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expatfoodie | | Mar 24, 2012 12:35 PM

What a heading right? Well, my mother was visiting from Vancouver back in Oct and happened to go to Chinatown and decided to buy half a barbecued duck to bring home. She said, "make sure you watch them when they cut up your take away duck because they will steal some of the meat if you don't watch them." I am sure you can tell I am Chinese with a true blue Chinese Mom! Well, I had a good laugh at the time. Having lived here for the past 2 years and never encountering this problem before I was totally shocked to say that it happened today. And of all places from Gold Mine in Bayswater which is reputed to make the best Chinese barbecued duck in London. I am just past 50 so have eaten plenty of duck over the years. I like to take the duck home on the bone as I like to use the bones to make some stock for noodles. As a nice gesture for my "Gwai Lo" husband i decided to take the meat off the bone for him. Well, that is when I realized that they had "tao jau de youk" basically, stollen some meat.
I am totally disgusted. To charge 10 pounds for half a duck and then to take away some of the choicest pieces of meat (and for those of you in the know, you know there are only a few choice pieces on a duck with one being the drum). When that piece is missing you know you have been ripped off! And a duck breast cut chinese style has at least 5 pieces not 3! No I will not bother calling the restaurant, what would be the point. But be warned. A shame, their duck is good but I will never go back! Has anyone ever run into this before? If they tried this in Vancouver, they would be out of business pretty darn quick just through word of mouth.

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