I have never tried Peking duck before, and luckily my first time trying this Chinese national dish was extraordinary. Spring Deer restaurant is a super popular Chinese restaurant with hungry eaters crowding the place every night which makes reservation is a must. From what I know, besides Peking duck, the restaurant also has other excellent dishes, which is understandable because the duck they served us was simply amazing.
The price is not dirt cheap, but reasonable (300 HKD for a duck; 5HKD for peanuts as appetizer (is it even appetizer but whatever) and 10 HKD for a teapot for 2; 10% VAT is charged). It took a while for the duck to be roasted but we didn’t wait for nothing. They carved the duck in front of us:
And two plates of meat were ready:
Pancakes to wrap the duck (a bit on the thicker side), green onion, sliced cucumber, and bean paste:
The meat was juicy, tender, and sweet. Crispy, nicely brown skin had a tad of sweetness to it and covered the soft layer of fat.
You should put 2-3 slices of meat into a pancake to make a roll. The pancakes can make you feel full easily:
Amazing lunch, ’nuff said. However, I could only stuff 2 pieces of skin (well, along with many other slices of meat) because I am quite sensitive to grease and fat. Maybe that was good, the duck left me satisfied, but not wanting more. Many other good meals leave you happy, but not contented because you wish you had more to eat and/or more money to spend on them. At least I didn’t have to face that bittersweet feeling at the end of the meal.
Spring Deer, 2/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.