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Good Peking Duck in Seattle Area?

TravelingBastards Jun 9, 2011 11:43 PM

Hi everyone: does anyone know of a place that serves good, crispy Peking duck? My husband has never tried it and I would like to take him somewhere authentic if possible.

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    Booklegger451 RE: TravelingBastards Jun 10, 2011 04:08 PM

    You might check out Kau Kau BBQ in the International District. Not fancy, but certainly good. If you're looking for a really traditional presentation of Beijing Duck, you may be out of luck. I haven't found anywhere that comes within a long toss of what you can get in Beijing.

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      TravelingBastards RE: Booklegger451 Jun 11, 2011 10:11 AM

      Thanks! I'm not worried about fancy; some of the best food I've had has come from hole-in-the-walls :-)

    2. RandyB RE: TravelingBastards Jun 10, 2011 10:22 PM

      I have heard that Yu Shan, on Lake City Way just north of NE 145th St, does a very good Beijing Duck. You need to order one day ahead. It's on my list of dishes to try, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

      Yu Shan
      14553 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155

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        TravelingBastards RE: RandyB Jun 11, 2011 10:11 AM

        Great, thanks! We'll check it out.

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        PeteSeattle RE: TravelingBastards Jun 21, 2011 04:16 PM

        Try buying a whole bird hanging in one of the barbecue stalls in the International District. If parking is a problem, there's a stall in the Viet-Wah grocery store on MLK and Graham. Those are probably cheaper, and ultimately better, alternatives than trying to find some in a restaurant.

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          TravelingBastards RE: PeteSeattle Jun 22, 2011 05:38 PM

          great idea, thanks!

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            DiggyK RE: PeteSeattle Jun 23, 2011 09:33 AM

            Actually peking duck and cantonese roast duck are prepared and presented differently. I guess you could make a reasonable approximation if you were to buy or make the pancakes (or split buns if you prefer) and serve it with the scallions, cucumber, and sweet bean paste/hoisin sauce. You'd probably need to reheat the cantonese roast duck to crisp up the skin as well otherwise it would be flabbier and fattier than a good peking duck.

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              pairswellwithwine RE: PeteSeattle Jun 23, 2011 09:48 AM

              I do this all the time. You can get them at Uwajimaya as well. I cut the meat off the bone and reheat in the oven to crisp the skin. Shanghai Garden in the ID has decent Peking Duck as well you need to reserve one day in advance.

              600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

              Shanghai Garden Restaurant
              80 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027

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                acgold7 RE: PeteSeattle Jul 26, 2011 07:23 PM

                If all you care about is the duck part, and not the atmosphere, presentation or side dishes, then the 99 Ranch Market on Highway 99 in Edmonds has the juiciest, crispiest Duck I've ever had in my life. Our Shanghainese exchange student gasped when she had it and said it tasted just like home. But you pretty much have to eat it right then and there on their little Formica tables in the food court. No amount of reheating at home can restore that lovely, crackly skin once it softens on the trip home.

                Kau Kau is indeed great as well.

                99 Ranch Market
                22511 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA

                99 Ranch Market
                18230 E Valley Hwy, Kent, WA

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                HungWeiLo RE: TravelingBastards Jul 27, 2011 07:41 AM

                The larger Cantonese restaurants (Imperial Garden, Tea Palace) will serve them, albeit with the thick Cantonese-style buns. Authentic presentation will involve thin crepe-like wraps - which is something I haven't seen in Seattle probably due to the labor intensiveness of making them.

                Several have suggested getting the duck from Cantonese BBQ vendors, but that's not the same thing.

                Yu Shan has one that's not too bad. In the ID, Harbor City and New Star have passable ones.

                Sadly, this is where we whip out the "go to Vancouver" card for a good, proper duck.

                Tea Palace Restaurant
                2828 Sunset, Renton, WA 98055

                Yu Shan
                14553 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155

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