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Jan 21, 2009 12:18 PM

Peking Duck in Paris?

Hi everyone,

I've been lurking on ChowHound for a while , and up to now I have never had to post my own thread (you guys are just THAT helpful!).

A couple of weeks ago, I realised I had an intense craving for Peking Duck. I started my research, and so far the only place I have come across is Asia Palace. I was wondering what you guys thought of the Peking Duck at Asia Palace (I know that AP is a great restaurant, but I'm talking specifics here!). Also, I am open to any and all recommendations.
I don't necessarily need the 3-style serving of the duck, just the scallions+cucumber+hoisin sauce+duck in a pancake will suffice.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. It;s been a while, but I believe you can find it here:
    Tse Yang
    25, Av. Pierre 1er de Serbie
    75016 - Paris
    Arrondissement 16 Tel.: (+33) 01 47 20 70 22
    Fax: (+33) 01 49 52 03 68

    You should call ahead to confirm availability of the duck (which was served in three courses iirc). You also may wish to ask the price because I believe it is on the very expensive side. It's very elegant for a Chinese restaurant. Good luck.

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    1. re: deesher

      Great! Thanks, I will definitely check it out.

      I seem to have forgottten to mention that I am looking for "not too pricy". Of course, I know Peking Duck is all but so, but if you know of any cheaper places (I am a lowly student!), they would be welcome.

      1. re: rainbsprinkles

        I had some very good canard laquee at Restaurant Mirama, 17 Rue St Jacques, in the 5th recently. This address is in tourist central but the duck was fabulous, picture attached. I am not much of an expert on Asian food, but do not believe this is Peking duck strictly speaking, but you will be pleased. Price is about 11e for a plate full of this.

    2. The best real Peking Duck in town is at Vong, rue de la Grande Truanderie -- extraordinary setting, too. Btw. It's pretty expensive (I think the whole duck is almost 100eur) but worth it. Another good place for it is Diep, rue de Ponthieu in the 8th, only slightly less expensive. Asia palace does a lot of very good rotisserie, but they're not specialised in the Peking Duck as such.

      Tse yang is always a nice place to visit, too, and is also one of the fancy Chinese. You can also check Passy Mandarins in the 16th, across the street from the Passy market (which also has the best fish shop in town).

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      1. re: souphie

        Haven't eaten at Vong, so I don't know how it compares, but what about Chen Soleil d'Est?
        I know we already had roughly the same conversation on this board but, although I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone, their Peking Duck is quite good (around 80EUR for 2 if I remember correctly, so not really inexpensive). The rest of the menu and their wines were overpriced, in my opinion.

        Still if money is no object and for someone who wants something "special", this is worth the detour, somehow. It can be somewhat depressing, depending on how you look at it, too.

        1. re: olivierb

          Duck is not the way to go at Chen. It is a Vong, where it is way better. I like Chen for his inspired starters. And I like the Blade Runner setting and how unexpected the whole experience is.

          1. re: souphie

            I'll really have to try Vong then.

            Inspired starters at Chen? I don't know... I can't say the zucchini/crab I had was fantastic, but in hindsight I think I'm being unreasonably harsh with this restaurant.
            The more I think about it, the more I think it's just too expensive and that, apart from that, the experience of having dinner there is quite something. Or maybe the "expensive" bit is part of the whole experience, too.

            1. re: olivierb

              Inspired by traditional Chinese cuisine and nouvelle cuisine, yes, like those dim-sums with truffle or indeed those stuffed zucchini flowers.

      2. With all due respect to the poster who recommended it, please don't go to Mirama. Their food is just not very good -- not the worst I've ever eaten, but far, far, far from good.

        Actually, if you're looking for good Peking duck and you're willing to do a little legwork, I suggest you buy a pre-roasted duck in the 13ème -- Likafo and several other places have them hanging in their windows. Buy it whole (uncut). It should cost about 20 euros or so. Take it home, put it on a rack in a very low oven (150-200 degrees F), with a shallow pan of water underneath. Let it roast slowly, the fat will render and the meat will become more tender (about 3-4 hours). When all the fat is rendered, remove from the oven. Peel the skin away from the breast meat, and place the skin on a rack in a hotter (350 degrees F) oven until it is crisp. Carve the duck and when the skin is crisped cut into serving portions with scissors. Enjoy with plum sauce, slivered scallions, cilantro and julienned cucumbers.

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        1. re: Cookingthebooks

          Sorry but those ducks I posted a picture of are delicious. I can't speak to the rest of the stuff at Mirama but the ducks are quite good, ate there 3 times in 2 weeks.

          1. re: Cookingthebooks

            Mirama's best dish is their soup with shrimp raviolis and noodles. Worth going for that.

            1. re: rjkaneda

              Pics of both here:

              The duck was pretty crappy that day, soup was indeed pleasant.

              1. re: rjkaneda

                I agree that the wonton soup at Mirama is pleasant. But once you try the shrimp wontons at Likafo, you will be corrupted -- they are really, really good, possibly the best in Paris.

                Likafo is slightly more inconvenient (at least for me), however.

                Here's some pix of Likafo's wonton soup on my blog:

                1. re: Cookingthebooks

                  Again, totally agree with you and will link to your blog. Here are my Likafo pictures:

                  Délices de Shuandong did not disapoint, though I probably prefer Yong for Shuandong food, which is more rustic, more tasty.

                  1. re: Cookingthebooks

                    Went to Likafo this past Saturday (Feb 28, 2009). Had the soup, mixed vegetables, and the chow fun beef w/black bean sauce mentioned in one of the links. Tried to be open-minded but ended up preferring Mirama, whose portions are smaller but where the cooking is a tad more refined. My wife (native Parisian) preferred Mirama hands down. However, we agreed that Likafo was worth trying and worth going to again if we are in the neighborhood at mealtime.

              2. New Nouilville in the 19th has some great dim sum and exellent Bejing Duck.

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                1. re: gastrognome

                  I love the New Nioulaville. (Note correct spelling - everyone gets it wrong, usually including me, but I just looked it up.) It passes my own dim sum test - the Lo Bak Ko. Fried turnip cakes (but often made from radish or some other root vegetable) freshly made and crisp on the outside. Late at night, there are no chariots of dim sum but you can still order it. Very reasonably priced.
                  Never tried their duck, but I will next time.