While both dishes may appear similar, there are differences in how Peking duck and Cantonese (or Hong Kong) roast duck are prepared, presented, and consumed. However, both easily feed a small crowd and feel equally indulgent.
Peking duck originates in northern China, specifically Beijing, and was at one point served exclusively to the royal court. Served in courses, the duck is expertly sliced table side by a trained chef with exacting precision and accompanied by julienned cucumbers, scallions, hoisin sauce, and either Chinese pancakes (wrappers) or bao buns. The decadent feast, where the crispy skin is a star on its own, often includes a soup course made using the duck’s bones. Cantonese roast duck has more modest origins in southern China, near Hong Kong. This comforting and hearty family meal sees the duck stuffed with an aromatic mix of herbs and spices before roasting, then is cut into chunks and served with rice, greens, and sometimes vegetables.
Here are a few restaurants around Atlanta offering delectable roast duck feasts.
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