Top 5: Peking Duck in Houston

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Photos by Mai Pham
Haven't been able to get Peking Duck off my mind since I saw this...
I'm one of those people who gets super-strong cravings for food. It can be a whiff, a smell, a dish that someone mentions, a feeling that I associate with the weather, or something I see through a restaurant window that causes the craving. In this instance, ever since I saw a Peking Duck carved table-side during a recent trip to Los Angeles, I haven't been able to stop craving it, and craving it led me to thinking: If I wanted Peking Duck in Houston, where would I go?

Years ago, there used to be a place on Bellaire Boulevard that would bring out the whole Peking Duck and carve it in front of you, but currently, I don't know of such a place. Still, that doesn't mean we don't have good Peking Duck in Houston. Here are the Top 5 places I would go to satisfy my cravings. And if your go-to place isn't listed, do share! I'm always on the lookout for great Peking Duck.

5. A Ly

There's a faction of people that say this is the best Peking Duck in the city. You get the whole duck and 10 sweet buns instead of pancakes. It's such a popular dish that on any given night, most of the tables will be eating the Peking Duck. The price is good ($24.30), and you'll only have to wait about 15 minutes before you get the whole duck delivered in all its glory to your table. If you want Peking Duck with the buns in a no-frills type restaurant, this is the place for you.

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A whole order of Peking Duck at Shanghai Restaurant....beautiful and delicious.
4. Shanghai Restaurant

I pretty much like just about everything that comes out of this family-run kitchen, the Peking Duck included. It comes with the buns, the skin is super crispy, and the sauce is great. But while I love the Peking Duck, I love the salt-toasted spareribs more. Order both, and you will be in glorious, tasty, Chinese food heaven. For parties of two, Shanghai is especially convenient: you can order a half duck portion for just $16.

3. Peking Cuisine

Just as the name would imply, the claim to fame at this restaurant is the Peking Duck. I highly recommend calling ahead to reserve it if you plan to come after 6:30 p.m. They regularly sell out of their signature dish, which comes with the traditional pancakes instead of buns, as well as a large bowl of duck soup made with some greens and the bones from the duck. The only reason it's not at the top of my list is because the duck skin isn't always as crisp as I would like it to be, but for the price ($25.95), you can't beat it.

2. Fung's Kitchen

The Peking duck here is just how I like it. The skin is crisp, the duck comes laid out in impressive fashion on a large platter, the sauce is very good, and you can choose whether you want pancakes or steamed buns with it. Fung's is also great if you're in a large group, because the dining room is large enough to accommodate big parties. Available daily for about $30.

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Peking duck at Arco Seafood. Super-thin crispy skin? Check. Soft big pillowy buns? Check.Yum...

1. Arco Seafood

My number one spot goes to Arco seafood because it does everything right. The service is fast and efficient, the restaurant is fancy without being too big, the noise level is just right, and the Peking Duck, when it comes out, has the perfect crispy skin with all the fat rendered, and just enough meat on it to counterbalance the crispy skin. The buns are also soft and big, and taste homemade. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Available daily for about $30.



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Peking Cuisine

8332 SW Freeway, Houston, TX

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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

9116 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

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An Ly Oriental Food Restaurant

11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

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28 comments
quangho8
quangho8

Mai, the restaurant you reference was called Golden Duck.  That chef has moved on to Lucky Pot.  You should try that place since he actually comes out and carves the duck in front.  It is my favorite and the closest thing to authentic in Houston.

DanMoto
DanMoto

The best thing about Fung's Kitchen is their environment.  But their food is just OK.  If I were to rearrange the list strictly on taste, Fung's would be the last on this list.  Not a bad list though.

Eric S
Eric S

Went to Shanghai Restaurant tonight. Peking Duck was delicious and so were the other dishes we tried. Also, the owner was very friendly and accommodating. I will totally go back there. Thanks Mai!

Dang
Dang

Which Shanhai restaurant is this? the one on Bellaire and Ranchester or in the Golden Foods market?

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Never had "real" Peking Duck. Seeing these photos and reading the reviews makes me kick myself in the butt for being so late to the boat. I will fix that soon.TA

Jus asking
Jus asking

how much better are these compared to the duck that they serve at the 99 ranch market?

Am_Bro_Se
Am_Bro_Se

Oh dear God. I need this. Right now. From every place on the list.

Walkslikeaduck
Walkslikeaduck

I adore the Peking duck at Fung's, which looks much like Arco's.  I understand at Peking Cuisine, you have to order 24 hours in advance.  That and the lack of BUNS has kept me from that venue.  This is in my near future.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@quangho8 oooh! carved duck at Lucky Pot! I'm definitely going to try it! Thanks for the tip!!!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Wow, that was fast! Glad you enjoyed. Queenie is a sweetheart. I need to get my Peking Duck fix, stat!

Xiuxiuxoxo
Xiuxiuxoxo

Added bonus Eric: Lots of hooker houses on Ranchester. Also very friendly and accommodating for thick bearded man like you!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

It's the one at 9116 Bellaire Blvd/ at Ranchester. 

Dang
Dang

oops I meant Shanghai**

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

If you're asking about 99 Ranch market, are you talking about Roast Duck, like the ones they have hanging in the Chinese barbecue? It's a completely different ballpark. No comparison.

Ahandal
Ahandal

About as much better as a steak from Morton's is than a steak from Chili's

MadMac
MadMac

After trying to talk my Mrs. into any of these establishments, (instead of Mark's) I know what I'm NOT doing this weekend. After asking her why-- just because it's her birthday, does she think she can choose the restaurant-- I think I need some ice for the lump on my head. 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Seriously? I have never seen or had Peking Duck there. But if you've had it, please do tell. 

BartonFink
BartonFink

You. Are like. So right. Right now. And always. Rock on Am_Bro_Se. ! .

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Traditional Peking Duck is with the pancakes, so the version with the buns is not quite as authentic as the version with pancakes.  At Peking Cuisine, if you want several ducks then order 24 hour in advance. However, for a small party it's enough to call on the same night around 5pm and reserve one.

Laurie
Laurie

Mark's meh. If you go, bring a sandwich.

Trixielv
Trixielv

How does someone know that to be the case? I mean, the pancake v. bun thing? One being more traditional and authentic?

SealyHousewife
SealyHousewife

Can I pull any mallard or white duck out of my pond to slaughter and roast? Or is there a specific species of duck that is preferred traditionally, if I want the most authentic Beijing Duck? 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

It goes back to the origin of the dish. Peking duck is from Beijing in Northern China, which was formerly known as Peking. It is a well known national Chinese dish. If you know people from that region, you can ask them for confirmation, but a quick online search will confirm that Peking Duck is traditionally served with thin, handmade pancakes.

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