While staying at the Shangri-La Beijing, we were lucky enough to enjoy a banquet put on at the award winning Shang Palace which has recently launched a new a la Carte menu representing “a move away from complexity and into simplicity” and what’s more, their new roast Peking duck is also available!
The Shang Palace is a traditional Chinese restaurant. The new menu offers over 150 dishes (don’t worry it also comes with pictures to help you make the right choice), so you might want to book extra time just to go through the menu!
As mentioned in our hotel review of the Shangri-la Beijing, the Shang Palace it is said to serve the best Peking Duck in Beijing so we thought we better try it for ourselves! It takes approx 1 hour to cook a Peking duck in a traditional duck wood fire oven, the Shangri-La Beijing can easily go through a whopping 200 Peking ducks per day!!
The Peking duck was served on 2 plates, one with the meat and the other with the duck skin/duck fat. We were also provided with a small plate of condiments and salad foods.
Our lovely host Catherine taught us 3 ways to eat Peking Duck and one really surprised us:
- Take the Peking Duck meat and skin/fat and place it in a small “pancake” (bun), along with cucumber and leak, garlic and a sauce.
- Place the Peking Duck meat and skin on a very thin wrap, along with cucumber and leak, garlic and a sauce, fold so it is in the shape of a wrap and eat.
- The most surprising way is to eat Peking Duck was by dipping the duck fat/skin into sugar!!! (it is amazing!!!)