Tuesday, September 28, 2010

QuanJuDe @ 299, Queen Street, Melbourne

A piece of Beijing has recently landed in Melbourne, situated in the more quieter Queen Street, away from the bustle and hustle of the main streets of Swanston and Elizabeth. Quan Ju De is famous for one thing; their Peking Roast Duck.
It is probably the norm to order the roast duck as the first question asked was whether we would like half a duck, so that that the order goes through while we browse the menu for other dishes.

But put 2 guys who likes their roast duck in the picture and it is a nothing less than a whole roast duck please, thank you very much.

The compulsory sides to a Peking Roast Duck; sliced scallions, cucumbers and sweet sauce.

While that was being prepared (i.e. the cooking and the carving, i understand that skill belongs to the one or two residential carvers so it can take awhile before they come to you), we had the stuffed chicken wing with glutinous rice. Served like a western dish, it came with a side salad too. A good start.

Course 1: The skin and just the skin. Crispy and not too oily, well towards the end, it does feel a bit too much.

Course 2: The glorious duck meat. The meat was well cooked; tender and went so well with the skin wraps below. I am at a lost of adjectives to describe the dish.

Unlike some wrappings that uses egg crepe, this one seems to be a plain flour base.

Course 3: A duck soup that was tasteless like what i read online and not even served warm. I suspect the bones are dumped into a huge pot and individual bowls are served according to the number of people you have. Just forget about this.

Apparently, the duck we ate was the 115,205,644th duck cooked by QuanJuDe. It certainly did not die in vain and was quite good despite the hefty price tag of AUD 68.

Address and contact details:

299, Queen Street,
Melbourne, 3000

Tel: 03-96700091

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Even though the restaurant was quite grandly decorated to the verge of being tacky, you can't deny the fact that they serve a good Peking Roast Duck. Whether the other dishes are worth ordering, i need a bigger group and another visit but judging from the duck and the chicken wing, the food can't be too far off.

Quanjude Peking Duck on Urbanspoon


J said...

Wah lau wei.
They have the blood of >115 MILLION ducks on their hands.

(That's a lot of duck)

J2Kfm said...

wait. Since you can order half a duck, how are they gonna put it in the cert? 1/2?

thule a.k.a leo said...

wow!! even the duck comes with certificate :P

vialentino said...

woah...the duck meat seriously looks delicious....yum yum

Michelle Chin said...

This is strange. How come some people wrote that the duck was lousy and this post seemed to be congruent to my dining experience in Quanjude last September?

Your post gave me hope that I should visit it sometime soon. :D

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: i did after all had JUST the duck but the duck was good except the soup. everyone has their own opinions i suppose.

vial: its serious all right.

leo: haha yea man dont play play!

j2kfm: maybe half duck no cert lor haha, we order one mah.

j: considering they have opened for biz for over a 100 years, 100+ million is nothing la hehe

Sean said...

gosh, i wonder if the customer who ordered the 100 millionth duck received any special complimentary gift! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: free duck for life? hehe.

melmonica said...

Your pics would look nicer if you didn't use flash. Cheerios~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

melmonica: its my phone so bear me with me, meanwhile do enjoy my other pictures.. =)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

AUD 68 for a duck?! That's damn expensive!! Lucky it tasted good.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: yeah bcos its done peking style. otherwise normal roast duck also around 40aud.

zewt said...

did you buy lottery with that number? :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: oh shit, how come i didnt think of that!

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