Sunday, July 6, 2008

Beijing Duck & 15ème

Last weekend I was out of Taipei for both days. This weekend I decided to take it easy and only went out to see the Kung Fu Panda movie yesterday. If you like a movie that makes you laugh the whole time then it is a must see!

Today, I decided to try a Beijing Duck place that I came across when I first arrived in Taipei. The place looks crowded all the time so I thought it must be good. The first thing I noticed was they do not carve the duck in front of you. In fact, they brought the duck over and just flashed it at me. I did not even see what the duck looked like when the staff ran off with it! The duck is dead and cooked. Where does it need to go? Maybe the staff felt it needed some makeup?

A few minutes later, the carved duck and skin arrive at our table and we dug in. The duck was average and a bit dry. Not bad if you must have duck but I have had better.

The menu and name card are only in Chinese. Bring along someone who can read the menu if you only know English. Below is the photo of the shop in case you want to give it a try:

Back on April 26th, I had Peking duck with the foodie gang at a place along Fuxing North Road (near the Nanjing E Rd MRT station). I only have the Chinese name (陶然亭北平烤鴨) and the Chinese address (台北市復興北路86號2樓). I felt this place offered a better duck that had juicy meat and thin crispy skin. Also, you get to watch the skin & meat carved off right in front of your table. The carver is so skilled he uses only a towel to hold the duck in one hand and the knife in the other. When you see the hot steam after the skin is cut you can imagine how though it is the carver! Next time I will try to get some photos and a video. Really great duck and enjoy the entertainment of the carving.

After today's lunch, we decided to see if 15ème was open on a Sunday. I was happy to find out that it was! Take note, make reservations if you plan to dine in. This time I brought my camera. Have a look at a few cakes that we tried:

Mt. Blanc d'Imbert:

Lost in Paradise:

Did not manage to get the name:

A peek at the display case:

Consistently fresh and tasty ingredients....satisfaction!

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, and TODAY is a gift, that's why it's called the PRESENT." - Oogway, "Kung Fu Panda"


APlanet4Creation said...

We took the girls to see Kung Fu Panda. They like it.

foodie said...

We loved the movie. Laughed so hard throughout the show, as did the whole theatre!

I think I can be Po, the Kung Fu Panda, if I keep eating all the good food. I certainly can climb up the shelves and grab the cookies! Just need to work on my kung fu and doing the splits.