a few friends and i decided to try out the peking duck at king fung's (at 74 kneeland st) on wednesday night, and it was sure worth the price of admission! for 32$ we got a three course extravaganza that was excellent all around...we of course called them up the night before to ask them to get the bird ready, so within just a couple minutes of our arrival the (very nice) waitress brought out a beautiful glazed whole duck for our inspection. it looked just wonderful, and inspired some longing looks from other diners in the room. course one was the deliciously rendered crispy skin, served with the classic peking duck sauce, crunchy scallions and tender pancakes. course two was the juicy meat of the duck, accompanied by still crisp vegetables and bean sprouts, a nice savory dish full of bright flavors. the last round consisted of an almost delicate brothed soup filled with large creamy tofu chunks and pieces of bone from the carcass that had still flavorful chunks of meat on them.
what a great deal. we had a couple extra dishes as well (there were five of us, but two diners only had minimal amounts of the duck servings): flaky brown scallion pancakes, pork dumplings in fantastic, seemingly homemade wrappers, chewy rice cakes with sprightly vegetables and whole, totally non-greasy fried shrimp with spicy red and green peppers. a couple people also had hot and sour soup, and pronounced it quite good ("mushroomy" was one adjective tossed out), though i didn't try that myself.
the tea that we got seemed different from the standard weak jasmine, but being no tea expert i can't hazard a guess on what it may have been.
all in all, a really tasty meal and even though we threw for the chef's special peking duck, we got out of there for 16$ apiece including tip. a return trip here is surely in the cards for all involved.