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Duck King in Boca Raton

Has anyone tried this new Chinese restaurant? https://www.facebook.com/DuckKingBoca

The fact that they serve sushi makes me doubt their authenticity. They have raving reviews that sound a bit suspicious so I was wondering if any chowhounders have checked it out.

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  1. From the address it looks like the same location that has been "Spicy Ginger" for the past year or so.

    I went a few times and it was not busy at all.. so perhaps either new owners or a rebranding.

    I'll check it out for lunch soon.

    And their social media person should realize that lots of exclamation points in every post don't really get folks all that excited!!!!!!!

    Good food works better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. re: CFByrne

      We finally have good Chinese in Boca Raton!

      It's not a rebranded Spicy Ginger. I like it better than my other favorite, Silver Pond. The staff barely speak English but are friendly.

      They also have Japanese items on the menu. We haven't tried any of them yet.

      1. re: Mat Josher

        Just came from here.

        This is the best Chinese I've had south of NYC and north of Hong Kong City in Lauderhill.

        Very little English spoken. The 4 other tables all were filled with Asians. The few somewhat Americanized dishes I ordered all had that special "this is authentic Chinese cooking" flavor. More soon...

        But if you like Chinese, I would say this is definitely very well worth checking out.

        Fair prices, very big portions, and if you like hot, you will get hot.

        1. re: CFByrne

          BTW they seem to have 2 menus (also a good sign).

          The more formal sit-down menu which I think is the "Chinese" menu as it was mostly characters with English translations off to the side.

          The take-out menu is the more Americanized one.

          So if you go, you may want to take a gander at both - just for a better idea of what's available etc.

    2. I want to see the menu before I go. Called the restaurant and the man that answered the phone could hardly speak english. I guess that is a good sign in terms of the food.

      1. thanks for the update - look forward to hearing about your experience

        1. Returned here last night and had another good experience.

          This time a young Asian lady served us, She was very good and had a good handle on English, which was a big help. :-)

          Dumplings were nice but a bit on the small side and some may bristle 6 for $8.95.

          It's more than made up though by the Minced Beef and Cilantro Soup (we asked for and got a sub of chicken), again a $4.25 bowl large enough to feed 6. I also ordered the Duck Soup which tasted much more flavorful and authentic albeit there was no duck to be found.

          Mrs CFB is a big fan of Chow Fun dishes so thanks to our waitress we located an equivalent on the menu... On the in house menu it's called Ho Fun, and the takeout menu it's called Stir Fried Rice Noodle. In any event, it's only offered with Beef but we subbed Chix. As soon as it came out we knew this was good from the aroma alone, the taste did not disappoint. On par with the same dish at Hong Kong City. (Photo)

          Our waitress senses I was willing to explore, she suggested the dish labeled only as "Spicy Chicken" - which of course could be almost anything. So I took a flier and it paid off.

          I can best describe it as an alternative to the infamous Mission Chinese Explosive Wings (except w/o whole wings). Take wings (and thighs I think) - bone in and diced to bite size chunks) stir fry amidst about a pound of numbing hot red peppers, add scallion and other spices, serve. Not easy to eat with the bone-in chicken but delicious and again very authentic tasting. (Photo 2)

          I'm no Chinese Food expert but I know this place is light years ahead of any of the numerous typical Chinese American places I've tried in Boca/Delray/Boynton area.

          Waitress mentioned they've got a new menu coming out today which will clear things up a bit. So I look fwd to seeing that - as right now the descriptions are minimal which makes exploring menu a real adventure.

          I would recommend this place to anyone in the area who's interested in Chinese Food beyond eggrolls and chow mein.

           
           
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          1. re: CFByrne

            Thanks for the info. Will pick up a take-out menu and order from there next time.

            1. re: CFByrne

              Wow, what a difference in just a few weeks. We visited here a few weeks ago after reading your positive reviews and weren't sure we were at the same place. Coincidentally, we also ordered the spicy chicken - it was nothing like the photo you took! We were told the sushi chef was on vacation, and it is clear the regular chef was out, too. Our spicy chicken consisted of chewy strips of chicken in a very bland brown sauce - no peppers, and more importantly, no real flavor. A take out customer came in and ordered the same dish, only to return after about 10 minutes to request (and get) a refund. We just paid our bill and vowed not to return.

              We had given up on this place, but looks like they have their regular chef back. I wish they had just closed for the week or so he or she was gone, rather than having someone improvise. We'll have to give it another try. Thanks for the follow up review!

              1. re: revwib

                Communication is definitely an issue. Supposedly they are getting new menus (with photos) any day now - so hopefully that will help.

                I think "spicy chicken" may have been some catch-all phrase for "whatever...".

                I did get pen and paper out the other day and managed to get them to write down and agree on the name of this dish that I really liked (photo), which also was described as spicy chicken! :-)

                Ask for "Gan Guo Chicken"... as of Friday it was only on the secret Chinese menu, and not written in English anywhere...

                But at least one waitress (Tiffany, 20-something, black hair) seems to be certain what it is. It comes served over flame.

                Personally I would avoid sushi at a low-traffic place like this, at least for now. But I loved this dish although the chicken bits are bone-in so you need to do some picking... may not be for everybody.

                 
                1. re: CFByrne

                  That looks amazing! I may just have to run in there with a printed copy of that photo to avoid any confusion.

              2. re: CFByrne

                That dish is Lazi jiding (aka Chicken with Chilis or Chongqing Chicken) and a classic Sichuan dish. Spicy chicken might be too generic a name, unless the menu literally says that?

                But you say it is bone in wings? That will probably not please my mom, its better if its boneless breast or thigh. I notice in florida these new places use wings and it is very difficult to eat. Too bad Peppers closed down. Sometimes my parents take the plate full of leftover peppers and fry their own chicken with it the next day.

                If they have it, cold spicy beef tendon or jellyfish are also really good sides. Risky to order if there not enough turnover to be fresh but generally the cold dishes at sichuan restaurants are good to balance the heat.

              3. Finally had dinner here last night, while the food was very good there were a number of problems. Firstly, at 7:30 they were out of numerous items. No duck rolls and no rice noodles with beef. The most disappointing was the inability to communicate withe the staff. No one really spoke English and they really did not understand the menu. The Chinese menu which I am sure would have been more interesting, could not be translated by anyone on staff. The good sign was that many of the diners were Chinese. I hope they make an attempt to try and translate the Chinese
                menu.