The Peiking Ducks before us... Glorious and begging to be eaten!
Mr Simon giving us an intro to kickstart the meal...
Ever charismatic, cheeky and entertaining, he is...
Course #1: Peking Duck Wraps
Oooh Mama... Glisteningly beautiful
Step 1: Pancake
Step 2: Spring onions
Step 3: DUCKKK
Step 4: Sauce
Step 5: Wrap
Step 6: Hold your breath
Step 7: DIG IN!!!!
Course #2: Bean Sprouts with Shredded Duck
Simple but delicious... Full of flavour and "wok breath"
Course #3: Duck Soup with Tofu and Preserved Vegetables
Always look forward to this course of the Peking Duck meal!
Doesn't get any better than this. Light but salty and sour and full of flavour
Cantonese Chow Mien (Fried Noodle)
Signature Fried Rice
How's everyone doing??
Sincerest-est-est apologies for the lack of update. I must say that working life isn't as easy as I thought. The past few weeks has been filled with way too much of early starts and late finishes at work. I'll be honest by saying that I am still trying really, really hard to settle down into the work life routine. Can't seem to be able to come back at a reasonable hour, cook and eat dinner at a reasonable hour, finish my chores etc etc at a reasonable hour... Besides that, almost every spare time that I have is spent catching up with friends, which leaves very little time for blogging... As I always say, "Work hard, play HARDER." I try not to show it but I'm physically and mentally exhausted 95% of the time but as weird as it may sound, I friggin' LOVE my job. I am so grateful for the people and environment that I work in. I'm learning SO much each day and having lots of fun doing it. Couldn't have asked for a better place to kickstart this new chapter of my life. Not going back to uni foreverrrr, that's for sure... Like I said, the only thing now is just trying to find that balance and sense of normalcy/routine amidst everything... Let's hope I get there one day.
ANYHOO, back to Simon's Peiking Duck. There was about 10 of us who went in 2 separate cars. Our group had arrived first and was asked to go ahead and place the order so that the rest could arrive just in time for the food. Not long after that, the 2 big plates of glorious, mouth watering ducks were placed before us. My group and I (having no self control as usual) couldn't help ourselves and sneakily started eating before the rest arrived hoping we wouldn't get caught. Evil, I know. Unfortunately, we weren't as stealth at this as we thought we were. As soon as the other group arrived, it was pretty obvious what we had done (food in our mouths, oil around our lips etc) so we tried to cover our asses and immediately protested by saying, "Nonono it's not that we started eating without you, the bird honestly only had 1 leg when it came that's why the drumstick is missing!!". Ooooops...
That said, everything that we ate that night was absolutely DELICIOUS. The duck was incredibly moist and the skin was so crispy. Crepe/pancake was thin, tasty and easy to handle. One of the better Peking duck wraps I've had! Piece after piece we ate till we could eat no more. The remaining 2 courses (bean sprouts and soup) were as good as it can be too. We also wanted to try their fried rice/noodle dish too and it was GREAT as well!
Overall, was VERY happy with my meal here. Everyone enjoyed it a lot and you can see why. There's 2 places in Melb that everyone goes to for Peking Duck. One is Simon's Peiking Duck and the other is Old Kingdom. To be honest, I get really jaded when people keep asking me "Which one do you think is best? Which one do you prefer???" To me, why pick one and put down the other when the difference is SO miniscule that it's not like anyone can really taste the difference with their eyes closed. They're both good so can't we just enjoy them both? Although, if you reaaaally wanted me to be super nit picky, I'd say that I like the sauce for Old Kingdom and crepe for Simon's a little bit more. Everything else is just as good to me, especially the duck. So don't get too caught up with which one is "better", please. Even if it's not, it could just be an off night for the restaurant and I'd happily eat at any one of these places any day. YUM.
That's all from me, wishing everyone a great and blessed Easter Break ahead! Till next time... Peace!!