Quanjude restaurant is very famous for Peking Roast Duck. Is located on Qianmen Pedestrian Street, near the Tiananmen Square. They have two locations right next to each other. There is the very fancy one on the right side where the chef brings the duck out to the table and slice it in front of you and the people can see how they are cooked. You can immediately tell when you walk in that eating here will cost more than the usual. The price per duck can run anywhere from 1,000RMB to 2,000RMB. Next to it, there is another entrance where they also serve duck cooked the same way but at a cheaper price and this is the one where my friend and I went.
Peking duck is served with pancakes, they look like very thin tortillas. It is also served with spring onions, and a sweet bean sauce. Since it was my first time eating duck, my friend showed me the way is done. First you grab a pancake, then take some slices of duck with your chopsticks (I found that very hard) and dip it in the sweet sauce. After this, you place the duck on the pancake and add onions. Then you fold the pancake in two, like in a form of a taco and fold the bottom part up so that the meat doesn’t come out.
They say that the best part of the duck is the skin; it’s actually very crispy. The duck served in Quanjude is different from other restaurants because they raise their own ducks. It is more natural, and they do not add any spices or flavor to it since they feed them something sweet to give the meat flavor. Local people also drink duck soup made out if its bones (Chinese really don’t let anything to go to waste!). Its taste is quite different for me, but I at least tried it! This is a restaurant that I would totally recommend for tourists. It’s affordable to eat here, the location is great and the duck is amazing!