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Seeking Peking Duck with soft bun

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  • JonWu Dec 30, 2010 02:33 PM

Ever since Dai Hong Lau(sp?) on Mott Street went belly up. I have been seeking a replacement peking duck place in Chinatown that serves fatty duck with crispy skin on SOFT BUNS! Health reasons aside, peking duck (Peking field duck) is supposed to be fatty, they take the fattest ducks from the field, slightly separate the skin from the layer of cellulose BEFORE roasting it so that the duck is juicy but the juice doesnt make the skin soggy. That being said, you cannot eat a juicy, fat filled piece of duck with pancakes that do not absorb the fat, it just creates a big mess. So, please dont post about Peking Duck House or any other restaurants that serve duck on a pancake. Yes, its done in China too, but guess what thats done in restaurants that don't serve their duck plump and juicy like how it should be. Bottom line, fat and juicy and crispy skin that melts in your mouth and a bun that absorbs the juice. Let me know.

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Peking Duck House
236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Although you don't seem to be a fan of Peking Duck House they do have the buns you seek. All you have to do is ask and they will kindly bring you steamed buns for the duck...at least they did when I ate there last year.

    They'll also make a soup with the carcass if you want, though it was loaded with MSG.

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    Peking Duck House
    28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Amazing 66 serves peking duck with soft buns.

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      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: fm1963

        Thank you, I will try doing that. I only went once to Peking Duck House, and I was a guest so I did not ask for anything. I didn't know you could ask. I have read some good things about Amazing 66, so I will give that a try as well.

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        Amazing 66
        66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Peking Duck House
        28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: JonWu

          No problem. Like you, I also prefer the steamed buns with my peking duck, anyways, I just wanted to let you and anyone else who prefers the steamed buns know they have them if you ask. Fyi, not that it should matter, but I ate at the Mott street location, not the one uptown so I can't be sure both locations carry them.

          I also enjoy Amazing 66, especially the short ribs cooked in pumpkin.

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          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: TheDegustationAsian

            Yes I love the short ribs cooked in pumpkin. Also the fried chicken!

            1. re: fm1963

              Peking Duck is a combination of three dishes; one which is the duck meat and skin in a soft bun. That is, IIRC, it always comes in a soft bun; so you are essentially looking for a nice PD specialist. :-)

              I like Amazing 66 in general, but I don't think their PD is good enough: they are southern through and through.

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              Amazing 66
              66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      2. History repeats itself.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/564739

        1. I actually went to Amazing 66 Thursday evening. It was really crowded, but I got there just before the rush and got a table right away. The Peking Duck was decent, but not great. They served way too much of the meat with the duck. I would have rathered they sliced it closer to the skin with less meat. The buns stuck to the bottom of the bamboo steamer it came in so you had to dig at it to get it off, and sometimes it broke apart. And of course its self serve, which I expected here in Manhattan. Overall it was not a bad experience, although I am still on the lookout for a better alternative.

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          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: JonWu

            they serve it at hsin wong and they advertise it on the wall if you go in. i've seen people order it and it looks pretty good. i'm a big fan of the cantonese version, which is actually a roast duck and give you mantou (buns) as opposed to pancakes. I've been meaning to try it soon, so i'll let you know how it is when i go

          2. Try Oriental Garden.

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            Oriental Garden
            14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

            1. The soft dun was actually innovated by Cantonese partly because they don't enjoy the scallion and sweet sauce as much as northern Chinese do. It has nothing to do with how juicy or plump the duck is, at least in terms of its origination.

              1. Had a nice version, recently, at Red Egg

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                Red Egg
                202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013