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Best Peking Duck in Boston?

What's the best peking duck in Boston?

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

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    1. re: tamerlanenj

      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

        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

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

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

        1. 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

            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.

            1. re: Dax

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

              1. re: gini

                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

              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

                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. 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

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

                1. re: tamerlanenj

                  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.

                  1. re: Dax

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

                    1. re: Dax

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

                2. 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").


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

                    1. 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.

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                      1. 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

                          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

                            Do you mean New Golden Gate?

                            New Golden Gate
                            66 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                            1. re: rozziegirl

                              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

                              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

                                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