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Need Help! Peking Duck and Roasted Crabs in South Bay

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yuko Oct 26, 2012 11:55 AM

I have a visitor from Midwest who had specifically requested that she wants to get roasted crabs and Peking duck. I live in South Bay so I do not want to drive all the way to San Francisco or even Peninsula unless there are no good options in South Bay. I have taken my friend to PPQ (which she really liked) and also to Peking Duck Restaurant in Palo Alto (which was underwhelming). Greatly appreciate your input!

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    Dustin_E Oct 28, 2012 03:18 PM

    yum's bistro in fremont. their crab is awesome. i haven't had their duck, but i'd expect good things.

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      yuko Oct 29, 2012 12:16 PM

      Thank you for the recommendation on Yum's Bistro. Could you tell me how their crabs are prepared? Since my friend is a huge fan of PPQ, I am hoping that I can find alternate place in S. Bay. Thanks!

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        Dustin_E Oct 29, 2012 01:44 PM

        they have like 10 different crab preparations. i think there is a thread from about a year ago detailing a lot of them.

        my favorite has been "under the bridge crab" -- it is dry fried with spices. this is my favorite whole-crab dish i've had in the bay area (i live in sf, and have had ppq's and r&g's several times). i'm pretty sure this preparation is extremely popular in hong kong -- i saw lots of people in street stalls eating something very similar looking.

        i've also had jakarta crab, which was nice, but too sweet for my taste. also had lobster in supreme broth (they will also do this preparation for crab too.) but the flavor was a little too mellow for me.

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          Melanie Wong Oct 29, 2012 07:15 PM

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777275

    2. Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 07:31 PM

      You might try Cooking Papa in Santa Clara.
      http://www.mycookingpapa.com/menu/menu.htm

      I had the Peking duck at the Foster City location and recommend it.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874712
      Has anyone had this at the Santa Clara original?

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        Claudette Oct 28, 2012 03:01 PM

        I have several times, and it's pretty good, but not as good as the Peking Duck at Fu Lam Mum in Cupertino - terrific crispy skin, and flavorful meat (much tastier, and meatier than the duck at 99 Ranch) and ethereal buns. Half price on Tues/Thursdays, too!

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          FattyDumplin Oct 29, 2012 11:33 AM

          I've often eaten the PD at FLM (Mountain View) and just had the PD at Cooking Papa yesterday. I have to say I prefer the latter. While the duck at FLM is a bargain (especially with the discount), I found it to be much greasier and the anise taste is overwhelming. That being said, the Cooking Papa duck comes with crispy squares of skin with all the fat rendered and a few pieces of meat / bone. Whereas the FLM duck feels fattier and less cripsy, but comes with a lot more meat. I enjoy them both, just don't love the additional seasoning at FLM.

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            yuko Oct 29, 2012 12:14 PM

            That sounds great. Thank you for the recommendation. I have only tried roasted duck at Cooking Papa, which I was underwhelmed (waay too fatty and not much meat), so I am glad to hear that their Peking Duck has crispy skins. Will definitely try!

      2. letsindulge Oct 26, 2012 12:14 PM

        99 ranch for roast duck. Maybe they'll have fresh crab in the tank for you to DIY.

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          Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 07:29 PM

          99 Ranch has Cantonese roast duck. Does it also make Peking duck with the accoutrements?

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