China – Peking Duck!!

CIMG2484.JPG At my favourite Chinese restaurant in Sydney (previously, in the world until now), the Peking Duck costs $55 for two courses. The actual pastry wrapped duck pancakes; and either noodles, fried rice or san choy bau with the meat as a second course.  Well, little did I know that in Beijing, at what is considered a fine dining experience beyond the reach of most Chinese, it costs only 98 Yuan or $13.33 Australian dollars for one!  This specialty restaurant is known for what it calls “Super Lean” roast duck.  It’s called Beijing DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant.  It is injected with water during its 70mins cooking time, and cannot be described as oily, and with just the right amount of fat for flavour. This restaurant’s menu is the size of a Vogue magazine, but thicker, with amazing photos showing off the creative flair of the chefs. 

CIMG2508.JPGWe had also what my sister called the “Exploding fish”.  A fish whose flesh has been cut into strips that stand upright, covered in light batter and deep fried (again, not oily tasting!) and served in a sweet and sour sauce. It is such an impressive looking dish, and tastes great too.  Not fishy at all, and not too tart either.  A visual and literal feast!

CIMG2500.JPGThis dish looked too good to eat. Admittedly, we ordered it because we liked the look of it on the menu.  These cute little birdies were slightly hard (so maybe decorative), but filled with lotus seed paste.  The dish is actually duck and taro meatballs, served in a deliciously crisp noodle basket, and sweet and sour sauce. 


Kung Po Chicken (left), and XO Scallops.  CIMG2517.JPGGenerous serves.  Unlike many of the other chinese restaurants to come, the dishes were not drenched in and sitting in a pool of oil, nor heavy and sit in your stomach.  Flash fried to keep in freshness and flavour, with every attention to detail in presentation.  If you’re not hungry, you can choose the small size, or medium or large size.  These are all small sizes! Dinner for 7, including four $4 cocktails, $200, no sweat.  And to finish…toffee coated apple fritters! 

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