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  • kevin Apr 10, 2011 12:01 AM
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Where would you go in LA or LA environs for it?


Think very cripsy skin lacquered with mahony, delicious duck slices and buns to wrap them up in.

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  1. There will be someone who talks about the Duck House (fka Lu Din Gee and still called that in Chinese), but for my money the best Beijing kao ya is at Tri Village in Irvine. 2 hours' notice; they'll offer to make you the soup but any other duck preparations (jie mo ya zhang, run chang, stir-fried meat with sprouts) you'll need to ask for when you order the duck.

    Tri Village
    14121 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92620

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I forgot to mention i don't need the soup nor other stuff, just the buns and that cripsy duck skin and duck meat....

      1. re: kevin

        And you can get just that and it's very good, though they use pancakes. The skin is outstanding.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          IIRC you can choose whether you want pancakes or buns at Lu Ding Ji.

          I don't eat meat, but my dining companions enjoyed their experience last time I was here, and the environment (and other dishes) were also great.

    2. Beijing Duck House has gotten generally positive reviews thus far (see links below), but I must admit the one time I was there I was thoroughly unimpressed.

      Decide for yourself.

      Previous discussion of Beijing Duck House:

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        ipse, so beijing duck house was not good at all, a lot have metnioned that the presentation was the only good thing, but if i want to see i show i'm going to see teh merchant of venice at the broad, etc.

        ffor duck i'm all about that crispy skin if at all possible.

        have any of you guys tried the duck at Tasty Duck in San Gabriel, what do you think???

        1. re: kevin

          Yujean Kangs in Pasadena. Has all that you are looking for.

          1. re: kevin

            If all you care about is the duck (skin and meat) and not the presentation or having it done three ways, then why not just go to any Canto BBQ restaurant get yourself a whole roasted duck? Given the way most Peking Duck restaurants States-side skew pretty far from tradition, it'll save you alot of trouble as well as money.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I've got to admit, sometimes when I just want to satisfy the craving for the meat and skin without going through a lot of trouble, I just go to Gourmet Island. It can be a little bit of a hit or miss. But when it's on, it's solid enough to satisfy the craving at a inexpensive price. Skin is crispy, meat is tasty. Juicy but not fatty. Good sized portions, no need to call ahead, just walk in, grab a table and order.

              1. re: Jase

                But see, that's exactly what I mean.

                The duck at Gourmet Island is really just Cantonese roast duck dressed up and called "Peking Duck" on the menu because they plate it with all the accoutrements normally served with Pecking Duck (e.g. shrimp chips, buns, scallions, hoisin sauce, etc.)

                Nothing really wrong that (unless the Peking Duck Trademark Assoc. gets a wind of it), and like you say, it's tasty enough and satisfies the itch.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Don't forget the part about slicing it up so it mimics the look.

                  1. re: Jase

                    ... or charging you 2x what a Canto BBQ place like Sam Woo would charge you for the roast duck.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I love, love Sam Woo roast duck. It's comfort food for me. But their skin and meat is just different enough even if you sliced it up peking duck style that it doesn't quite satisfy the itch. Somehow Gourmet Island's version does. Don't know why. Then again it's been years since I've had great peking duck so maybe the taste buds memories are just going. I need to make it down to Tri Village.

                      Tri Village
                      14121 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92620

                      Sam Woo Cafe
                      727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      1. re: Jase

                        I think they deep-fry the ducks.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    that's what i'll do in that case, thanks guys.

          2. You might want to clarify whether you're looking for buns or pancakes, since buns are traditionally served with the Cantonese/southern interpretation of Beijing Duck, whereas the pancakes are served with the northern/Beijing style version of the dish.

            And despite that the Beijing Duck House menu refers to them as "bums", they do in fact use the pancakes.


            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              From the take-out menu:
              12 Bums for 10 Person (Extra Bums 5.00/12 pec)

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Chinois does a roast Cantonese duck with the buns - delicious. It's always on the menu and it is a Chinois classic dish.

                Pics here:

                2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  I guess it's rather cheap to "throw the bums out".