Monday, August 18, 2014

Peking Duck!

On our last day in Beijing, we treated ourselves to something special, Peking duck. The restaurant that we went to was called Yu Shan and it had an old world charm about it. Here's an introduction from Wiki about this dish.

Peking duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared from the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crispy skin, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven.
The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled round the fillings.

Although the restaurant's specials are many we only had the famed dish.

The accompaniments with the meat looked so fresh. The first pancake was rolled by the waitress. With chopsticks she picked the pieces of meat, dipped them in the sauce and placed them on the pancake. The fresh greens went in next. With the help of the chopsticks she rolled the pancake beautifully. We tried doing the same with the rest but ours were the sloppiest ever! But every mouthful was so delicious! Before the duck came to our table the chef carved it but somehow I have not been able to upload that video.
The rest of the meat was made into a broth and sent to our table. I'd have gladly carried it for dinner time (with a bowl of rice). But there were so many other places to see, shopping to be done so we left the broth behind.:(
I photographed these kites in the shape of ducks at Tiananmen Square. That was another wonderful experience. Getting up at the crack of dawn to see the hoisting of the flag and see the square come alive. Moments that we will cherish for a long time....

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