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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Peking Cuisine !

8332 Southwest Freeway

I love Peking Duck. My wife loves Peking Duck. Everybody loves Peking Duck. Peking Cuisine serves an excellent Peking Duck. Go to Peking Cuisine.

You should call a few hours or even a day in advance to reserve your duck. They don't reserve tables, just ducks. And only one person there speaks English proficiently, so be patient when you call to reserve your duck. You should probably reserve one duck for 4 people. If you have 6 people, you can still order one duck, but you'll probably need to supplement from the rest of their good menu.

The Peking Duck here is a bargain. $23 for a meal. When I say a meal, I mean that the duck comes with steamed bok choy (Napa cabbage for you Californians) and a soup infused with the duck bones and tofu. Yummy.

The duck here is excellent. They cook away quite a bit of fat compared to A Ly (on Bellaire) and the skin comes crisp and flavorful. They come out with a doctored up hoisin sauce that seems more runny than normal, but also less salty and more appropriate to the duck. The wrap is homemade and very thin. I prefer the non-traditional A Ly wrap, but I see the draw of this thinner wrap when the duck is so flavorful. After you finish the duck and bok choy, they'll bring out a big bowl of soup filled with cabbage, soft tofu, and the duck bones and dark meat from your duck. The soup brings lightness to a flavorful meal.

Oh yeah, if you're in the mood for adventure, try the "la pi", "pi lo", or something like that. I forgot what it was called, only that it's thick clear noodles in a garlic sauce. Absolutely fantastic side dish with the duck if you're in the mood for some strong flavors--vinegar, garlic and peppers.

The service at this restaurant is problematic. The wait to get a table is annoying on the weekends. The tea is mediocre. But the Peking Duck and the fact that everyone is Chinese mitigates all its faults. Peking Duck is yum yum at Peking Cuisine.



governor said...

Huan - I had lunch last Sunday at Saigon Noodle House on Gessner (in the Hong Kong Market Shopping Center) and it was all sorts of goodness!

Dare I say it, but I would rate the pho better than Mai's or Kim Son. I also tried a dish of Bun (with eggroll) and enjoyed it too. The place was clean and not too busy for a Sunday afternoon.

There's also a Pho 21 in the same shopping center as Saigon - but I've heard it's not anywhere as good as the one we have here in Clear Lake.

Have you tried either of these places?

August 11, 2005

Huan said...

Governor. You really need to try Pho Nguyen or Pho Binh. If you look around Mai's or Kim Son, you'll notice that the Vietnamese folks rarely order pho there. It's not that it's bad, but Houston just has too many better pho places.

I haven't tried Pho 21, but as a general rule, I don't usually like pho restaurants with a number after the word pho... Pho 2000, Pho 76, Pho 81.

August 14, 2005

governor said...

Okay – I’ll seek out Pho Nguyen (is there only one?). And I think I’ve seen a Pho Binh… but where?

Tell me why you don’t like Pho places with #s?

Near my office, we have Pho 21 and Pho Hoang. Actually, we have two Pho Hoangs and this weekend I tried a “Vietnamese Burrito” at one of the Pho Hoangs. I think it was really Bo Nuong Xa. The dish was like a “make your own spring roll” kind of thing. Fun and tasty!

Ah – but I wanted to tell you that I found Fung’s Kitchen on 59! I was pumped and ready for some dim sum – only to realize that they served dim sum during the day and not at night. Drat!!!

August 14, 2005

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Fiona said...

Can anyone recommend a good place for Bun Xao Mem (a wide rice noodle dish in a white sauce)? I used to order at Nam's on Westheimer all the time before they changed their cook/recipe - it's just not the same anymore. I love the flavourful rice noodles - Houston recommendations would be much appreciated!!

January 10, 2007


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