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Duck House

Map & Directions 501 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
  • Chinese
  • Daily 11:30am-3pm, Daily 5pm-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Lu Din Gee isn't dead - it just renamed itself Duck House (in English at least), and moved to the former location of the neo-Shanghai restaurant 501 Gourmet in Monterey Park. It is a bit grander than Lu Din Gee, with water features, heavy tablecloths and all-but-mandatory reservations, but the original concept is unchanged. Duck House is a thoroughly Taiwanese restaurant that just happens to specialize in Beijing duck, a place to come for spiffed-up versions of things like eel rice, pork belly with garlic and many preparations of the mysterious, fiber-rich jelly called konjac. But mostly you will come for the traditional duck service: crisp squares of the elaborately prepared roasted duck skin arranged on a platter, ready for you to fold into little tacos with ultrathin wheat pancakes, sweet bean jam and slivers of scallion. (The actual duck meat, sliced and served in the middle of the platter, is as always almost besides the point.) For a few extra dollars, you can also have the bones boiled into a bland, milky-white soup and the extra scraps of flesh stir-fried with bean sprouts. Veterans of the local Chinese-food wars still yearn for Quanjude in its prime, the short-lived outlet of the famous Beijing-duck chain based in Beijing itself, but until Obama can persuade Hu Jintao that duck is essential to the comity of nations, Duck House will more than do.

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  • Gianni S. on 02/10/13

    The "famous" Peking duck at Duck House is okay. Not flavorful at all. At what it's priced per plate, I expect it to wow me. If you want some good decent duck, go to Sam Woo.

  • Edwin ✯ on 04/06/11

    Must try the sticky rice with Eel

  • Los Angeles magazine on 01/30/12

    The duck is brought out with its lacquered hide separated from the moist flesh (a bland soup is made with the carcass), which you wrap in a rice-flour pancake...

  • Jib S. on 12/02/10

    Call 1 hour in Advance for Roasted Duck orders

  • emily a. on 05/09/10

    Make sure you call to reserve a duck and order a 3-way to eat!

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