Beijingers love their roast duck. It’s a dish that’s synonymous with the capital and has been served since imperial times.
There’s even a museum dedicated to Peking roast duck (北京鸭子), which walks visitors through its origins and, more interestingly, shows step-by-step how the animal goes from the farm to your dinner plate. The museum is located on the seventh floor of Quanjude (全聚德), one of Beijing’s most popular roast duck restaurants.
First, we see the ducks sunning under radiant blue skies, enjoying their last moments of freedom.
Now in captivity, the ducks are fed to fatten them up, so they can later return the favor and fatten you up.
Stubborn ducks that skip meals will not be tolerated.
Once they’re nice and plump, things get serious and out comes the knife.
The guy on the left with the knife looks a little too happy for my comfort level.
And of course, you can’t serve the duck if you don’t let it bleed out.
Killing the duck and removing the blood is just the beginning. You still have to …
Just a few more steps in the image below (from left to right).
Last but not least, don’t forget the most important part.
Look at those happy customers.
If all goes well, the spread should look like this.
6 thoughts on “Roast Duck Dynasty”
I laughed out loud at this one. Incredible!
Glad you enjoyed the post!
They’re actually not bad. I’ve seen way, way worse. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
Ah, the English in the signs. At least it’s better than most. Thanks, Jimmy. 🙂
Really enjoyed this article and the photos of the exhibits were excellent. The terra cotta figures were so expressive.
Thanks! The museum is an interesting place, whether you like Peking Duck or not.