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PEKING DUCK @ NBC

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My family and I tried the Peking Duck at NBC Restaurant on Atlantic Ave. last night and I must say after several years of abstaining from fatty foods, it was quite a treat.

The Peking Duck came 2 ways. First was the crispy skin with a bit of meat underneath on a bed of shrimp flavored crackling and a few scallions and cilantro. It came with a plate of steamed buns and hoisin sauce to complement.

The second way was Lettuce Wrap where the remaining duck meat was minced and sauted in spices to be scooped and enjoyed in a cup shaped piece of iceberg lettuce and more hoisin sauce.

For a group of four, just one order of this $29.00 course was sufficient to enjoy the evening and converse throughout the nighjt on subject entree. Needless to say, it was also had for a very good price.

The following are my comments on NBC's Peking Duck:
The combination of the crispy skin, soft steamed bun, fresh scallion and sweet hoisin sauce created a very unique experience inside my mouth. The contrast in texture and flavors leaves one to want more after every bite. However I found the dish to be lacking in scallions. By the time half the plate was finished, there was no more scallions.

Similarly, the second course had the same effect except for the outside crunch created by the fresh lettuce cup. We found a few bits and pieces of shredded duck bones included with the minced meat. This naturally did not end up well with us, especially with my preschooler who just preferred the shrimp flavored crackling.

I just wanted to share my views with fellow CHers so we can compare notes on Peking Duck served here and elsewhere.

Originally, I wanted to experience this at Lu Din Gee as I have read so many reviews about this place. However, after calling them in advance on a Saturday night, the place seemed fully booked the rest of the night. Hence, change of plan towards my favorite Chinese Restarant in SGV.

Any/all reactions will be appreciated.

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  1. Did you have to order that in advance? Some places do that with certain duck dishes.

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    1. re: valleychowhound

      Nope. It took probably 15 - 20 minutes for the crispy skin to come. The lettuce wrap came after another 10 minutes.