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Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (全聚德 Quánjùdé) was founded in 1864. It has a history of 149 years. It is such an old and famous roast duck restaurant that Quanjude Roast Duck is almost the synonym of Beijing Roast Duck.
With branches spanning the globe, Quanjuede is the most famous Beijing Duck restaurant around the world. For over a hundred years, the art of roasting the ducks and selecting the ideal condiments and dishes to be paired with them is still being perfected. Its mid-range price makes Quanjuede the quintessential duck restaurant in the city.
Through continuous innovation and development, Quanjude has created special feasts with Beijing Roast Duck as the main course and the dining highlight such as the "Whole Duck Banquet" and more than 400 specialties. It is known as "the first dish to taste in China," and Quanjude Roast Duck is highly praised by heads of state, government officials, and domestic and foreign tourists. Quanjude Whole Duck Banquet has often been chosen for government state banquets.
In Beijing, there are about 10 Quanjude branches. The original is the Qianmian branch, and some are huge and can seat 1,000 or more people. See below for a list and details. The typical meal price per person is about 200 RMB or about 30 USD. One whole roasted duck costs about 298 RMB (43 USD), and you can order side dishes. They don't serve only duck. There are other kinds of meat dishes such as fish dishes, but the best dishes are the duck dishes.
It will help to be able to specify to the waiter what sort of duck dish you'd prefer. So here we wrote out the Chinese for common dishes served there in pinyin and phonetically. The Chinese character names on the right might help you identify what is on the menu.
|Beijing Roast Duck||Běijīng kǎoyā||bay-jing kaoww-yaa||北京烤鸭|
|Shredded roast duck with jellyfish||fèi hǎizhē bàn huǒ yā sī||fay heye-jer ban hwor yaa srr||费海蜇拌火鸭丝|
|Duck tongues with assorted vegetables||tiáo cài bàn yā lì||tyaoww tseye ban yaa lee||条菜拌鸭脷|
|Duck wings with coriander||xiāngsuī yā yì||sshyang-sway yaa ee||香荽鸭翼|
|Gaoyou fried crispy duck||Gāoyóu xiāng sūmá yā||gaoww-yoh sshyang soo-ma yaa||高邮香酥麻鸭|
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People never eat roast duck only during a meal. The restaurant has standard side dishes and condiments that are now traditional.
Side dishes: thin pancakes 春饼 chūnbǐng, hollow sesame biscuits 芝麻饼 zhīmabǐng.
Condiments: sweet plum sauce 梅酱 méijiàng, scallions 葱 cōng, cucumber and sugar 糖和黄瓜 táng hé huángguā, mashed garlic 大蒜 dàsuàn.
A roast duck isn't salted. So you'll want to add the condiments for flavoring. Roast duck can be tasted in three ways with different condiments. The first way is to pick a little sweet sauce with chopsticks and spread it on the pancake. Then place a few slices of duck as well as slices of scallion, cucumber or radish on the pancake, and roll it up. This is the most common way. The second way is to add mashed garlic and soy sauce on the duck slices; radish slices are also a good choice. The third way is to dip the duck slices in sugar, and it is a particularly suitable method for ladies and children.
There are two kinds of staple food that can be eaten along with the roast duck, lotus-leaf pancakes (a kind of thin pancake) and hollow sesame biscuits. Spread some sweet sauce on two pancakes and put slices of roast duck, scallions and cucumber on them, then roll them up. Alternatively, you can replace the sweet sauce with mashed garlic and soy sauce, then add cucumber or radish slices and roll them up.
There are other side dishes and condiments available.
According to Chinese medicinal cuisine theory, it is best to eat roast duck in spring, autumn and winter. Normally, duck is tender and fat in winter and spring, and autumn provides a proper temperature and humidity for roasting. In summer, however, people don’t like greasy food. What’s more, the weather is humid in summer; moisture in the air always makes the duck skin less crispy.
So far, Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant has opened a number of branches in several cities, and about 10 of them are in Beijing, though this keeps changing, as new branches open and others move/close.
Here we have listed seven recommended branches of Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant that are well established in Beijing.
Qianmen Branch is the original restaurant of Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant with a history of ver 150 years. The restaurant has an area of 2,000 square meters (21,000 sq ft) and can accommodate 1,000 people at a time. Built in a classic style, the whole building is full of traditional Chinese characteristics.
This restaurant has received many politicians and celebrities, such as former US President George W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Edward Heath, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu, Fidel Castro, and so on.
Opened on May 1, 1979, Tian'anmen Branch has a floor space of 15,000 square meters including a usable area of 4,000 square meters. It can accommodate more than 2,000 consumers at a time. It is also the largest roast duck restaurant in the world.
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