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Peking Duck Dinners in Wan Chai?

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mrsphud Aug 20, 2013 08:34 AM

So at one time (long ago) I had read that that no trip to China was complete without a Peking Duck Dinner served in several courses concluding with soup made from the bones of your duck. Is this still true? If so, where might we go to enjoy such a meal? What about other extraordinary poultry dishes that one is not typically served outside China?

  1. scoopG Aug 21, 2013 05:28 AM

    Proceed directly to the American Restaurant on Lockart Road - a Hongkong institution for 50+ years.

    http://hk.dining.asiatatler.com/top5s...

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      klyeoh Aug 21, 2013 07:45 AM

      I'd *always* wanted to try the American Restaurant but never did! Any standout dishes there besides their Peking Duck?

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        Charles Yu Aug 21, 2013 07:40 PM

        I haven't been for years. But I used to LOVE their Spring Chicken!!

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          klyeoh Aug 21, 2013 07:52 PM

          Thanks, Charles. I'll need to check that out when I visit HK next. Currently mulling over my year-end/Christmas destination: Hong Kong, Manila or Perth. Also, I might be relocating back home to Singapore this year or next, quite an effort considering the amount of collectibles and books I'd procured in my last 2 years in Kuala Lumpur :-D

        2. re: klyeoh
          scoopG Aug 22, 2013 01:56 PM

          I'd stick with the vegetables dishes after ordering the duck. Never tried the Spring Chicken. The place is in a time warp, circa 1960.

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            PhilD Aug 22, 2013 03:14 PM

            A time warp? Not really, it's a popular place for tourists amonst the girlie bars and massage parlours of Wan Chai. My last meal there was very very average.

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              scoopG Aug 22, 2013 03:21 PM

              I lived in Hongkong for five years in the late 1980's and it was a popular place for expats and locals. I've been back three times since 2000 and the place is still going strong - and still serves excellent Peking Duck.

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                PhilD Aug 22, 2013 04:51 PM

                Well I still live here and really hesitate recommending it. It works well after a shed full of beer but I wouldn't hold it up as a great place for duck given the number of other options. If you want as solid option Peking Garden (multiple branches) isn't bad - one in Pacific Place (close to wan chai) and another in Alexander House (central)

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                  klyeoh Aug 22, 2013 07:59 PM

                  Peking Garden at Alexandra House was my go-to place for Peking duck in HK all these years.

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                    scoopG Aug 23, 2013 03:46 AM

                    While I have not been to the American restaurant since 2010 - I dare say it's Peking Duck is comparable to the Maxim's chain Peking Garden branches. Of course not on par with what you can get in Taipei but good enough.

          2. re: scoopG
            PhilD Aug 22, 2013 05:34 AM

            It's old but is it any good? Not certain about that, I have had a number of meals there but nothing worth recommending. For duck how about Peking Garden - safe but reliable and reasonable price for duck.

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              Uncle Yabai Aug 22, 2013 05:57 AM

              The best I've had was at the IC in Kowloon. But that's not Wan Chai.

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