We tried both most famous Beijing ducks – one at Quanjude (open oven) and one at Bianyifang (closed oven). We were at Quanjude at Wangfujing on a weekend without a reservation, but there was no wait time. It is in a side street, just 30 meters off Wangfujing, you will easily see the neon lights and the two big yellow ducks.
So, which one was better?
The biggest difference is the skin, we thought it was more thoroughly cooked through at Bianyifang (yummy!), while it was a little crispier, but more fatty, at Quanjude. Here, we were served the first slices of skin with white sugar, very interesting, tastes like Churro.
Condiments were more or less the same, although the menu at Quanjude was easier to understand and we were able to order a whole array of more unusual condiments to go with the traditional duck. This meant we could also try new combinations, not only sauce, cucumber, scallions.
Lastly, the pancakes – light and ultra-thin at Bianyifang, a little thicker and soggy at Quanjude.
So, hard to decide, you will definitely get the “real” Beijing duck at both places, so why not try both?
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