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China House, Bangkok

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klyeoh Jul 21, 2008 07:21 AM

Incredibly, I found one of the best Peking ducks not in Beijing or HK, but in Bangkok.

China House at the Oriental Bangkok was a beautiful, seductive restaurant. Jereme Leung of Whampoa Club is the restaurant's food consultant - which explained why its complimentary amuse-geule was the deconstructed drunken chicken (a Jereme Leung specialty) - poached wine-marinated chicken served in Martini glasses, topped with Shaoxing wine sorbet.

Simply loved the Peking duck at China House, definitely the best in Bangkok. Seafood was ultra-fresh, and every dish we ordered was a delight. I loved the sweet-sour pork, which went well with the China House Yangzhou fried rice - perfectly executed.

Unfortunately, the trademark dessert - mango pudding served in a dragonfruit shell was a bit of a letdown though. The jellies, accented by delicate tea-leaves & flowers, were a much better option.

Still, the flawless service by a well-trained service staff, clad in sexy dark qipaos (for female wait-staff) & long flowing silk tunics (for males) designed by Shanghai Tang, really made me feel that it's the best Chinese restaurant I've dined in for quite a while.