Peking duck in Mississauga or Markham
I was wondering if anybody knew of any restaurants that had good peking duck in either Mississauga or Markham. My girlfriend loves the dish and I'd like to treat her, but I unfortunately haven't even had it, so know very little about the whereabouts of good peking duck.
Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!
For Markham, Dayali is the newest addition:
You can also try Peaktop (also try the roast suckling pork on a weekend) or Chung King (for duck only, other dishes are meh). Emperor on Bayview is good too, and cheap on monday nights (I think, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong). Brilliant is closed now. You can probably get decent Peking duck at the fancier places like Spring Villa, Casa Victoria, Casa Imperial, Crown Prince, etc.
Sadly Mississauga is not very good these days for Chinese food compared to the east end. You have Regal (not great), Emerald (HORRIBLE service), and two other options that are just 'ok' near the Oakville/Mississauga border.
If you're trying to stick to the West End, I do recommend venturing towards the airport and go to The Grand in the Double Tree Hotel. This is the best Chinese food option in the West and to be fair, it's quite good as far as Chinese food goes. Not the best compared to GTA East ones but if you're not liking the 45+ minutes trek to GTA East, this is a great option.
In Mississauga, Wah Fung is a pretty good peking duck place, but their specialty is the roast pork, you should definitely try that! It's been around for a pretty long time. It's better for takeout though - don't expect spectacular service or atmosphere.
Wah Fung: 4040 Creditview Road Mississauga
In a nut shell, Cantonese love to prepare pork in three different 'roasted or B-B-Q' ways or cut.
The most popular one is the 'B-B-Q pork aka Char Siu'. These are marinated pork segments, incorporating both lean and fatty parts, B-B-Q and basted with honey. These procedures give them the lovely smokey and burnt caramelized taste. Attached photo is the famous 'King of Char Siu' of John's B-B-Q in Richmond Hill.
Next, is the roasted option. The more common and less expensive version is roasted whole pig or selected smaller pieces like the belly part. Usually hang until the skin is dry, the boney interior is normally rubbed with salt and five spice powder and/or Hoi sin sauce...etc. Usually cut to order. I usually buy them by the number of ribs. Attached is the famous ' Glacier 3 layer pork belly version' from Hong Kong's Michelin 1* Lei Garden. Super crispy skin, middle layer of velvety fat and bottom layer of flavorful meat. OMG good!
Finally, the epitome of Cantonese roasted meat - the world famous 'Roasted Suckling Piglet'. The skin of this delicacy is even crispier and more addictive than the former, hence usually the main focal point. The meat and bones, though pretty tasty were very often overlook and ignored. Attached photo was also taken in a Michelin establishment in Hong Kong. Though, 'The Emperor' in Richmond Hill does a pretty decent job by GTA standard. They have a special on Fridays!
Sam Woo should have both the BBQ and Roasted version. You may give them a call just before the busy weekend to check whether they also offer the suckling pig version. If not, chances you might kill 3 birds with one stone at 'Peaktop' in First Markham place on Saturdays around 6.00 pm. They usually have all 3 versions available. However, better call ahead to reserve the more popular and 'fast selling' suckling piglet!!
re: Charles Yu
Fantastic post, thank you for this Charles! Finally some insight into this..
I've been to Sam Woo just recently and just got the BBQ Pork on rice, nice and simple. They always ask me if I want "gravy" on the rice but I always say no, mostly because I don't understand what the "gravy" is and don't want it to mask the flavor of the pork. What is the murky thick brown liquid they keep asking to put on my food?
Also you were right, as you mentioned, they have the roasted variety as well hanging there, but I have not tried that yet. Next time I will definitely order the "Two Combinations" and try the roasted option to go with the Char Siu
Terrific info, again, thanks!
Brady, you really can't beat Monday night at Emperor, it's only $20 vs. $30 - $40 elsewhere.
This leaves lots of budget to try a few other dishes, and the owners/service is quite lovely.