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Dinner at Great China, Berkeley.

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Dinner at Great China, Berkeley.

Peter | Jun 2, 2003 01:40 PM

Great China, Berkeley. Reputed to have the best Peking Duck in the BA. It is on Kittredge, just north of Shattuck.

Early dinner on sunday evening. Already a crowd has gathered. We had a reservation (party of 10), and was seated in the upper level. The place is very crowded inside, probably violates the fire code. The upper level is a little cooler, with a fan and an open window. But it is also much noisier. We had trouble hearing the waitress just across the table.

We ordered two ducks, two kinds of boiled dumplings, pot stickers, orange peel beef, sea cucumbers, large sweat pea leafs (?). They comped us the dessert (sweet sticky rice).

The duck was as advertised. The skin was crispy and the fatty layer was removed. The meat was hand shredded in a mount underneath the skin. The pancakes (not steamed buns) was paper thin, and they provided a good number of them. The scallion was very thinly jullienned. All in all definitely the best Peking Duck I've had, BA or otherwise.

The dumplings were a disappointments. The two kinds tasted the same, with the skin slightly chewy. The pot stickers also have the same filling, and the bottom was not crispy. They seem to have been re-heated.

The orange peel beef was highly tenderised, with the result that it has little beef taste.

The sea cucumber and the vegetable were both excellent. I did not taste the dessert.

Out the door for $19 per person, tips and tax included.

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