Groundhog Day has concluded and the Year of the Rabbit has just commenced. Where then to celebrate both Pete and Bugs? Allow me to introduce Deyi Peking Duck House.
In the space previously occupied by Northeast Taste, Deyi 德益坊 (De2 Yi4 Fang1) is ready to join the sanctum of great Chinese alternatives in Flushing. The owner is from Beijing and the chefs are from Shenyang. The chow is unmistakably northern with some Sichuan dishes appended.
The menu is in English and Chinese with two dozen-color photos. The dining room décor is red and black with several large round tops and two, semi-private dining areas. Deyi has quietly become a go-to stop for large groups in the mood for delicious devouring.
So, how is the $28.95 Deyi Peking Duck? Lacquered and luscious. They know what they are doing here. Inside the kitchen is a special roast-duck oven and it’s prepared in the classical way. The skin crackles; the pancakes are thin and the hoisin sauce is not diluted. Fork out ten dollars more for Peking Duck “three-way." They’ll also deliver table-side Duck Soup and a small dish of Shredded Duck and Tofu. Ask politely and they’ll let you harvest the duck carcass. On one visit, the manager apologized for a less than stellar looking duck, saying the ovens were not working properly. Other trips manifested no issues.
Over the course of several visits, a swarm of dishes were sampled.
Cold Mix Dry Tofu
Spicy Egg with Tofu – Heavenly. Soft tofu, 1000 year-old eggs and a spicy sauce.
Sliced Pork Hock
Tiger Vegetables – their version with peanuts
Sautéed Potato, Green Pepper and Eggplant
Three Kinds of Kidney Sautéed – Intestines, Liver and Kidney in this dish
Sautéed Chinese Yam with Wood-Ears
West Szechwan Bandits Style Pork Liver – for bandits or liver lovers only!
Braised Pork with Chestnuts in Brown Sauce – Uhmmmm Pork Belly
Dry Sautéed Frog with Peppers – lots of onion, garlic and hot peppers
Deep Fried Boneless Ribs with Salt and Pepper - melts in your mouth
Seafood: Elaborately prepared...
Braised Fish with Sweet and Sour Coconut Sauce - #1 so far…
Braised Whole Fish with Soybean Sauce
Dry Sautéed Eel with Hot Peppers in Hot Pot
Shangcheng Spring Fish
Vegetable & Tofu Dishes:
House Style Stewed Tofu
Mushrooms with Edible Rape in Oyster Sauce
Sautéed Pea Shoots – (豆苗 Dou4 Miao2) Not on the menu but they have it
Desert - delivered free after each meal but YMMV!
Deep Fried Red Bean Rolls
Steamed Mashed Yams
Soup – superb with bits of orange, tapioca and sour kiwi fruit
Free parking available in the rear at the car park off Dahlia Avenue. (Park in the numbered areas of 8-20.)
Deyi also offers four different banquets sets for ten people. 13 dishes (including Peking Duck) for $168.00 or $228.00 Then there are two more for $328.00 and $528.00 These latter two banquets offer a special Braised Big Duck in Onions 京葱扒大鴨 (Jing1 Cong1 Pa2 Da4 Ya1) instead of Peking Duck.
Perhaps the Braised Big Duck in Onions looks like this:
There is plenty of sophisticated cooking going on here by adroit wok tenders. Staff is friendly and helpful. At lunch there are 39 specials (with rice and soup) starting at $3.99!
Deyi Peking Duck House - 德益坊
43-18 Main Street - between Dahlia and Cherry Avenues
Flushing, NY 11355
Open everyday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
Deyi Peking Duck House
43-18 Main St, Queens, NY 11355