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HK Recs needed- Peking Duck & Szechuan

Will be travelling to Hong Kong this April, and I'm looking for the best places for Peking Duck as well as the best Szechuan restaurants in town. Any thoughts? Thanks-

Scott T

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  1. Some Sichuan suggestions.

    Man Jiang Hong, located at First Floor, Thai Kong Building, 482 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay.

    Mum Chau - a private kitchen located in Lan Kwai Fong. See this link for the address and phone number.

    1. Peking duck--there is a place in Tsim Tsai Tsui by the old Star ferry next to Harbour City. There is a chiu chow restaurant there also in the same building and a place above or below Jade Garden. The name is Peking something... They have great Peking duck, but you have to pre-order it.

      1. The peking duck restaurant that WHills was referring to is Peking Garden Restaurant. It has several branches, but I think the best one is the one that WHills mentioned, located on 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Tsai Tsui (tel: 2735-8211) (right next to Habour City, a huge shopping mall) . The building (sorry I forgot the buidling name) has two other restaurants, Jade Garden (Cantonese cuisine) and Golden Island (Chiu Chow cuisine). At dinner time, Peking Garden has a live show with a noodle chef making noodle scratch from flour by hand. The end noodles are supposed to be long enough that the chef can make rope-jump with them!

        Another restaurant in Hong Kong that is famous for peking duck is Spring Deer located at Tsim Tsai Tsui, 42 Mody Rood 2nd Floor. It is more old school and touristy

        In Hong Kong the most popular poultry dish is actually NOT peking duck but Roast Goose, and the most famous restaurant is Yung Kee Restaurant. The address is 32 - 40 Wellington Road, Central. You will probably find this restaurant in a lot of tourist guides as it is really famous worldwide and their roast geese is award-winning.

        Sichuan cuisine is actually not that popular in Hong Kong, and I agree with subtlet that Man Jiang Hong is probably the best choice.

        Just for your interest, Golden Island Chiu Chow restaurant located in the same building as Peking Garden Restaurant serves some excellent (and expensive) Chiu Chow food. It is worth a visit if you like Chiu Chow cuisine.

        1. Gosh, all of you are making my mouth water from the memories of eating at Golden Island (the roast pigeon w/seasoned salt was sublime). I also agree that the roast goose at Yung Kee is "broke da mouth" fantastic. You can find Peking-style Roast Duck everywhere but boy that roast goose was an eye? opener, hehe. For Sichuan cuisine, I have to give a shout out for the Sichuan Garden (I believe it's in central) for very good Sichuan in a very pretty place (yah, bring your wallet). I also think the Roast Duck in Wine Sauce at the SuperStar Seafood in Kowloon is a variation that you don't see much in the US or other places. That was very good too. I'm heading to Sichuan (Chengdu), Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong in August and just can't wait! Searching the boards and will post questions soon about where to go, woo!

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          1. re: PakaloloDreams

            I know this topic is a year old, but if roast goose in HK would be a better experience than Beijing duck, what about roast goose served like Beijing duck? I want to eat roast goose while I'm in HK, but I also have a craving for Beijing duck.

            Yung Kee has crispy roasted goose served two ways--the skin served with pancakes, then the meat stir-fried and served with lettuce. It would give me the best of both worlds, I think.

            But would it be a waste of the roast goose? I've never had roast goose before.

            1. re: prasantrin

              I have never heard of the dish you described in Yung Kee. But roast goose and beijing duck are cooked differently and you should not think that you can order one dish that satisfied both cravings. Roast goose is 烧鹅, Beijing duck is 烤鸭, totally 2 different dishes. If you are in Hong Kong and can select only one, I would suggest roast goose. Also recommend Chiu Chow goose 鹅片 in Hong Kong ahead of Beijing duck.

              1. re: FourSeasons

                I did some research and found that Chiu Chow goose is braised, but I'm still not sure what the difference is between roast goose and Beijing duck. I see that the Chinese character for the cooking style is different, but I don't know how it's different. Could you tell me what the differences are in cooking styles? I know how Beijing duck is prepared, and I assume that with roast goose the separation of the skin from the body is not necessary, but how else is the preparation different.

                I guess if I want to experience roast goose, I should do it right the first time. I prefer Beijing duck in Bangkok to that in HK, anyway, but I did really want to eat Beijing duck! Maybe I can get a paoping and hoisin sauce fix some other way.

                1. re: prasantrin

                  Sorry, I am just a foodie, not a chef, so I will let someone else with that expertise or knowledge to provide better explanation. All I can say is that go and try all of them. Roast Goose at Yung Kee is the unanimous choice though I think the quality has gone down the last few years but it is still the legendary name. I think Pak Loh Chiu Chow at Causeway Bay has the best Chiu Chow goose, way ahead of Golden Island that was recommended above. For Beijing duck, the one I enjoyed is 北京楼 (can't remember the English name) at the basement of Alexander House in Central, just right opposite Mandarin Hotel. I like the Beijing duck in Hong Kong, but it is not the same Roast Duck you find in Beijing.

                  1. re: prasantrin

                    Chiu Chow goose is braised in soy sauce with different spices, the end product soaks in soy sauce and eat with a sauce of garlic and white vinegar. It is very different from Beijing duck, in which I think you are familiar with.

                    I agree the roast goose of Yung Kee is going downhill, try their smoked goose, also very famous, I like it better than roasted.

            2. Spring Deer (Luk Ming Chun) 1st floor, 42 Mody Road in Tsim Sa Tsui, is one of the best for Peking Duck. They've been doing it quite some time.

              1. Peking Garden is part of a huge local chain called Maxims, so both the places mentioned in Alexandra House and Star House (Tsim Sha Tsui), mentioned by FourSeasons and WHills et al. are in fact, owned by the same people. But don't let that deter you, the duck, among other things, is good at both places. I don't really like the low ceilings at Star House, but it commands a good view over the harbour (if you go, make sure you get a table by the window - unless the ceilings don't bother).

                For Sichuan, there's a place called Da Ping Huo that was one of the first generation of private kitchens - but I'm not a fan of Sichuan food (got horribly sick after days of chilli, oil and the same spices over and over while in Chengdu), so I've never been.

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                1. re: e_ting

                  Just visited Da Ping Huo tonight. I have been there many times, find the food very good and price very reasonable at HK$280 per person with around 8-9 dishes. It is spicy though they have tone it down for Hong Kong market. It is more refined, and not as numb and oily as those authentic Sichaun food you tried in mainland. But I always see more outside residents (including mainland Chinese and expatriates) than native Hong Kong residents here, and a few of my Hong Kong friends confessed that it is just too spicy for their taste bud.

                  1. re: FourSeasons

                    I've read that Man Jiang Hong is better than Da Ping Huo for Sichuan. Have you been to Man Jiang Hong, and if you have, how do the two compare?

                  2. re: e_ting

                    The one time I had Beijing duck in Hong Kong was at a chain-type place. I can't remember the name, but it was in a mall-like building and I think it was in the basement (I only remember taking an escalator down to the restaurant). The duck for the pancake part of the meal was fattier and meatier than I like for Beijing duck. I like the skin to be pure skin. Is there a place in HK that has Beijing duck like that? Is it possible to find just the pancake-portion of a Beijing duck dinner somewhere? That's really all I want--duck skin, hoisin sauce, and paoping!

                    We're still going to Yung Kee for goose, and I think we're going for the regular roast goose rather than the goose two-ways. I still have a craving for Beijing duck--at least the skin part!

                    1. re: prasantrin

                      I think the shopping mall you refer to is Pacific Place at Admiralty. The restaurant is Peking Garden but the branch at Pacific Place has closed down.

                      I went to a Sichuan place at Causeway Bay a few years ago and can't remember the name so not too sure if that is Man Jiang Hong. So can't really answer your question, but I will highly recommend Da Ping Huo as long as you have no problem with spicy food. It won't disappoint you.

                  3. Just an FYI, my friends and I tried to find Man Jiang Hong tonight, and it was no longer there! We called and they've moved to Central, so we made the short trek over. We couldn't find the location they first mentioned on the area map at the subway, so we called again. It's now located somewhere near the US Embassy! It's quite an inconvenient location, so we dropped that idea. Very sad, I am, especially since we didn't have the location info for Da Ping Huo, so we couldn't go there, either!

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                    1. re: prasantrin

                      I hope this reach you in time. The address of Da Ping Huo is:

                      L/G Hilltop Plaza,
                      49 Hollywood Rd, Central.
                      Tel : 2559-1317.

                      But you need to call to make a reservation first. It is at the corner of Hollywood Rd and Lyndhurst Terrace.

                      1. re: FourSeasons

                        Thanks! I was going to ask to try it tonight, but I'm really sick so I don't think we'll be going out. Maybe tomorrow at lunch if I feel any better! :-(

                        1. re: prasantrin

                          It is not opened for lunch, just dinner.

                    2. The Peking Duck at The American Restaurant in Wanchai is better than what the Maxim's Peking Garden chain serves up.