As I mentioned in my “Dovetail NYC” post, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this week. To be specific, it was our 2-year wedding anniversary. The second year’s anniversary gifts are cotton (traditional) and china (modern) and as a person who loves a good theme, I ran with the idea of china. No, I didn’t buy my husband new plates and bowls. And no, I didn’t take him to China. But, I did do the next best thing… a day exploring NYC’S Chinatown!
We kicked off the day with lunch at Peking Duck House. We have always enjoyed this restaurant for its Peking duck – more specifically, its Peking duck skin! Ah yes, we do enjoy some crispy duck skin. We started our meal with the Spicy White Cabbage- crisp, sweet and sour cabbage with a delicious kick of chilies and ginger. We also had the Steamed Pork Buns- tender, flavorful bites of seasoned ground pork wrapped inside a dumpling-type dough and steamed until a heavenly pool of pork broth forms in the bottom of each bun. One must be careful when eating these buns to make sure not to lose that awesome broth. I like to put the bun inside a spoon and eat it from the spoon so that if any broth comes out, I’ve got it captured. We dress up our buns with the provided “bun sauce” which is a combination of soy sauce, vinegar and ginger. The acidity of the sauce is a nice contrast to the richly flavored pork.
And now, for the star of today’s luncheon feast… The Duck! One of the servers brings the duck to our table and presents it to us. “Your duck,” he says. Then the carving chef comes out and carves it tableside for us making sure to get every square inch of the crispy, shiny brown skin. He shingles each slice on a platter methodically and the platter is placed in the center of the table and the accompaniments- perfect batonnets of cucumber, julienne of scallion, pancakes and “special sauce”- are place around this platter. We simply dig in. There is no other way to put it. It was delicious, as always. The cool, crunchy vegetables are just perfect with the moist, tender duck meat and the fatty yet crispy skin. And the sauce? Lick-the-bowl good, if I were that kind of girl.
Once we waddled away from our table, we made our way to the Museum of the Chinese in America for a guided tour of Chinatown. This was a very informative and interesting 90-minute tour and we highly recommend it.
After the tour, we treated ourselves to a scoop of ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I had the Lychee ice cream and my husband had the Chocolate Oreo ice cream. Mine was perfectly creamy and fruity with lots of nice chunks of lychee. My husband said he would have preferred more chunks of Oreo, but he said it was okay.
And that concludes our tour of Chinatown. Now I have to start planning for next year’s gift…
The Peking duck feast!
The Steamed Pork Buns
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