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Where Can I find a really good Peking-style Chinese duck preparation and/or to go?

We recently have a frankly miserable chinese duck in at Sam Woo in Alhambra. Skin wasn't very crisp. Meat didn't have a lot of flavor. It was cold with a vaguely warm exterior. Sluiced with a fatty hot liquid that didn't taste all that good. Perhaps it was supposed to warm it up? Everything else we ordered was *so salty* and *so full of MSG* that even our kids would barely touch it and none of us have salt/MSG issues. And we were all famished after the RenFair so it had to be the food.

Sad. The last time we had good duck it took our family (Mr. JudiAU, me, two chowpups) 12 minutes to eat said duck.

We need duck.

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  1. Tasty Duck
    1039 E Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 572-3885

    1. Also, the Peking duck wrapper needs to be thinner. I'm more used to the thin tortilla-esque wrapper in Asia (like the ones they use for that oh-so-authentic Americanized moo shu pork), but in L.A. most Peking ducks I've seen have been served with the thick, mantou-esque bread (Momofuku-style).

      1. Joss Cuisine/Traditional on Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Century City has very good Peking Duck.

          1. re: ns1

            Not Duck House?

            Duck House.

            It is served with the crepes. You can get it 3 ways with soup and meat sautéed with sprouts. 4 ways if you order a side of the tongue/jowls fried.

          2. Sam Woo isn't known for peking style duck. I'm not even sure if they serve it there because no one would order it there.

            "fatty hot liquid"

            you mean the fatty duck oil/sauce that goes great with rice?

            I'm not saying that all sam woo's are amazing, but this may be a case of unrealistic expectations.. especially if you were looking for peking style and bought cantonese bbq style..

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            1. re: blimpbinge

              with that said, i'd recommend Lu Din Gee (aka Duck House) on atlantic in monterey park


              Tasty Duck in the Golden World Plaza in san gabriel

            2. Probably shouldn't have requested "peking style duck" when really I want "tasty roast duck" recommendations as well. Maybe it was simply a really off night at SW because the roast duck we had was simply not tasty at all. And the sauce which should have been delicous and ducky and oily and fragrant simply wasn't. Terribly dissappointing.

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              1. re: JudiAU

                yea sometimes, due to the ducks sitting around for too long, or simply because they make too many at once, I feel that sam woo's quality occasionally is poor.

                I will be specifically looking for (cantonese) roast duck rice in the next day weeks. Ever since The Kitchen on valley closed, I lost my "go to".

              2. If you can plan ahead, say a day or two, Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City makes a very good one. Not on the menu, yet served upon advance notice.
                I had it last night, and three of us could not be more satisfied.
                11420 Ventura Blvd., @ Tujunga
                And the commute is better!

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                1. re: carter

                  How did you find out about that? Before moving to Vegas, that had been my go-to Chinese place since they opened at what is now Take a Bau. I wish I'd known about it.

                2. Xian in BH has a pretty good duck, surprisingly.

                  Half duck, with pancakes and scallions, is around $18 I think.

                  While maybe not the most authentic Chinese, I find it pretty good anyways...certainly better than the other options in the neighborhood.

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