Beijing: Dinner at Da Dong

Thursday, June 23, 2011 5comments No tags Permalink 0

Hope everyone is having a great week. I got back to NYC yesterday…it was supposed to take 17 hours to arrive home, but wound up taking 48 hours due to weather delays. Crazy. Am very happy to be back on solid ground, so many posts to catch up on! On our first night in Beijing, friends brought us to dinner at the Dongcheng District location of Da Dong, their favorite place for roast duck. Snapshots from our meal below:

Da Dong is known for roasting a super lean duck, leaving a significantly smaller percentage of fat compared to other restaurants. The result? Wickedly crisp skin, and moist interior. The whole duck was divided into two plates, here’s one of them.

Steamed wrappers and…

…crisp sesame-speckled shells. Sort of like mini pita breads, only much more thin.

Check out this condiment dish. Sugar, garlic paste, hoisin, radish, pickles and cucumbers! Everyone gets their own dish, so pretty!

The roast duck is to be eaten in three different ways:

1. Dip just the skin in the sugar and eat. Seriously just melts in your mouth. Who would have thought to pair sugar with the skin? Am going to start doing this in NYC!
2. Dab a bit of hoisin on the steamed wrapper, add a few slices of radish and duck skin and meat. Wrap and devour.
3. Open up the sesame shell (they cut a little opening to make it easier). Fill with some garlic paste, cucumbers and the pink radish, then duck skin and meat. In Hawai’i we serve roast duck with steamed buns. In NYC I’ve encountered both the steamed wrappers and the steamed buns. But these sesame shells were definitely a first for me.


We were served duck soup after the roast duck was finished.

While roast duck was the highlight of the meal, it was not the only dish of the night. We shared a variety of other dishes including:

Avocado and salmon with crispy noodle skins.

A fried trio of red peppers (the heat goes away after being deep fried), peanuts and thin-cut potato sticks. Addictive and a perfect snack for all the beer.

Grilled duck hearts.

Taro and yam with candied orange peels.

Scallops, peppers, and broccoli in a crispy tube.

Curried soup with lamb.

Fried flounder with greens and salted pineapple.

Cold chicken soaked in peanut and spicy pepper sauce.

Creamy mung bean sorbet to finish, and plenty of fresh lychees for the table.

Going to sleep off this jet lag…more posts to come soon! :)

  • anonymous
    June 24, 2011

    Glad you made it home safely! Now catch up on all those delicious food blogs :)

  • angela
    June 25, 2011

    China does have a way of presentation when it comes to food! Always catches me by surprise!Peking duck is absolutely my most favourite dish! I know it's not THAT good for you but I can't help but love it!

  • anonymous
    June 25, 2011

    Missed your fabulous blog…welcome back and can't wait to see your next posts.

  • anonymous
    June 27, 2011

    Hey! Not to sound like a total stalker, but were you dining outside this evening at Jacques? I could have sworn I saw you, but I didn't want to interrupt your dinner. Can't wait to read about the remainder of your travels!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 27, 2011

    Thanks Stephanie! Oh man, so much catch up to do!!! ^_^Hi Angela! Agreed! I don't often have peking duck in NYC, but love getting it when I'm back in Hawai'i :)Hi Louise! Thanks – hope to have the rest of the trip up so…I feel so behind :)Hi Ada! Ahaha, I was! Stopped by with Pierre for wine, beer and (a few ;) orders of fries. It was such a nice Sunday afternoon. You should have said 'hi'! :)

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