Peking Duck Pedigree

Last week I went to lunch with UFIDA, a vendor who supplies us with some great Korean-speaking contractors. We went to Quanjude, which is a famous Peking Duck Restaurant in Beijing. I don't eat meat, including duck, however the waitress gave me our duck's personal certificate of authenticity.

duck certificate

It says, "Quanjude was established in 1864 (third year of Tongzhi, Qing Dynasty), enjoying a history of over 140 years. The above number is the roast duck we have served from 1864 on." My duck's number, 75020, is just for this one branch of Quanjude that opened about two years ago. That's a lot of ducks.

BTW when I did eat meat I thought Quanjude's was the best Peking Duck in Beijing. If you ever come here you should try it out, and make sure your duck comes with papers.

Comments:

maybe we should be doing that with tomatoes in the US! So many places have pulled them off the shelves with the recent wave of people getting sick after eating them.

And, you are right, that is a whole lot of ducks...

Posted by Barb on June 27, 2008 at 01:37 PM CST #

Peking duck is one of my favourites but they cost a fortune here in India. Is this the place they show very frequently in all travel/food programmes? Some where in the old town? The name sounds very familiar even though I've never set foot in mainland China. I know I am not strong enough to resist tasty food and hence never take vows related to forgoing any dish. :-)

Posted by Madhan Kumar on June 27, 2008 at 08:17 PM CST #

Maddy, yes, this restaurant is often featured in travel shows. I remember your post about enjoying food and culture with an open mind, so when you come to Beijing I'll be sure to take you to this restaurant. :)

Barb I hadn't heard about people getting sick from eating tomatoes. This is not good for me as a vegetarian....

Posted by melanie gao on June 30, 2008 at 02:12 AM CST #

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