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    1. re: jackebel
      CookieLee Aug 21, 2011 07:22 AM

      Like you, jackebel, we've been going from place to place looking for a replacement to Chef Chang's. Changsho, not as good. Joyful Garden, no good. Neither place served the soup. Did the New Golden Dragon serve the soup? Can I call them to order?

      Joyful Garden
      1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02135

      1712 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. re: jackebel
        rozziegirl Aug 22, 2011 06:44 AM

        Do you mean New Golden Gate?

        New Golden Gate
        66 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. re: rozziegirl
          jackebel Aug 24, 2011 03:20 PM

          Yes it's The New Golden Gate not Dragon. Sorry about the error

          New Golden Gate
          66 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        2. re: jackebel
          jackebel Aug 24, 2011 03:19 PM

          I made an error in the above post. It is The New Golden Gate not Dragon. Sorry

          New Golden Gate
          66 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

          1. re: jackebel
            FoodTruth Aug 24, 2011 08:28 PM

            King Fung Garden II in Brookline is still our favorite (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758726)

            King Fung Garden II
            370 Boylston St, Brookline, MA 02445

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          bro sweets Aug 9, 2006 08:14 PM

          Chef Chang's is excellent. Michael Schlow recommends the duck at Sichuan Garden in Brookline. It's on an Amex site where they did video interviews of Schlow, Barbra Lynch, Ken Orringer and others.

          Check out "globe trotting" on:

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            tamerlanenj Aug 8, 2006 01:22 PM

            Hey, no matter how sophisticated your tastes, sometimes you just gotta have some egg rolls and and spare ribs! ;-)

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              BJK Aug 3, 2006 11:40 AM

              King Fung and Chef Chang's are also my top choices for Peking Duck. IIRC, Chef Chang's is just the carved duck with standard suburban cheap Chinese mushu pancakes (unless you request the soup), while King Fung is, without any special requests, carved skin and meat with thicker home-made (or home-made-style?) pancakes, then stir-fried meat, sprouts & brown sauce, then the aforementioned soup.

              FWIW, Chef Chang's is also my top choice for Americanized Chinese food (a.k.a. in my household "Pupu Chinese").


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                amatto Aug 2, 2006 05:42 PM

                I second Chef Chang's for their Peking Duck. No advance needed for it, and make sure to ask they make a soup from the carcass.

                I wish the rest of Chef Chang's menu was up to the duck..but nothing is..so go for the duck, as the rest of the menu is mediocre.

                (then walk over to Japonaise for dessert, if it isn't late); or grab a drink at Beacon Street Tavern. I like the St. Mary's area.

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                1. re: amatto
                  tamerlanenj Aug 8, 2006 01:19 PM

                  God, the new Beacon St. Tavern is an abomination. Try Audobon Circle instead!!!

                  1. re: tamerlanenj
                    Dax Aug 8, 2006 01:37 PM

                    Can you expound on your BST experience(s). It's so new that I haven't heard many reviews of this place, good or bad. I was a fan of my one trip to Washington Street Tavern. I thought the food was excellent and actually a value.

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                      tamerlanenj Aug 8, 2006 03:07 PM

                      When I get a sec I'll do a proper post about it, for sure.

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                        Joanie Aug 9, 2006 05:30 PM

                        Wow, I didn't notice anything to make it an "abomination" at all.

                  2. gini Aug 2, 2006 05:37 PM

                    I really like the concept of King Fung's Peking Duck - 3 courses, traditionally presented. The duck, however, falls completely flat. The skin isn't crispy at all, the soup is flavorless, and the meat was frankly a little dry.

                    I understand Hong Kong Eatery does a good one to take away.

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                    1. re: gini
                      Dax Aug 2, 2006 05:54 PM

                      I've noticed that sometimes the duck skin is more crispy than other times.

                      I don't find the soup to be flavorless any more but I did think it was bland my first few trips there. The last two times I've been it has been flavorful, albeit still somewhat subtle. Between the salty broth, cabbage, tofu and glass noodles I quite like it now.

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                        gini Aug 2, 2006 08:47 PM

                        I have the worst luck! I'll have to try it again on your recommendation.

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                          yumyum Aug 2, 2006 08:55 PM

                          Hey gini -- don't kick yourself too hard. The first time I had the soup that comes as a course with that laquered duck it was bland. I could take it or leave it. Last few times it's been flavorful -- rich ducky goodness and a whole mess of MSG -- and definitely not an afterthought.

                          As for the crispiness of the duck skin, I've never had a problem, but I have enjoyed take-out peking duck for a small dinner party and it crisps up nicely in a hot oven.

                          Give it another shot -- really.

                      2. re: gini
                        9lives Aug 2, 2006 08:27 PM

                        HKE does a great roast duck or pork for takeaway. When I buy the duck, I tell them not to chop it...heat in a very hot oven and the skin gets real crispy..a lot like Peking.

                        They also make a great won ton/dumpling soup with in house made dumplings...which I braved the heat and picked up today...can also add the pork or duck to it.

                        1. re: 9lives
                          gini Aug 23, 2006 12:34 PM

                          I went to HKE last Friday and got half a roast duck and some other things for dinner - my god that was good. Not Peking, but seriously delicious. Thanks for reminding me to try it out!

                      3. lissy Aug 2, 2006 03:37 PM

                        I haven't had a big sampling but I also love the peking duck at King Fung Garden.

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                          Taralli Aug 2, 2006 03:32 PM

                          King Fung Garden, 74 Kneeland St, Chinatown, (617)357-526. Call 24-hrs in advance to reserve.

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                            tamerlanenj Aug 2, 2006 03:02 PM

                            Chef Chang's House on Beacon St. in Brookline.

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                            1. re: tamerlanenj
                              Dax Aug 2, 2006 04:30 PM

                              I've never even heard of this place until I just searched chowhound.

                              How does the duck there compare to King Fung's? Is it served in multiple courses? How does crispiness of the skin compare?

                              1. re: Dax
                                9lives Aug 2, 2006 08:30 PM

                                When Chef Chang's opened in the early 80s, I think it was 1 of Boston's best. Unfortunately it's slipped badly.

                                They still do a good job with the Peking Duck..comparable to KFG in a slightly more upscale dining room..:)3 courses

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