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longleat Jul 16, 2008 06:00 AM

Is it possible to find Peking Duck in China Town that is cooked the traditional way and not fried? We tried Bright Pearl and it was really marginal,and also FRIED! The huge restaurant, usually crowded, was almost empty. Any leads for the 'real' Peking Duck would really be appreciated! Many thanks!

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  1. Teep RE: longleat Jul 16, 2008 08:15 AM

    Peter's Chung King at 281 College is the only resto I know of that requires 30 mins from ordering the Peking Duck to it being served, I think that means they do it the traditional way (no deep frying).

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      childofthestorm RE: longleat Jul 16, 2008 09:42 AM

      I would also like to know some answers to this question, but expand the request to the best non-fried Peking Duck in the GTA cuz I am willing to drive for one. I just watched the Heston Blumenthal Peking Duck episode on FN and have a big-time craving.

      Paging Charles Yu and company....?

      1. atomeyes RE: longleat Jul 16, 2008 10:04 AM

        not that this helps, but there used to be a chinese resto on don mills between lawrence and eglinton (on the west side).
        they specialized in Peking Duck. it closed 2 years ago and was replaced with a Ghenghis Khan Mongolian Grill.
        otherwise, the only Peking Duck i've seen is that fried/carmelized type you see in Chinese Town i.e. the Inside Out Electric Duck

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          acd123 RE: atomeyes Jul 16, 2008 11:21 AM

          I had an AMAZING peking duck two weeks ago at the Ambassador in Richmond Hill. It is definitely done the traditional way.

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            erly RE: acd123 Jul 16, 2008 01:52 PM

            Maple Yip, a simple family style Cantonese restaurant has Peking Duck on their menu.
            I have never tried it there.
            Their food is excellent, and I can't see them taking shortcuts.
            Their phone is
            416 297 1438
            We were there last night and had a melt in the mouth steamed green bass.

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              chefhound RE: erly Feb 2, 2009 10:33 AM

              I don't know,,, While I agree that Maple Yip has great food, it's more, as you say, a family-style restaurant. I'm not sure they would have the time or facilities to prepare such banquet-style dishes such as Peking Duck. Is it even on the menu? I eat there all the time and I've never noticed it.

        2. Food Tourist RE: longleat Jul 16, 2008 02:11 PM

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/106241

          I ate peking duck last fall at the Grand Chinese Cuisine restaurant at the Doubletree Airport hotel...it was decent, but the one at Lai Wah Heen a few years ago was MUCH better.

          1. mrbozo RE: longleat Jul 16, 2008 02:18 PM

            A bit but not entirely OT: Who prepares the best Peking duck to take out in the downtown Chinatown?

            BTW, long gone, but a tasty Peking duck was to be had at Champion House on Dundas (if memory serves, the only really good thing on their menu).

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              TOgirl RE: longleat Jul 17, 2008 04:12 PM

              I have never tried it but overheard in Chinese food court line up that the peking duck at Peking Man on Sheppard, west of Leslie was awesome. Hopefully someone has tried it and can verify.

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                elrik RE: TOgirl Jul 18, 2008 07:41 AM

                I have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoyed it. I am not an expert so can't confirm whether it is fried or done traditionally, but I would guess it is traditional as it does take some time to come out, and it didn't seem overly greasy to me at all. It's really worth it to pay the bit extra to have them make extra meals out of the duck, the one where they stir fry some of the left overs with cabbage is absolutely delicious. They also have a fried banana dessert that my MIL remembered from having there 20 years ago, and it is still as good today.

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                torontogourmet RE: longleat Jul 17, 2008 05:39 PM

                The Peking Duck at Dynasty on Bloor also requires a pre-order so I am assuming that is the sign of "traditional" preparation... I have only ever had it there(but went back for it several times with Chinese friends) and the thought if it being deep fried never even crossed my mind... I also got a craving for it after watching In Search of Perfection...

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                  punchythecat RE: torontogourmet Jul 17, 2008 07:34 PM

                  I've had it there with no pre-order -- seemed to work out fine that time, at least. Lai Wah Heen, in the Metropolitan HOtel, of course has a delicious version. But pricier...

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                  childofthestorm RE: longleat Jul 30, 2008 09:40 AM

                  Went to Lai Wah Heen last night for Peking Duck, mainly because we didn't want to brave post-work traffic out to the suburbs. Reserved a window table and mentioned we'd be having the duck ahead of time. It was really delicious, mahogany skin and great taste. I was reminded of Heston B. waxing rhapsodic over the "shattering" of the skin, very true in the case of the LWH duck. I had also never been served the entire duck before, as they would assemble pancakes two at a time for us, and also put together our Crystal Fold course. I'm used to bashing it together myself at the table and fighting over the choice bits. We felt quite pampered. I ordered some hot and sour soup (excellent) for between the courses, and we polished everything off but were totally stuffed.

                  It's expensive for sure at $52 for the duck, but between the convenience of the validated parking underneath the hotel (tight down there for sure, wow), plus the level of service we received, it made for a worthwhile night of duck gluttony. Our waitress mentioned they have a lot of couples who come out for the duck, and I can see why.

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                    Squeakycheese RE: childofthestorm Feb 2, 2009 03:43 PM

                    Yummy, sounds great! We'll try it this weekend.

                    Anyone tried the version at Pearl Harbourfront?

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