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GTA search... UK style of Peking Duck - Crispy Aromatic Duck?!

tuttiface Apr 28, 2010 08:40 AM

Long time lurker, big fan of the chowhound forum :)

For my first post... the hubby lived in the UK for a while and reminisces about the UK style of peking duck called "Crispy Aromatic Duck"...I think i've heard it referred to as duck w/pancakes as well. See description below:


Has anyone come across anything of this sort in the GTA?

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    tuttiface Apr 29, 2010 08:33 AM

    Thanks everyone for your feedback....we'll be venturing out to a Sichuan restaurant at the next opportunity. Will update thread once it's done :)

    1. munchieHK Apr 28, 2010 08:53 AM

      I have never seen this in TO. I doubt you will find it. It is, as the article says, a British phenomenon. It's hard enough to find a decent regular Peking Duck here, let alone a deep fried one. I bet it originated in Scotland.

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      1. re: munchieHK
        Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 09:33 AM

        What the Brits call crispy aromatic duck is a Shanghainese dish called xiang1 su1 ya1. We have it in the San Francisco area, any Shanghainese restaurants in GTA?

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          skylineR33 Apr 28, 2010 11:03 AM

          Melanie, what is xiang1 su1 ya1 ? do you mean 香酥鴨 ? If yes, it is a Sichuan dish.

          1. re: skylineR33
            Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 11:25 AM

            Thank you, yes, that's it. And here's a recipe that id's it as a Sichuan dish as well.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              skylineR33 Apr 28, 2010 12:25 PM

              You are right that this dish can also be found in a lots of Shanghaiese restaurants because to be exact, it belongs to "Shanghai-style" Sichuan cuisine (海派川菜).

              tuttiface, you can find this dish in many Shanghaiese or Sichuan restaurants in GTA such as A la Kitchen, Good Taste, Chili Secret of Richmond Hill.

              1. re: skylineR33
                Royaljelly Apr 28, 2010 12:52 PM

                Szechuan Legend in Scarborough has it too. They really deep fry the thing to a crisp!

                Szechuan Legend
                3280 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

                1. re: skylineR33
                  Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 09:10 PM

                  I wish someone would correct the Wikipedia entry. This duck is not a mystery.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Teep Apr 28, 2010 09:59 PM

                    IIRC, the original Chinese dish 香酥鴨 is not shredded and served on pancakes with scallions and hoisin sauce. Maybe it's a UK variation?

                    1. re: Teep
                      Melanie Wong Apr 28, 2010 10:31 PM

                      I've had it served with buns in the San Francisco area, don't recall if the meat was shredded or not. Interestingly I found this recipe in a Beijing magazine that suggests an alternative of serving with pancakes, scallions ala Beijing.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        Teep Apr 29, 2010 07:07 AM

                        Thanks for that link, wikipedia entry updated!


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