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Oct 14, 2008 12:08 PM

Looking for Peking duck w/ mantou (fluffy buns) not pancakes

I'd love to find the best duck in C-town (or elsewhere in Manhattan), but am really looking for crispy-skin duck served with mantou (the fluffy, white-flour buns) and not with pancakes.
Any ideas? Help!

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  1. Not sure this place is around still:

    I think Golden Unicorn may do it in the white steamed buns rather than pancake wrapper. You can definitely get it that way in Flushing....

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    1. re: kathryn

      Manhattan Golden Unicorn does them that way too.

    2. Eldridge Dumpling House will do duck on a sesame pancake and I remember momofuku early on would do duck occasionally in addition to pork belly.

      1. Am I remembering correctly that this is a style served in Cantonese restaurants? The late Nice used to serve it this way..

        1. Where have you had this before? and by where I don't just mean locally? I've never seen it served this way in Beijing - not that its that farfetched.

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          1. re: Renguin

            most cantonese places serve it like fact ill bet almost every big cantonese banquet halls in manhattan serve it like that. I've had it a few times in ctown and flushing, but none of the versions are all that great (the defunct Nice Restaurant had the best version); i recently had one at Imperial Palace in flushing, but its way ehh.

            that said its generally not real peking duck as they don't cook it the same way, cooking a real one requires that you have a pretty high turnover and most restaurants can't get the type of turnover you need.

            i actually like the cantonese version, but its not going to be exactly like the ones in beijing

            meh76 - Try one of the big banquet halls in ctown, I can't recommend a good one as none of them have been that great. Actually, I think Hling said that Nice Green Bo has a decent version (i dont like that restaurant at all, but I've been thinking of stopping by solely to try their peking duck)

            1. re: Lau

              what I would deduce from this is that these restaurants are just serving roast duck on mantou. As you said Peking duck and roast duck are similar but not really the same thing. Run of the mill cantonese roast duck won't leave you with the skin as crispy and so much of the fat rendered off. The onlyh place I've bothered to order Peking duck in NYC is Peking duck house where they do the pancakes.

              1. re: Renguin

                thats exactly right and peking duck house does try to do it the real way although the place is just decent not great

            2. re: Renguin

              I've seen it like this in both Shanghai and Yunnan Province

              1. re: shanghaiknights

                I think the only time I had Beijing duck in Shanghai (living there, not visiting) was at Quanjude since its the famous beijing institution. While the duck was good, everything else was terrible and the service was bad too - total state owned restaurant scene. Now that I think about it I had had duck in mantou at other places but it was usually just some other variation of roast duck, not really Beijing style.

              2. re: Renguin

                I've also seen it served with steamed bread. I'm pretty sure I had some Peking duck served this way when I was in Beijing this summer.

                1. re: Renguin

                  Actually Reguin, almost all restaurants in Hong Kong serve peking duck with flour crepes and not mantou. It is sort of a "Manhattan" thing for Cantonese restaurants to use mantou.

                  Amazing 66, for instance, use mantou. but the peking duck was weak. Peking duck house, on the other hand, use crepes (though poor rendition of the crepes)

                  1. re: Renguin

                    I've actually only seen this in CA, though I'm not all that well eaten in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai (or NYC, for that matter).

                    1. re: cimui

                      Ditto -- growing up in California, I always associated Peking Duck with mantou.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        ditto kathryn as i grew up in CA as well

                        i have had it in HK w/ mantou, but ive only had it a couple of times there b/c my main goal eating wise isnt peking duck when im there

                      2. re: cimui

                        Yeah, it was probably only after 25 or 30 years of eating Peking Duck that I realized that there was an alternative to the fluffy bun.

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          i had it with crepes for most of my life and didn't discover the mantou treatment until i moved to LA after college -- but think i do prefer it CA style. mantou makes a hella great foil for the crispy skin. ;)

                    2. I had a pretty good duck on mantou at a restaurant called "ABC Restaurant" I believe, on Pell st. This was probably 2 years ago now so I don't know if it's still there. I also had great duck at a buffet in flushing a few months ago. can't remember the name but there are little food stands downstairs (including starbucks) and upstairs is the buffet and party rooms? East something? Maybe you can have just the duck downstairs.

                      I'm personally convinced that the peking duck house uses tortillas.

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                      1. re: missmarym

                        everyone seems to be getting hung up on mantou,"where's the duck?"

                        1. re: PAULSCOHEN

                          Everyone is hung up on mantou because the OP is specifically looking for duck with mantou, not pancake wrappers, which isn't easy to find in NYC.