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Nov 16, 2011 08:44 AM

duck, duck and more duck

Any suggestions for a really good but not expensive peking duck restaurant? Also,I heard that there is a restaurant that specializes in duck dishes but lost the address. I hope that someone can come up with a name and address.

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    1. Several years ago, we had a chowdown at Five Happiness on Geary with duck three ways: Peking, tea-smoked and boned/stuffed. All were very good (tea-smoked was my favorite), prices were reasonable, and the owner is accommodating, generous with advice and recommendations.

      Here's a thread with generally enthusiastic comments:

      Five Happiness
      4142 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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      1. re: dordogne

        The link you shared refers to this page.

        1. re: tpc

          Oops, thank you for the catch; here's the correct link to the 2009 chowdown thread:

        2. re: dordogne

          I don't like to order tea-smoked and Peking duck in the same meal because the tea-smoked always makes the Peking seem relatively lame.

          My favorite tea-smoked is at Great China in Berkeley.

          Great China Restaurant
          2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Agreed re the movie star flash of tea-smoked duck (same phenomenon at work in California palates weaned on fruit bomb cabernets, dead to the wonders of burgundies), but the restaurant was careful to order and pace the courses, including an excellent platter of cold appetizers. Though I don't remember whether the Peking duck preceded the tea-smoked version. Also agreed, Great China does a great version--of both.

            Great China Restaurant
            2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

        3. Liou's House in Milpitas does an advanced order 8 treasures stuffed duck (aka crispy skin sticky rice stuffed duck).

          Here's a review from a Taiwanese blogger

          Yum's Bistro in Fremont also does a variatio / Cantonese interpretation of that (never had it but it should be fantastic) which is now listed on their updated menu also in English, pre-order required at $45.

          Joy in Foster City also offers an advanced order 8 treasures stuffed duck. There may be other scattered Bay Area Chinese restaurants that might do this too.

          Liou's House
          1245 Jacklin Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035

          Yum's Bistro
          4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555

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          1. re: K K

            The stuffed duck at Yum's Bistro is great.

            The version at San Francisco's Hakka is also fantastic. I've had it three times now (advance order).

            Have also tried Joy's about four years ago or so. Not a success.

            And for the OP, there is Peking Duck restaurant in Palo Alto. But the Peking duck's not as good as Great China or Five Happiness turns out.

            Joy Restaurant
            1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

            Peking Duck
            151 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

            Yum's Bistro
            4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555

            Hakka Restaurant
            4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121

          2. Daimo at the Pacific Mall in Richmond has Peking duck and BBQ duck, in a variety of configurations. Barbecue is their specialty.


            1. Win's in the Outer Sunset has really succulent roast duck, especially during the day. Their menu is generally surprisingly inexpensive. In the East Bay, I usually go to Gum Wah.

              Gum Wah
              345 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607