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Beijing Duck at China Wok in Vienna

Steve | Dec 21, 201406:54 PM

Based on a Washington Post article about Beijing Duck, five Chowhounds tried out the BD at China Wok in Vienna. I have a rather laconic view regarding BD, and I do not claim to be able to tell the difference between one or another. But my observation is that the duck was well received by all, most importantly by the person who initiated this expedition and insisted on a BD meal before Christmas.

Along with the duck, we orderd two items: Zha Jiang Mian (the classic Beijinger noodles in bean paste sauce) and eggplant yu shiang.

The noodles were homemade, thick and chewy. Very pleasing. The sauce, studded with diced tofu, was bland. No raw shredded vegetables served with this ZJM as is sometimes the custom.

The eggplant, with onion and mushrooms, was beautifully prepared and a relatively dry version with only a touch of clinging sauce. Extremely well executed.

The meal was an overall success.

One bit of weirdness in the Washington Post article: the critic ordered some Sichuanese dishes to go with the duck. To nobody's surprise, they were underwhelming. My advice to the critic: next time you're in Marseilles, order seafood, not the fried chicken. And if you're in Kentucky, for god's sake skip the bouillabaisse!

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