Since Great China closed, I haven't had any good roast duck in the East Bay. Any recent experiences worth mentioning? Since the chef at Great China started working at Mandarin Garden, I've not heard any reports about the duck. Last night I hit three places in Oakland Chinatown with limited success:
I've actually had New Gold Medal's a few times. It's great in the congee, but it's never great by itself. Last night, the orangish skin was soggy and the meat was not especially flavorful.
Gum Kuo's got a nice color and crispy skin, but their duck wasn't very meaty. Also, the skin was so heavily doused with MSG that it was almost unpalatable. At least the fantastic cheung fun made this place a worthwhile stop.
The meat at Yung Kee was plentiful and juicy, but almost none of the fat had rendered and the skin was soggy.
I've seen good reports for all these places, so I wonder if nighttime is a bad time to have roast duck in Chinatown. That notwithstanding, any other places I should hit? It doesn't have to be Chinese.
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