Earlier this week I gave a lecture at a training program for middle school English teachers from Guangzhou. They held the closing ceremonies for the program this noon at the Quan Ju De Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant, and I was invited.
For most of the participants, this was their first trip to Beijing, so their first chance to eat authentic Beijing roast duck. And not just any roast duck at any old restaurant, but roast duck from Quan Ju De, “the most famous restaurant under heaven.”
At the end of the meal, the waiters gave each of us a certificate — proof we could take back to our families and friends that we had, indeed, eaten at Quan Ju De.
Not only that, the certificate identified by number exactly which duck we had eaten. Number 100560.
I’m normally not a fan of this restaurant because I think they are way overpriced (you pay for the name), but I have to admit that Duck 100560 was one of the tastiest ducks I’ve ever eaten.
And now I’ve even got the certificate to prove it!!!
Brianna and I ate there about a month ago. We were thoroughly pleased. Twenty-three years ago brad and I had our first Peking roasted duck. The owner took our picture and it ended up on the back of a city’s telephone book. That city was NOT Beijing. Can you guess which city? Linda
Let’s see….if my memory serves me correctly, you and Brad were in Xinyang, Henan.
Wow, that restaurant must have all their ducks in a row…I couldn’t resist.
Is that the Beijing Restaurant that is called the Sick Duck Restaurant since it is near a hospital? I ate at that Peking duck restaurant years ago and it was suppose to be famous.
It is mostly likely the same restaurant, although we were at a new branch of it near the Friendship Hotel.