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Recent Dinner at Shun-Lee (UWS) and How to Eat Peking Duck

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mafoofan, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. MikeDT

    MikeDT Well-Known Member

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    Peking duck in NYC, so it's OK then and not westernised or whatever? TBH the only times I've ever real Peking duck was in Beijing.

    I've had local "Peking duck" (Xilinhot duck) a few times...
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  2. MikeDT

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    Ah...is that because it's NYC, USA and not Beijing, China? I thought there was something missing. Even in Xilinhot we always get the cucumber.
     
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  3. globetrotter

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    +1. I didn't even think about moon cakes now that has become an art form, you could easily get 50 different flavored of moon cake in a big city during the season.

    I like some of the traditional Asian dessert flavored like green tea, peanut and bean, but when you add the fusion with cream and western style pastry ye possibilities encrease dramatically. What they are doing with western style breads and cakes in Japan and china now can blow you away
     
  4. otc

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    The peking duck I usually get comes in 3 courses.

    First they bring out the duck, carve the skin and big pieces, and serve them with some much fatter fluffier bun things (gua bao?).
    Then they take the carcass back to the kitchen and pick out the remaining meat and use that to make a fried rice (or noodles).
    Finally they use the bones to make a broth that comes out last.

    And it is only $28 per duck.
     
  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    $28 for Peking duck is cheap.

    I've never had it that way, but can't imagine the rolls tasting as good without both meat and skin inside.
     
  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    But even the one-stop shops are not as good at their one thing as many all-around restaurants in other cities.
     
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  7. impolyt_one

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    :confused: beginning to doubt the foo...
     
  8. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Never lose faith.
     
  9. impolyt_one

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    your green onion and cucumber-less duck eating ways were just a precursor of things to come. Having a hard time establishing the trust.


    Currently eating Asian food in Asia as I type this.
     
  10. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    My parents use the green onions. My siblings and I never have. Like I said, it's purely the result of childhood custom. That, and the green onions are disgusting.
     
  11. poorsod

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    If the other cities you mean are Toronto, Vancouver or Hong Kong, then maybe. If you mean to include Moscow, Idaho then I doubt you'd be right. I lived in SF before moving to NYC and the Cantonese food is about the same. The DC area might be better than NYC but I haven't lived there in decades.
     
  12. otc

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    Same things inside...its just a thicker pancake bun thing rather than a thin crepe thing. Still gets the carved skin and meat with the hoisin and green onions to throw inside.

    The place is cheap which is why its awesome although you have to call a few hours in advance to get them to hold a few ducks for you (even if you can't make a reservation, they will still set aside the ducks IIRC).
     
  13. bBoy JEe

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    In all the times I've even Peking duck (Toronto, HK, Peking (at some of the original places)) I've always gotten the duck soup first, with tofu and watercress, then the peking duck, and then meat stir fried with lettuce wraps. Let's be honest, they have a giant vat of duck soup sitting around, your soup isn't cooked to order.

    If I had to rank my experiences, I would say HK>Peking (marginally)>> Toronto >>>>>> everything else.
     
  14. LA Guy

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    Sorry, but this just wrong. They might not be to your liking, but they actually provide a much needed bite of sharpness and freshness to counter the sweetness of the hoisin sauce and the saltiness of the duck.
     
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    Sun Wah, Chicago? I really like the Bao wrapper, but my girlfriend disdains it as inauthentic. Uptown is always a dilemma, so much good food to choose from there.
     
  16. impolyt_one

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    I agree, and come on, texture is a big part of this too - that's why the cucumber is there also. Eating duck without the green onions and cucumber is like that guy who orders a cheeseburger without any condiments or toppings, and just eats bread and a cheese covered patty. Low level shit.
     
  17. otc

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    Yup. They might also do the thin crepe-like version...its just that we never order it (or the noodles) since I think my friends all decided long ago what the best options were. Not sure the rest of the food there is very good but the duck is a steal.
     

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