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Apr 19, 2012 11:50 AM

Does anyone know where I can get authentic British style Crispy Duck Pancakes in Toronto?

Hi there!

I recently moved home from Europe and upon returning I have realized that my favourite dish, crispy duck pancakes with hoisin sauce, spring onions and cucumber, was actually some invention by the British-a combination of Cantonese and something else.

I'm hoping someone can tell me where I could find this. In England its not a starter, but your main meal. I'm looking for somewhere in Toronto that sells the duck by the half or a very least a quarter!

Thanks! :)

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  1. Have you had Peking duck here and if so how is it different from this British dish?

    4 Replies
    1. re: Teep

      I think traditional Peking duck is a time consuming endeavor requiring soaking, maltose, air drying and then cooking in a brick oven or hanging in a wood fire oven. Most modern restaurants don't have these facilities and hence crispy duck was invented. It's steamed and then deep fried. I think most of the "Peking ducks" in Toronto are cooked this way. I may be wrong and someone out there will probably correct me.

      1. re: ukers

        Does anyone know if this is how Peking Ducks are mostly prepared in Toronto? Supposedly the meat has less fat and is drier and crispier compared to that of traditionally prepared Peking Duck....that doesn't sound too bad! Deep fried duck doesn't sound as healthy though.....

        1. re: T Long

          I've been told that the deep frying, at least as a finish, is a Hong Kong invention that has caught on everywhere, even in China.

          1. re: Teep

            The deep fry finishing is very believable. I guess one could legitimately order "authentic crispy duck pancakes", British style, Hong Kong style, or Peking style (just don't call it Chinese-Canadian style). And end up with the same thing. Love the term "authentic".

    2. Try Peaktop restaurant in First Markham Place. But it is the whole duck!