How to order and eat Peking Duck in Beijing, China

I always thought I’d had some of the best Peking Duck in my life, but until I found myself in Beijing then only I realised – the peking duck that I’ve eaten outside of Beijing was not really peking duck. There’s simply no other place around the world preparing this exquisite dish quite like they do here in Beijing. The Peking Duck has a long history, the origins of this famous Northern Chinese cuisine date back to the Ming Dynasty, about 600 years ago. The roast duck was skillfully crafted to perfection as part of the Imperial Court menu and was highly regarded by emperors. Once confined to the kitchens of the Imperial Palace, this highly-guarded secret recipe was later smuggled out of the kitchen and onto the streets of Beijing. Lucky for us, now we all get to try this legendary delicacy, which remains a famous dish among the locals and tourists. Whilst it may take years to master the art of roasting the perfect Peking Duck, but you will find eating them also takes some meticulous procedures so that you can fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of it. And here’s how: How to order and eat Peking Duck 1. Order a full/half Peking Duck. Some restaurants require you to book the duck in advance as they will only roast a certain number of ducks per day so they are fresh out of the oven when serve. If you do a walk in, be aware that the duck might be out of the oven for quite some time and not as crisp. During our trip in Beijing, we actually didn’t make any advance bookings and...

Chinese Five Spice Roast Duck

Masterchef Australia season 2 is finally over, and I have to congratulate Adam Liaw for making this far and claimed the title. Time flies, I still remember my Masterchef Audition in September last year and what a coincidence to be in the same group as Adam and Alvin, and both Malaysians. Well, I shouldn’t be surprise, just look at the number of Malaysian food bloggers in Australia: ChocolateSuze Citrus And Candy Raspberri Cupcakes One Bite More Vue de cuisiner Iron Chef Shellie The Raw Noodle Are you hungary Almost Bourdain brunch lunch munch the food pornographer My Wey of Life Nommy nom nom Cinnamon Pig (Alvin from Masterchef) Adam Liaw (Masterchef’s winner, even though he hardly blog since audition September last year) (I am sure there are more, let me know and comment so I can add you to the list) And what does that tell you? Yes, Malaysians do love food, we even greet each other by saying “Have you eaten yet?” (Sek Bao Mei?) instead of the usual hello, how are you. Just go and hang out with a Malaysian for one day, you will know what I am saying. Friends still asking me whether I will give Masterchef another try. As much as I hate the padded dramas, the crying and the personal life stories, the fire balls and all the unnecessary suspense; I do think Masterchef is a great show that has really made a big impact on the eating habit of this nation, and why wouldn’t I want to be part of it if my cooking skill can really inspire the others who watch...