Quanjude 全聚德, Beijing, China

RATING: ★★☆☆ – Good   |   PRICE: $$$ - Expensive

A big hit with locals and tourist, Quan Qu De, is second oldest Peking Duck restaurant in Beijing but it’s arguably the most popular. The recipe remains unchanged for over 600 years; service was brisk and food preparation was incredibly quick. Of course, one would assume so, as the unspoken rule of a mandatory duck per table was almost ubiquitous allowing the kitchen to roll out ducks like clockwork off a well-timed production line.

The duck was brought out without much fanfare but expertly sliced by a chef in front of the table. The first cut was for the best skin around the breast bone and subsequent slices were made to incorporate both meat and the crispy skin. Delicious.

Quan Qu De may seem a little commercialized with their snaking long queue lines and their duck kiosk selling duck to-go. But if you want to experience 600 years of Peking Duck heritage… This is the place.

Quan Ju De
30 Qianmen St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

PRICE: $$$ - Expensive    |    RATING: ★★☆☆ – Good

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