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Happy Cook Peking Duck

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Published February 8th 2012
The best Peking Duck I had was in Beijing, and served in 8 courses, all in different delicious ways. But I don't know about you, I can't really jet off to China for the weekend whenever I feel the craving. So when I can't eat Peking duck in China, I eat it here: Happy Cook Peking Duck.

At Happy Cook, they serve the duck simply, in just two courses. The first course was traditional pancake wrap, sliced cucumber and spring onion, and duck, and it was delicious. The skin was glistening, crispy and yet not too greasy; the meat juicy and tender and had that flavour only duck has; the pancakes were soft and warm like a snug blanket for the duck; and the sauce was just right, I even ate a spoonful of it by itself. They served large pieces of pancake and duck as well, which would make any hungry man (me) happy, and it's certainly enough for two.

The second course was noodles with shredded duck. Not as delicious as the first course, but the noodles were quite soft, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were made fresh to order. The chef, aptly named, Happy Kuk, has won a Guinness book of world record title for having made the most noodles from a single piece of dough. The flavour of the noodles was deliciously mild, so it didn't overpower the shredded duck.

All in all, Happy Cook serves one of the better Peking ducks in Melbourne. Though, still not as good as the 8 course feast I had in Beijing, it is certainly much more affordable than flying to China and paying hundreds per person. Trust me, you'll be happy, just like the cook.

If you do go, remember to call in and pre-order your duck at least a day in advance.

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Why? It's delicious duck, Peking-style
When: As soon as you can
Where: 165 Springvale Rd, Nunawading, VIC 3131
Cost: Duck 1 course: $52; 2 course; $60
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