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Nov 23, 2009 07:59 PM

Peking Duck- San Diego?

I don't know if it's that time of year and the Christmas Story is coming back on soon but I am having a serious hankering for some Peking Duck. Does anyone know any good places for some. Thanks!

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  1. Our favorite to date is the one at Pearl in Rancho Bernardo. I think the regular menu price is $36, but every time we've been there it's been "on special" for $22. At that price, it's the cheapest and the tastiest. You also get little drumsticks instead of just body meat (and skin).

    We've also tried the one at Golden City (Kearny Mesa) and it's $26 (??) and pretty tasty. Sometimes the onions are a little tough, though.

    I didn't like the one at China Max. The steamed buns were a little small, at least it seemed like that to us. The duck was okay, but I swear we (4 people) were still hungry afterwards. And that hasn't happened with any other Peking Ducks.

    I'm pretty sure there are other places with good Peking Duck in SD... those are just the ones we've tried. If you do a Peking Duck search on Kirk's site, you'll find a good roundup and pictures.

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    1. re: leanneabe

      The thing I like about Golden City is getting to watch them carve the duck tableside, which if I recall correctly is the only place that we've seen that. But their onions ARE always a little sad looking.

      While every in-house Peking Duck dining at experience at Pearl has been good, I've gotten takeout Peking Duck (2 ways) from Pearl twice in the past few months, so I could eat all I want by myself while my husband was out of town. They were very generous with the steamed buns, sauce, and onions. One time the duck was perfect. The second time, it was kind of cold/congealed and extra not particularly satisfying. I'll probably avoid takeout in the future, unless my craving is too great and I can't find anybody to dine with me. :)

      1. re: camilles

        Hey! You know I'd always help you polish off a Peking Duck!

        1. re: camilles

          They carve it table side at China Max, although I've never ate it there. I go to so many weddings that are always at Chinese restaurants that I get all the peking duck, walnut shrimp, abalone etc. I can eat hehe. But every once in a while if there is a lull in weddings I get a craving for peking duck and walnut shrimp.

      2. If you just want a roast duck with crispy skin then Sam Woo does a nice take out but the region doesn't really have a consistent winner for best Peking duck. Mmm-yoso did a write up not so long ago.

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        1. re: oerdin

          Roast duck with crispy skin is good, but it's a) not always crispy and b) kind of a different flavor from Peking duck. At least for me, if I'm craving Peking Duck, roast duck would not satisfy me.

          1. re: leanneabe

            Which would be the reason I said "If all you want is roast duck..." ;)

        2. WE like to order it when we are at either Emerald or Jasamine.

          1. I jsut received the IOWA FARMS newsletter and they are having a special on frozen PEKIN DUCKS. Go to the bottom of the link.


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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              I love Peking duck (the only time I had the real deal was in Beijing so I do not think I will try and duplicate that knee buckling experience...) but I also love roast duck and being new to the area wonder if any of the Chinese markets have roasted duck available for takeout in the deli. Anyone know?

              1. re: lyn

                Sam Woo BBQ restaurant, at the northeast corner of 99 Ranch Market ALWAYS has plenty of roasted ducks to go. You can get them whole or they will chop them up for you. Very tasty.

                Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant
                7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #103, San Diego, CA 92111-1125
                (858) 505-9888 ‎

                99 Ranch Market
                7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

            2. All the peking ducks I've had in San Diego appeared to have been deep fried, and they all taste pretty much the same. I think Golden City and China Max have a 2 entree special where after eating the skin, you can have it in lettuce cups or just the bones/meat.

              Golden City Restaurant
              5375 Kearny Villa Rd Ste 107, San Diego, CA 92123

              China Max Restaurant
              4698 Convoy St Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111