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May 17, 2011

Why Peking Garden serves the BEST Peking Duck in Manila?

May 17, 2011

Why Peking Garden serves the BEST Peking Duck in Manila?





 Read: 10 Most Awesome Chinese Restaurants in Manila! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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Peking Garden undoubtedly serves the BEST Peking Duck in Manila. The crispiness of the skin and the way the duck is served are details that even Chinese restaurants in 5-star hotels cannot match. It is not a franchise but it is owned by the Maxim's Group of Chinese Restaurants based in Hongkong (they also own the Starbucks franchise in HK).

Eating a Peking Duck is usually reserved for special occasions. Here is a suggestion on how best to enjoy the Peking Duck at Peking Garden. :)


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Peking Garden is a fine-dining Chinese restaurant that serves lunch from 11.30am-2pm and dinner from 6pm-10pm. It is highly recommended that you call to reserve first. (I prefer the Greenbelt 5 branch's location and ambiance.)

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Peking Garden Menu: Budget P700-P1,000 per person.
Appetizers, Shark's Fin and Bird's Nest, Soup, Abalone & Sea Cucumber, Crispy Rice Cracker, Rice and Dimsum, Vegetable and Noodles, Beef & Lamb and Beancurd, Poultry and Pork, Seafood

If you plan to eat the Peking Duck, it would be best to order appetizers only and focus on the main dish so that you can savor it.

(TIP: Peking Garden's main dishes are just OK. They are really known for their Crispy Peking Duck.)

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Pan-fried Bean Curd "Peking Style"
(Small-P290, Medium-P435, Large-P580)

The bean curd was fried to perfection -- crunchy on the outside but soft inside. The boys loved it. :)

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Smoked Vegetable Rolls
(Small - P320, Medium-P480, Large-P640)

I enjoyed munching on these cold vegetable rolls as a starter, with their smoky flavor and slightly sweet taste.

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Cold Chicken in Rice Wine Sauce
(Small-P330, Medium-P495, Large-P660)

We also ordered this white chicken with rice wine. A good recommendation.

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Barbecued Peking Duck
(Whole bird - P2,300; Served two ways +P300)

The duck comes in one size only, and it is good for 6-8 people. Have the Peking Duck served two ways -- you won't regret it!

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In Peking Garden, you have to appreciate the art of slicing the duck. It is sliced evenly, with the right amount of skin and meat per piece.

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The meat itself is tasteless, and the skin almost crumbles when you bite it. The Peking Garden duck does not have any fat in it (maybe because it melted during the roasting process).

It is best eaten hand-wrapped with onion leeks and sweet hoisin sauce.

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You can request for Ferdie Lopez, the master slicer, to assist you. He has been with Peking Garden ever since the restaurant first opened in Glorietta.

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We actually got a second serving of the crispy skin with the meat slices in the middle.

It was awesome to see how well everything was sliced and presented.

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As for the second way our duck was served, it was made part of a soup dish.

Some Chinese foodies opt to have the second round as minced meat in a lettuce wrapper. You can also request to bring home the bones, so you can cook the soup at home.

How do you enjoy your Peking Duck -- served in 2 ways or 3 ways? What are the ways?

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Boiled Pork Dumplings in Soup
(6 pieces - P240)

We also ordered boiled pork dumplings in soup. It was all right. It felt like we were eating xiao long bao with the soup outside. :)

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Hongkong Chef Rey Cheng is the spirit behind the success of Peking Garden. He is often at the Greenbelt branch (versus the Trinoma branch).

You can request to talk to him directly to make sure everything will be perfect for your event.  Also, make sure he is in the kitchen when you dine in.

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You can reserve the VIP Room with a bill amounting to P15,000 (minimum). They have 4 such rooms in Greenbelt 5.

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Thanks to our foodie friend Wilson for showing us the best way to enjoy Peking Garden's Peking Duck!

Let me know if you have tips on how you enjoy your Peking Duck in the comments section. :)

Happy eating!

 

PEKING GARDEN
Northern Chinese Cuisine at its Finest!

GREENBELT 5:
4th Level Greenbelt 5 Phase 2, Makati City
Telephone: +632 729-0567, 729-0719

Business hours: Monday to Sunday
11.30am to 2.00pm / 6pm - 10.00pm

You can also visit the Trinoma branch:
3rd Level Trinoma Park, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 901-0502, 901-0507

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals.

P.S. We decided to have our kaya toast and coffee dessert at Toast Box on the 3rd Floor of Greenbelt 5. It is one level down from Peking Garden.

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Kaya Toast, with Soft-Boiled Egg, and Coffee/Tea (P120)

 


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