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Duck, Like Only Beijing Can Do It

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Known for its succulent, crispy skin, Peking duck is the city's culinary claim to fame. The preparation process is highly complex, and top duck restaurants guard their methods closely. The subtle differences in outcomes make this a dish worth trying at multiple locations—from Michelin-starred oases to time-honored dives that are effortlessly authentic.
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Dongsi 10th Alley, 东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2层 邮政编码: 100001
You can’t leave Beijing without having Peking duck at Da Dong. I eat the crisp skin first, dipped in sugar. Then I pile the skin, meat, leek, cucumber, and sweet, fermented sauce onto pancakes. I finish by drinking the broth from the carcass. —...
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101 Fucheng Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100142
One review said that this was the best Beijing duck restaurant in Beijing since it opened in 1855, but lost some of its prestige since the People's Republic of China was established. Back in America, I thought ten years was a long time for a...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 瓷器库胡同2 邮政编码: 100006
Li Qun Duck Restaurant is hidden in a Qianmen hutong. (To find it, follow the ducks painted on the hutong walls!) The restaurant doesn't put on airs, and feels effortlessly authentic despite the fact that pictures of statesman and ambassadors who...
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Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang, Sanlitun Road, 东城区北京市 China, 100027
The posh Chinese restaurant inside the trendy Sanlitun hotel the Opposite House has a pretty broad menu. There are spicy Sichuan standards, like mapo doufu (cubes of white tofu suspended in chili oil, served here with minced beef) and skewers of...
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102 Dongsi 10th Alley, DongSi, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
This is probably one of my favorite duck restaurants in Beijing. There are more famous and more expensive, but they don't compare. While maybe not Beijing's best duck, Xinbaiwan is definitely a contender. Also because they are away from the...
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China, Beijing Shi, Xicheng Qu, ShiChaHai, 什刹海前海北沿15号 邮政编码: 100009
Quanjude, Da Dong and Duck de Chine have big fan bases when it comes to Beijing duck lovers, but one of my favorite places for bird is Xiao Wang Fu. The branch at Ritan Park is particularly fun when you can snag outdoor seats and enjoy your meal...