Prompted by this article in yesterday's Globe (yeah, like I need prompting to go to Fuloon):
Today, I checked out Fuloon for lunch to try this dish. I've always wanted to try some of the duck dishes that get praise here regularly, but I have found myself in a bit of a rut only ordering the more spicy fare. This was my opportunity to break free, my plan was to order dishes that I have never tried there, but I couldn't resist getting the Bang Bang Chicken app, one of my favorites.
I ordered the Steamed Meatball, and while I've never had it before, I believe it was (or close to) what other establishments call Lions Head meatball based upon descriptions I've read on this board.. Giant meatball with a velvety smooth, moist interior, served in a light but deeply flavored (I think) pork broth with some greens in there as well.
The Tea Smoked Duck. 1/2 duck hacked into about 8 pieces. The skin was nicely crisp and most, but not all fat was rendered from it which is good...who doesn't love duck fat.
The meat itself was very moist and tender. As for the tea smoked flavor, I've been grappling with how to describe it (except for very good) deep, aromatic, satisfying. The smoke flavor permeated the meat and the tea flavor takes on a very different, bold characteristic that I would not associate with the flavor of a cup of tea and I've had some fairly heady asian teas. Bonus, there was a pleasant undertone of that "ma" tingly sensation from the Sichuan peppercorns. Second bonus, I get to do this all again tonight for dinner with the leftovers.
As usual, a great meal, and I got to try a few new things. By the way, Chef Zhang was cooking today (Friday).
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