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We were real troopers on our first day in Hong Kong. Jet lagged be damned we trekked our way through the city as best we could. We wanted to turn in early so even though we were still stupidly full from a bakery stop, we forced ourselves to eat dinner so that we could go back to the hotel and call it a day.

On yet another recommendation we taxied over to American Peking Restaurant on Lockhart. We’ll blame the fact that we walked up the stairs even though the restaurant is on the first floor on jet lag. Hahahaa. The place was completely empty. A sign of a bad recommendation? Not quite. It was only 5pm. Super early for dinner by Hong Kong standards – most restaurants are open until 11pm!

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Our first meal with gailan and mushrooms. We ate so much of this vegetable, we started to forget all other vegetables in the world.

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Bean curd and mushrooms. Another dish ordered by the vegetarian in the house. We all developed a taste for bean curd and tofu. When Jlin left, we still ordered bean curd dishes in her memory.

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Hooray for Peking duck. We had to wait 40 minutes for it to come out (the restaurant warned us and we were happy to wait since were still quite full). The server came out and showed the duck to Julia a la what waiters do when they show you wine. This was a bit weird because what would we do? Send the duck back? What made it weirder was the guy who was serving. Let’s just say he was channeling Lurch from the Addams Family. He showed us the duck again (from faraway where he was cutting it up) and with a frown/sneer propped the duck up and gave us a thumbs up. Since we are also weirdos, we took a picture.

Back to the food. The pancakes (in the background) were fresh, warm, and sooooo good. The duck skin was crispy and dripping with the fatty duck. The meat was tender and also oily from the skin. They didn’t serve us the rest of the duck so we’re not sure what the heck they did with it. We wrapped each bite of duck in the pancakes, added a few spears of cucumber and leek (heavy on the leek for me) and hoisin sauce. I don’t care how full you are, you will eat this until you can eat no more.

American Peking Restaurant: 20-24 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Written by joann

January 24, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Posted in chinese, hong kong, travels

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