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Taste Beijing Roast Duck

When we travel to a city, we often search what is the best to eat in the city. So what is the best-known dish in Beijing? This is no doubt that Beijing Roast Duck is the world-famous dish in Beijing. Meanwhile, just like its name, the best and most traditional duck must be Beijing Roast Duck. Therefore, an optional Beijing Roast Duck meal is recommended to you after a whole day sightseeing in Beijing.

Beijing cuisine enjoys international fame for the variety of dishes developed in the imperial kitchens. None is more universally renowned than Beijing Duck. Esteemed by gourmets for its mouth-watering aroma, tempting appearance and delicate taste, there are secrets in the cooking, skill in the preparation and serving and delight in the tasting. The crispy skin and the juicy meat leave a deep impression on first-time consumers during their Beijing trip.
Taste Beijing Roast Duck
Taste Beijing Roast Duck

Why is Beijing Roast Duck the most famous dish in Beijing ?

Beijing Roast Duck was an imperial dish during the ancient China. While in the late 1800s, the public got its first whiff of the dish when chefs began opening restaurants outside palace walls. In the past, the catering industry in China was undeveloped and food is not as various as that nowadays. When treating somebody with Beijing Roast Duck, it seems that is a feast for VIP. Just like a folk saying in China that one who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero, it is said that one who do not taste Beijing Roast Duck comes Beijing for nothing. Therefore, when people visit to Beijing, to taste Beijing Roast Duck is one of the must-doing things in a Beijing tour. Although you could have roast duck in other cities in China or overseas, you will never find the same flavor as that in Beijing. Beijing Roast Duck is the most traditional and authentic with its unique flavor.
Taste Beijing Roast Duck
Taste Beijing Roast Duck

What else is to expect during Beijing Roast Duck dinner except the delicious flavor?

The technique of slicing the skin and meat has a profound influence on the presentation and the diner’s sensations of texture and taste of the duck. The cook always slices the duck in front of customers. Usually, the cook slices the skin first then the meat, ensuring the skin is sliced with a thin layer of meat in order to avoid it breaking into pieces; the flesh is naturally rich in fat, so to avoid an oily taste, vegetables dishes are offered, carrot and cucumber sticks usually. Diners hold a piece of pancake and spread sauce over it, then add a delicate serve of skin, meat and vegetables and wrap them. This is one delicacy that is definitely acceptable to eat by hand.

Originally a dish reserved for the emperors table, with the passing of time, Beijing roast duck entered into the international cuisine, its unique and delicious taste favored by foreign tourists as well as by Chinese people.
Taste Beijing Roast Duck
Taste Beijing Roast Duck

Where is the best place to taste Beijing Roast Duck when I travel to Beijing?

You might ask which restaurant in Beijing is the best duck restaurant for dinner. Please read below Top 4 Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant,

►No 1 Quanjude (全聚德)
Quanjude is a famous brand of Beijing Roast Duck in China, which started in 1864 ( Qing Dynasty). With efforts and creation in the past hundreds years, Quanjude Restaurant developed more than 400 characteristic dishes, but its specialty is roast duck which is roasted over the fire. Quanjude Qianmen Branch is the original restaurant where it started. Therefore, it is the most well-known one. Therefore, it is hard to have a meal there unless with early reservation. 
•Address:
Quanjude Hepingmen(和平门店): No 14 West Street of Qianmen, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Quanjude Qianmen(前门店): No 32 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District, Beijing
Quanjude Wanfujing(王府井店): No 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Avenu, Dongchen District, Beijing
Quanjude Fangzhuang(方庄店): No 18 Pufang Road, Fengtai District, Beijing
Quanjude Shichahai(什刹海店): No 57, Dianmen Street, Xicheng District, Beijing ( In Shichahai School of Physical Training )
Quanjude Jingxin Building(京信大厦店):1st floor of Jingxin Building, North section of Dongsanhuang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
 Taste Beijing Roast Duck
Taste Beijing Roast Duck

►No 2 Bianyifang (便宜坊)
Bianyifang Restaurant Chongwenmen Branch is the famous roast duck restaurant with its duck roasted in closed oven. It started from Ming Dynasty with a history of about 600 years. Its specialty is their flower fragrance series crispy roast duck. 
•Address:
Bianyifang Chongwenmen(崇文门店):
1st floor of Hademen Hotel, No 2 Chongwenmen Wai Street, Beijing
Bianyifang New World ( 新世界店): No. 5 Chongwenmen Wai Street, Beijing
Bianyifang Anhua  (安华店): No. 6-6 middle of Beisanhuan Road, Beijing

►No 3 Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant (利群烤鸭店)
This is small duck restaurant in a traditional courtyard house in Beifengxiang Hutong of Beijing. There isn’t any advertisement and conspicuous shop front, but many people come for roast duck especially by its reputation. The owner of this restaurant is named Liqun Zhang, who worked for Quanjude before. 
•Address: No 11 Beifengxiang Hutong, East Qianmen Street, Beijing
 
►No 4 Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (大董)
Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant started in 1985, originally called Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant. The roast duck at Datong belongs to new school of Beijing Roast Duck. It is different from traditional roast duck as it includes less oil and fats in the duck crackling, but still tastes crispy. As the restaurant cooks and creates dishes from healthy point and the restaurant condition and atmosphere is good, it is popular in foreign visitors. 
•Address:
Dadong Nanxincang (南新仓店):
No. 22 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Dadong Tunjiehu (团结湖店):No. 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Dadong Jinbaohui(金宝汇店):5th Floor Jinbaohui Shopping Mall, Beijing