When I was in college I would frequent a very formal Chinese restaurant. It was near a nightclub, where my then boyfriend worked, or I never would have discovered it. They had a dish which they called Peking Duck. My brother, who traveled the world for work and frequently visited his in-laws in Hong Kong, has since described the correct procedure for preparing “True Peking Duck” and I have no idea if any of these methods were used. Their Peking Duck, however, was one of my favorite dishes of all time. Each piece was like a miniature Duck “Napoleon” with layers of very crisp duck, skin and sauce. The experience of savoring those flavors lives on in my dreams and desires.  My brother continues his search for the “perfect” Peking Duck”…and I look forward to tasting it….But, somehow, I feel it will never live up to my first experience…..


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