"Beijing duck (Bei3 Jing1 kao3 ya1)" Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Tip by ntm2322
Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck, Beijing: 24 reviews and 41 photos
I have already written dozens of tips of traditional Beijing snacks and so far none about the Beijing duck (Bei3 Jing1 kao3 ya1).
Well, this might be because Beijing duck is one of the most famous foods in the world and even those who have never come to China know something about it.
Just check the internet, all the experts will tell you that Quanjude or Bianyifang are a must for those who are coming to Beijing.
The main Quanjude branch (situated in Wangfujing) will even give you a sort of diploma stating the duck number you have eaten. “Market economy with Chinese characteristics” at its best.
In fact you can eat Beijing duck anywhere in Beijing, even the hotel where you will be staying has the roasted duck in its menu, just check it out. And you may also buy a well packed roasted duck in the supermarket and take it back to your country.
Da4 Dong3 kao3 ya1 dian4 (Da Dong restaurant), situated at Tuan2 Jie2 Hu2 Bei3 Kou3 is also a good choice and the prices are as stiff as the ones practiced by Quanjude and Biayifang restaurants.
Because you are a tourist, you don’t know any Chinese, the menus of most restaurants don’t have an English version, the waiters don’t understand English and you will entirely depend on your tyrannical tour guide, I advise you to stick to the 3 restaurants above mentioned.
Besides, you the foreigner who come to China are supposed to spend money, you are supposed to go to the most expensive places and pay more, you aren't supposed to wander the small taverns and pay cheap like the locals.
In the finest or more sumptuous restaurants like the three ones I have mentioned, the duck will be sliced in front of you by a cook (go ahead and take a picture with him to show your friends back in your country).
Then the waiter will bring to the table the sliced duck, a real show seeing that thin and crispy skin and that tender meat.
How to eat the Beijing duck:
Step 1: Get a white round pancake and place it in your plate.
Step 2: Dip some skin and meat into the sauce (hai3 xian1 jiang4) and put them inside the pancake. Some restaurants serve a side dish of cucumber sticks, you can add it to the pancake or just eat it by its own, up to you.
Step 3: Add the spring onions and fold the pancake (I like it with some garlic inside).
Step 4: Eat it (you can use either your hands or the chopsticks, definitely not with the fork).
Once again, ask the waiter to take a photo of you eating the Beijing duck.
What a wonderful trip to China, your lifetime greatest adventure!
Address: Building 3, Tuanjiehu Beikou
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: SE corner of Chang Hong Bridge
Price: US$41 and up
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