Food For Thought: Beijing Duck

The duck is on the duck-shaped platter, and the onions, sauce, and pancakes are on the right.

The duck is on the duck-shaped platter, and the onions, sauce, and pancakes are on the right.

On a free afternoon in Beijing, a classmate and I went out to sample one of the local delicacies – Beijing Duck. Versions of this dish are often seen in the US. You are served a plate of paper-thin pancake/tortilla things (probably made out of rice), a plate of green-onion-like veggies, and a dish of sweet, delicious plum sauce along with a platter of cooked duck meat. You make your own little Beijing Duck burritos and eat them with your hands. This was the best duck I’ve ever eaten, for sure, and the owner was exceedingly nice – he kept asking me, in very simple, slowly spoken Chinese that I could understand, whether or not I was enjoying the food. I always said yes, emphatically, in English and Chinese.

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