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Feb 20, 2008 04:50 PM

IN search of good cheap Peking duck???

Any one know of any specials, from san gabriel valley, to san fernando valley, to chinatown, to west los angeles?

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  1. A good cheap Peking duck is a probably a contradiction in terms: j

    1. The LA Times rated Lucky Deli in LA Chinatown on Broadway #1 for roast duck. The going price for duck averages around $13 - 15 depending on the location.

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      1. re: Clinton

        Does Lucky Deli have Peking duck or Cantonese roast duck?

        1. re: raytamsgv

          I believe roast duck only. I don't know if they have plum duck like the old United Poultry next door. Peking duck requires special preparation before serving to obtain the crispy skin. That's why most restaurants will request that you let them know before you order.

      2. Try BBQ Unlivited on Sherman Way between Fulton and Coldwater. Nothing is ever cheap but can be inexpensive. I thin it is somewhere in the 12 to 13 dollar price range. Thier roast pig is wonderful also. The one in the valley has always seemed to get better reviews than the one they have in Los angeles. I've only tried the one in the Valley so i cannot compare.

        1. By far and away, the best most authentic peking duck in LA is Lu Din Gee on Valley Blvd in Alhambra. It's their specialty! You must call at least one hour in advance to order it! Enjoy!

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          1. re: yellow fever

            Yellow Fever, your right about LU DIN GEE being the best Peking Duck in So Cal. It' actually located in Rosemead (I think?).
            We were there last night with a group of people and everything was amazing.

            1. re: russkar

              Russ - other than the duck, what did you have, and do you remember the prices of any of the food?
              Here is the address info:
              Lu-Din-Gee Cafe
              1039 E Valley Blvd Ste B102
              San Gabriel, CA 91776
              (626) 288-0588
              Coincidentally, I had the roast duck at Sam Woo's in Van Nuys yesterday, and it was quite tasty, yet now I need to get to San Gabriel to try this place to compare.

              1. re: carter

                See my post above, (the first one in this thread) for their web site with menu and prices.

                1. re: carter

                  I had the Peking Duck at LDG a little under a year ago, and it was amazing. Juicy Meat, Crispy Skin. We didn't order anything else off the menu, but we did pay extra to get the Duck, three ways -- Sliced meat and skin, in a stir fry with sprouts, and bone soup. It was about $7 more per "way". I would recommend the stir fry, very simple, but fresh and tasty -- bits of duck meat, with very fresh bean sprouts -- a really nice accompanyment. I'd pass on the milky duck bone soup. Unless we got a bad batch, it was completely tasteless. Not just regarding depth of flavor, but zero taste, like sipping hot milky water, which we thought was weird, considering how fantastic the duck was. We probably should have said something, but we had so much food (between just two of us), we just left the soup alone.

                  1. re: debra

                    Just for reference, we had a spectacular roast duck in Aug 2006 at the famous Quanjude restaurant in Beijing and they also served the bland milky bone-water duck soup which had no flavor. So it seems that Lu Din Gee has got it right.

                    Incidentally, the thing that far and above made Quanjude stand out heads and tails above all the other Beijing ducks we've had (both in Beijing and at LDG) is the depth of smoky richness that pervaded every layer of the skin and meat. Even at other famous Beijing duck restaurants Luqin and Made in China it just couldn't compare. Prices for whole duck ranged from about $16 - $30 with Quanjude landing at about $20.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      I think part of the difference is due to the different ducks used in China and the U.S., as well as the heatlh department regs that prevent most restuarants from preparing the ducks the traditional way, i.e. sugar glazing and air dried for 24 hours.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I thought there is a special legislative exemption for roast ducks (probably including Peking ducks) from this health dept. rule in Calif.

                        1. re: PeterL

                          PeterL is right. There's a special exemption in the CA state health code to allow the traditional preparation of Peking duck.

                      2. re: Mr Taster

                        taster - did you have it at the old Quanjude in rosemead? curious as to how it compares...

                        1. re: Jerome

                          Sadly no, by the the time I became aware and interested in such things, the Rosemead Quanjude had already shuttered its doors.

                          Mr Taster

                  2. re: russkar

                    Ever since the LA branch of Quanjude closed, LDG is the only placd which has traditional Peking duck. Unfortunately LDG's version is so-so-- I don't think that the skin is quite crispy enough, compared to Quanjude (either the LA or the Chinese branches). I'll guess that they may not stretch or dry out the skin sufficiently to achieve the crispy, crackling skin that Peking duck should have.

                    If anyone knows of where there is authentic Peking duck, please post.

                    Incidentally, the Cantonese deli's roast duck is nowhere near Peking duck. A proper Peking duck requires 48-72 hr prep, a large portion of the time spent air drying the duck skin to obtain the crispy crackle.

                  3. re: yellow fever

                    What's the going rate for peking duck at lu din gee? The wikipedia entry for peking duck got me hungry...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Isn't Lu Din Gee the chinese spicy hot pot place? I've never seen anyone eat duck there... do I have two different places confused?

                        1. re: banquisha

                          They have always been noted on the board for their Peking duck, but as you can see from their menu they do have hot pot too. Their menu looks pretty comprehensive and certainly sounds / reads delicious(ly) to me.

                          1. re: banquisha

                            Sounds like you're confusing Lu Din Gee with another place. LDG is known for their peking duck, plus they've got some pretty creative dishes. Hotpots can be found on any Chinese menu, their focus is not hotpot.

                          2. re: ns1

                            $30 on the low end and a bit over $40 on the high end.

                            1. re: wilafur


                              oops, didn't realize the pearl catering link was for lu din gee as well. thanks to both.

                        2. Sam Woo BBQ in Monterey Park calls their duck Peking Duck ($11.95 take out). But, I have a feeling that what you're looking for is the duck skin served with the steamed buns and that isn't what they serve. Their duck is very good and if you look around the dining room everyone orders it and if you look into the kitchen you'll see they have dozens hanging to dry before cooking.

                          On the subject of the Peking Duck served with the skin of the duck and steamed buns. My experience is that most restaurants that serve what they call Peking Duck is duck skin from a roast duck. Lu Din Gee is probably one of the few authentic Peking Duck places.

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                          1. re: monku

                            i love to buy a whole roast duck from a deli like sam woo, etc. and a few man-tou's and grub down. mmm!