It’s not Beijing, but Taipei has some pretty good Peking Duck as well. One of the more famous ones is at the Dragon Restaurant (otherwise known as Longdu), which is, strangely, located in the Japanese district of all places in Taipei.
Not much to say about this place except that they are big and they offer a mean Peking Duck carved up in the traditional way served with pancake, spring onion, and tangy hoisin sauce. They also offer some other traditional dim sums (around 30 types) if that’s not enough.
Check out the waitress carving up the whole duck on the spot.
And here is the finished product.
And here it is served with the pancake, spring onion and sauce.
As you can see, the oily skin is crispy and the duck meat is succulent. Unlike a lot of other Peking Duck restaurants, Dragon provides plenty of flesh, but And the pancake is nice and fluffy and hot. It’s up there with the famous Peking Duck joints I sampled during my most recent trip to Beijing about a year ago.
As the whole duck leaves a lot of meat and bone, most people will choose a second dish to use up the rest, a congee that is also their second specialty. The price of the two-course Peking Duck is NT$1500.
And here are some of the other dim sums we ordered, such as zhaliang (fried dough wrapped in steamed rice noodle), pan fried turnip cake and steamed pork chunks with black bean sauce. All were passable, not extraordinary. But they are not the reason people go to the restaurant. Check it.
And for dessert, we got these fried glutinous rice balls with sesame and black sesame filling. Not my kind of thing but everyone else loved it.
Dragon Restaurant seems to be always busy, so if you plan to go there to try some of Taiwan’s best Peking Duck, make sure you book well in advance. I didn’t care much for their dim sums, but the duck was awesome. Average expenditure is probably about NT$500-$900 per person.
Dragon Restaurant (Longdu) (龍都酒樓)
Address: 18-1, Ln 105, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 1, Taipei (nearest MRT Zhongshan Station, red line)
Phone: (02) 2563-9293
Hours: 11:30am to 2pm, 5:45pm to 9pm Mon-Fri; 11:20am to 2pm, 5:45pm to 9pm Sat-Sun