I Wished for Peking Duck and Got it for my Birthday!

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Where else to enjoy the best Peking duck but in Peking! It’s been a while since we enjoy this most famous Beijing dish and ‘ve been telling A how much I crave for it… especially when I saw Connie’s post. We just received some fabulous news and to celebrate it together with my birthday, A treated us (the 3 of us plus friends) to a wonderful lunch at this government-owned Chinese restaurant frequented by local Beijingers as well as local Chinese tourists.

Slices of tender, juicy duck meat with sinfully crispy skin. Behind it, you can see the steamer with Mandarin pancakes.

Slices of delectable goose liver.

The chef (or a staff dressed as a chef hehehe…) will slice the roasted duck in front of you. To prepare your serving of Peking duck, grab few slices of the meat and skin and goose liver and arrange on a pancake. Add in some cucumber sticks, leeks and hoisin sauce (above) and wrap ‘em all up. Simply delicious.

Enjoy the meal with soup made from the left-over duck bones; refreshingly good with green bean sprouts.

Now lemme introduce our favorite Sweet and Sour Fish. Nice presentation, huh? The dragon! It’s butterflied on a bed of fresh lettuce and the fish meat is sliced like a mango fruit; fried real crispy and nice. It has cherries for eyes, green pea for nose and decorated with chunks of pineapple and shrimps. The sauce is heavenly.

Lily and Celery Stir-fry. Check out the duck head.

Fresh vegetable greens with creamy peanut sauce. Oh I remember our kare-kare

My favorite Aubergine and Mushroom Stir-fry though it may not look good in this picture…

This is dessert… Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf.

Thank you A! And thank this client of ours who gave us freshly harvested pears from their orchard.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

15 thoughts on “I Wished for Peking Duck and Got it for my Birthday!

  1. aha! so it was ur bday! kinda close to my hubby’s… (9th)

    it was a sumptuous treat…. ngugutom ako sau eh .. hehehe

    belated happy bday …

  2. Hi SZE-An! Thanks for visiting my humble site :-)

    Christine… basta nandito ako I will treat you myself!

    Thanks for the greetings, ladies :-)


    This feast looks absolutely DELICIOUS. Indulgence to the max, Iska! Perfect for a birthday celebration. :)

  4. Hi Lani and Toni! Oo yum yum especially the fish and the duck kaya lang… can’t eat too much kahit super sarap ang duck…. nakakaumay din hahaha! hav to eat the other stuff…

    Hello kulas! Thanks for dropping by :-) I hope nakakain ka na…

  5. omg, what a delicious looking meal! the girls and I love asian pears. Pero ang mahal dito. They are $2.99 each! so we only have them once in a while.

  6. how i wish you can share the ingredients and the preparation of peking duck recipe. My friends autistic son has asked me repeatitiously and hoping that we can share something to a child that the state of mind is differ from a normal being.
    Thank you!

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