Peking duck is a specialty dish in Beijing, and it's known for its crispy skin and juicy meat. It comes with several Chinese condiment options. Read this post and learn what to expect and how to eat in a Peking duck restaurant.
Some Peking duck restaurants only have the option to order a whole duck. If there are only two people in your party, ask the server and see if you can do the half duck option. In addition to the duck, Peking duck condiments and duck soup are also highly recommended.
While you wait for your food, a chef from the kitchen would come to your tableside and start his/her intricate knife skills to prepare the duck. Take this opportunity to admire the complexity of Peking duck preparation.
In the meantime, the server would start bringing out Peking duck condiments, Peking duck pancakes (wraps), and the duck soup that was cooked in duck meat and bones for hours. Restaurants usually give unlimited refills on the soup.
There are three different ways to enjoy your Peking duck.
1. Duck skin only
2. Peking duck pancake (wrap)
1. DuckSkin Only - simply pick up the skin, dip in sweet bean sauce, and top with sugar.
2. Peking Duck Wrap (Pancake) - place the wrap in your hand, then pick up a few pieces of the duck, dipped with some sweet bean sauce and arrange them onto the wrap. Based on your personal preference, add scallion, cucumbers, and/or radish with your wrap. As expected, wrap up the ingredients together.
3. Flatbread - same procedure as #2, but you don't have to wrap it at all since the baked layer flatbread is an empty shell. Try adding garlic this time.