“Best Pecking Duck I’ve ever had in my life” – Bryan Che
Seriously, the Peking duck at Celestial Restaurant was phenomenal. It’s located upstairs of the Royal Inn Taipei on the second floor. The prices are quite reasonable (we paid around $40 for a 3-course duck meal and we did not even come close to finishing the food).
After bringing out the whole duck for show, they take it back into the kitchen, slice it up, and then bring out the golden, crispy skins. The freshly made pancakes were amazing. They were warm, chewy, and just the right thickness. We made little Peking duck “roll-ups” with duck skin, scallions, and hoisin sauce.
Next, the rest of the duck meat came out. Wow, the rolls made with duck skin plus duck meat was even tastier, in my opinion. The flavors of the fresh scallions, hoisin sauce, tender meat, and crispy skin came together in a perfect harmony of flavors.
Bryan ate eight rolls (!)
Finally, at the end of the meal, we got a big bowl of glass noodle soup made with the duck bones. The soup was flavorful and warm. We were so full at that point, however, we probably did not enjoy it as much as we would have enjoyed it had we had it first.
All in all, an excellent meal and a great value. According to my guide book , it’s the “best value Beijing duck in Taipei” ((The Rough Guide to Taiwan page 126).
Oh – I forgot to mention that we ordered a small appetizer that’s pretty well known there: blanched celery in a sweet mustard sauce. It’s surprising good. The pungent kick of wasabi is tempered by the sweetness of the sauce. It’s quite an interesting mix, and combined with the crunch of the celery, actually works pretty well.
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