Once an imperial delicacy, Peking duck is now one of the world’s most recognizable Chinese dishes. Although several variations exist, the authentic recipe allows culinary enthusiasts to embrace flavors first enjoyed hundreds of years ago.
A variation of roast duck first appeared during the Yuan Dynasty, but the Peking duck we know and love today came about during the Ming Dynasty. First served in imperial courts, it soon spread to China’s upper classes, even inspiring verses from the top poets of the day.
Peking duck became an international symbol of Chinese cuisine after World War II. An especially notable fan of the delicacy? Henry Kissinger, who sparked what the proprietors of China’s legendary Quan Jude refer to as ‘duck diplomacy.’
Today, a thorough preparation process leads to Peking duck’s delightfully crispy skin. Air pumped into the stomach loosens the skin. Boiled water is then spread over the duck. After the skin is brushed with malt sugar, the duck is roasted in the oven until sufficiently crispy.
Amazing Facts About Mandarin Cuisine
Chinese takeout seems like a modern trend, but in reality, Americans have enjoyed Cantonese cuisine for over 200 years. During the early 1800s, Chinese immigrants flocked to San Francisco to work in mines and on railroads. Their culinary traditions quickly spread, and Cantonese dishes quickly became a staple throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Originally, these delicacies were derived from China’s southern regions, where seafood and green leaves dominated. Americanized Cantonese recipes adapted over time, with a new emphasis on sweetness and deep-fried meats.
Cantonese flavors have long dominated American Chinese cuisine, but that’s quickly changing. Other styles such as Mandarin are finally receiving the attention they deserve. Stemming largely from China’s northern and western inland regions, Mandarin dishes emphasize spicy, peppery, salty, and sweet flavors.
Mandarin culinary traditions first received widespread attention in the United States when pioneer Cecilia Chiang opened a restaurant in San Francisco. At the time, however, she struggled to secure the necessary ingredients for authentic Mandarin cuisine. That has all changed, and now, people across America can enjoy traditional Mandarin recipes with quality ingredients.
O Mandarin Restaurant: Elevating Chinese Cuisine
If the mere thought of Peking duck and other Mandarin dishes makes your mouth water, you’re overdue for a visit to Hartsdale’s O Mandarin Restaurant. One bite and you’ll understand the name; the ‘O’ in O Mandarin stands for original. We’re proud to deliver classic Chinese cuisine to the Hartsdale area, while also highlighting recent Mandarin trends.
Our menu features everything from wild pepper shrimp to world-famous Peking duck. Several delectable vegetarian options are also available. Prepare to embrace the best of Mandarin cuisine — culinary adventure awaits!
361 N Central Ave
Hartsdale, NY 10530