chifa: duck week

chifa duck

The moment I got the newsletter from Garces Restaurant Group regarding Duck Week at Chifa, Chef Jose Garces’s Peruvian/Cantonese restaurant, I knew I had to go. Duck is one of my favorite meats and what better opportunity for me to indulge! I’ve been here once before for Restaurant Week and had a great experience, so this one was sure to be something special.

manchego/yucca puffs w/ sriracha/guava butter

first course

solterito salad – edamame, long beans, tomatoes, queso fresco, toasted garlic dressing
marinated olives – yuzu-marinated peruvian olives, pickled white onions
duck ceviche – duck confit, cherry puree, foie gras torchon, brioche croutons

second course

mussels – white rum, coconut broth, thai basil, lemongrass, jalapeno
duck buns – roasted duck, hoisin glaze, pickled diakon & carrot, togarashi mayo
duck chicharron – crispy duck, green curry lentils, pickled ginger and napa cabbage, cracklins

third course

yu choy – ginger-soy glazed snap peas, chinese water spinach, enoki mushrooms, fennel
duck chaufa – wok fried rice, duck confit, soy glazed duck breast
chifa duck – served with hoisin, scallions & sichuan peppercorn crepes

dessert course

foie gras ice cream – pistachio cookie, caramel apple paint, cracklins, pink peppercorns
Those puffs that were brought out at the start were AMAZING. Absolutely delicious on their own and the spicy and sweet sriracha/guava butter set them over the edge!

I don’t love or hate mussels. I eat them, but I probably would never order them at a restaurant if it were to be my entree. Nothing quite reels me in about them. The broth of Chifa’s mussels though…oh boy. I’m pretty sure I took my spoon to it and finished it all. That could very well be the cause of my stomach ache the next day or so..that or the mass amount of food consumed.

The pork chicharron dish was great. It had a very homestyle, comfort food feel to it and was extremely flavorful. The ginger packed a punch!

I really enjoyed Chifa’s take on peking duck. It was served along with the traditional ingredients, hoisin, scallions, and a pancake/crepe to wrap it all up in. Chifa puts their own spin on it with the addition of sichuan pepper crepes. What a great idea that was! The crepes had a touch of sweet with a hint of sichuan peppercorn, which was great, since a lot of sichuan peppercorn can be extremely overwhelming. All together, it made for one delicious peking duck dish.

Everything was fantastic and if there’s to be another Duck Week in 2011, count me in for sure!

Huge thanks for hockey teammate/friend Samer for tagging along, glad you enjoyed the meal!

Chifa has a Weyerbacher beer dinner coming up on October 28, get to it!

707 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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sang kee peking duck house

Tonight I took the pops out for dinner. It was between peking duck and yakitori, but peking duck won, since I haven’t had it in forever. We went over to the acclaimed Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Philly’s Chinatown. I always passed but never went until tonight.

I always get excited when I walk into a place and see the ducks hanging by the front and the chefs preparing the dishes. Ahhhhh! I guess I didn’t mention that I LOVE peking duck…like a LOT. It’s soooooooo good (when done right of course, I’ve had some pretty awful duck before).

We started our meal off with roast pork wonton noodle soup. The soups on the menu are perfect for two people. The soup used thin noodles and was delicious. The broth had an extra sweetness, probably due to the roast pork.

For the duck, we got a half portion ($19.95). They serve their duck here in two courses, first traditionally with the pancakes, hoisin, and scallions. The second course is a stir fry of duck, green beans, scallions, peppers, and onions. The duck and pancakes were good, though I do prefer my duck with crispy skin, and this skin coulda been much crispier. It still did a great job satisfying a craving for peking duck though! The second course was really tasty. There was a sauce they used (maybe oyster) but everything just came together really well.

I did wish the skin was a bit crispier, but it was a good experience and I’ll probably be back next time the peking duck craving kicks in.

Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 N. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

P.S. They don’t take credit cards, so if you plan on going, make sure you bring some cash!

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