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Aug 2, 2006 02:54 PM

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 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.