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Sep 3, 2013 05:14 PM

Peking Duck [split from Los Angeles High-end Chinese thread]

We tried Made In China, Li Qin and the original Qianmen Quanjude. I wanted to get to Da Dong also, but we didn't make it.

Quanjude was exceptional. Deep, rich, tender, smoky meat and perfectly crisp skin. The other two were entirely forgettable.

Mr Taster

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  1. Liked Da Dong more than Made in China. According to the China boards, Quanjude was mostly for tourists these days when I did my query 2 years ago so we skipped it.

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    1. re: Porthos

      >>Quanjude was mostly for tourists these days when I did my query 2 years ago so we skipped it.

      That's kind of a strange thing to hear considering that Made In China is located in a massive Hyatt hotel!

      I was there in 2006 before the Olympics. The Qianmen area was under heavy construction, but Quanjude remained fully intact. The place has a ~200 year history so touristic or not, it's worth a visit. I don't remember seeing any other laowai during our visit, but I may need to check the photographic archives.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Da Dong was no better. It was located in a giant mall. The duck was okay, the rest of the menu was actually pretty delicious. One of those monster picture menus.

    2. Quanjude and Da Dong make me weep with joy.

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      1. re: Pookipichu

        Same sentiments here - I have quite a liking for Quanjude @ Qianmen because that's the first place I had the Peking duck in Beijing itself back in the 1980s. Before that, I'd only had HK and Singaporean renditions of the Peking duck, somewhat tweaked to suit local tastes respectively in HK and Singapore.

        Li Qun was very atmospheric, absolutely rustic and a total contrast to the sophisticated Made in China (I must have eaten there half a dozen times in its first year). I still remembered the time when Grand Hyatt first opened in Beijing, an oasis of modernity in a still pretty alien city for me in those years.

        Da Dong, IMHO, serves the best Peking duck ever - it'll be my choice if I have time to have only *one* Peking duck meal in Beijing.

      2. This discussion emerged from a thread on the Los Angeles board, here: .

        1. My favourite Peking duck is from Peking Garden in Alexandra House, Hong Kong. I prefer HK's way of carving the duck where you get a bit of meat with each cut of ski. In China, they usually only slice off the skin to serve.

          1. Does anyone have opinions on which location of Da Dong is better... and if it's significantly better or just a little.
            I am contemplating between the Dongsi location and the JinBao Street location. Thanks