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Chinese Pressed Duck- Where can I find it???

wendy8869 Dec 20, 2005 12:20 AM

Going out on a limb here, but I used to eat Chinese Pressed Duck when I was a kid from a place called Jack's Chinese in Bellflower many years ago. It was thin squares of duck, pressed and deep fried, in a sweet sauce. Thanx!!!

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    tdo ca Feb 25, 2007 01:07 PM

    doesn't Trader Vic's still serve that?

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      justagthing Feb 25, 2007 12:00 PM

      Sorry to say that we just closed Jack's last year. I will see if I can get the recipe for you, but it was my granpa who made that and he passes away last year.

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      1. re: justagthing
        wendy8869 Feb 27, 2007 01:58 PM

        Sad to hear Jack's finally closed... My parents (who moved out of state almost 10 years ago) always used to get their "Connoisseur Special" until they changed the specials- I loved everything in that combo and have been looking all over to find a place with similar food and just as good quality- haven't found it yet. I'm actually turning 30 years old this year and can't remember not having Jack's for our special occasions and not so special occasions. It was my comfort food. My parents hardly ever ate out so Jack's was our goto for times like Christmas Eve... it was a tradition every year. I remember going up to the small counter as a little girl with my mom and playing with that cool plant on the counter with the leaves that closed when you touched them... Jack's will always be remembered, at least by me. :-) Please let me know if your family ever opens another place or if you know of a place with similar items. I'll be there.

        1. re: wendy8869
          wendy8869 Feb 27, 2007 03:21 PM

          Heck, as an underground trade, I'd even pay 2, 3, even 4 times the price of that combo just to to have it again... if you still have family that know the recipes to make it, I'd certainly meet you anywhere you'd like to make the trade. If there's one thing I've learned since my parents raised me down here in the Norwalk area and then left me and my brother here and moved to Montana, the one thing I miss is my mom's cooking. No matter how many times I've asked mom for her recipe on numerous things and then tried to recreate them myself, there's always something missing. It's just not the same. A person puts a part of themselves in good cooking and that can't be recreated. So even if you could get me a recipe for any of Jack's items, I know I couldn't make it like your family could (although I'd be willing to try if you have the recipes instead :-)

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        Silverlake Bodhisattva Dec 20, 2005 06:01 PM

        I recall a thread within the year on this topic; I just haven't found it yet. In fact, I think that I recall that Hugh Lipton was in on the thread, and with that additional datum, I STILL haven't found it.

        Hi, Hugh.

        r Gould-Saltman

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        1. re: Silverlake Bodhisattva
          Hugh Lipton Dec 29, 2005 08:41 PM

          Head for San Francisco and go to the Yet Wah in the boulevards.

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          Phyllis Gottlieb Dec 20, 2005 04:59 PM

          I was surprised to find this dish of childhood memory at Thai House on Pico west of La Cienega. It is called Honey Duck. Still delicious. Inexplicably they also have Cantonese style ribs. They also have the best squid (never rubbery) I've encountered, as well as really
          excellent and generous Thai dishes.

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            Chandavkl Dec 20, 2005 12:46 AM

            I think Paul's Kitchen still has it--San Pedro St. in downtown L.A. and Atlantic Bl. in Monterey Park.

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