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Unless you live in downtown Flushing near the $1 Peking Duck Bun stall, getting a taste of Peking Duck with its crisply rendered skin, tender meat and sweet bean sauce is a full-on commitment. For the good ones, you've got to order at least a whole duck, oftentimes a day in advance so the kitchen has time for the complicated prep.
At least so I though. At Red Egg, a modern-ish dim sum/cocktail bar/Chinese American restaurant on Centre Street just off of Canal, Peking duck is a casual lunch affair. For $24, you get an entire half duck, carved tableside into thin juicy nuggets and served with tender, yeasty steamed buns along with hoisin sauce, scallions, and cucumber. It's a hearty enough portion that it could feed two for lunch easily (they also serve quarter ducks for $14), or light enough to make a good appetizer for a larger group. Ed, Carey, and I shared a dish of them last week during lunch. No advance ordering necessary, hot on your table in ten minutes or less, and just as inexpensive as any of the grungy Peking duck or Chiense BBQ shops in the area with a much quieter, cleaner feel.
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