Published: Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 9:30:00 AM
Updated: Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 12:03:04 PM

Museum dedicated to Chinese roast duck opens in Beijing

Quanjude restaurant has opened a roast duck museum in Beijing. – Photo QUANJUDE

Quanjude restaurant has opened a roast duck museum in Beijing. – Photo QUANJUDE

Famous restaurant chain Quanjude exhibits over 500 items from its 150-year history.

A museum dedicated to one of China’s most iconic foods, roast duck, has opened in Beijing.

To fete its 150th anniversary and promote the brand, restaurant chain Quanjude, which has served its signature roast duck to dignitaries and heads of state, opened the doors to the museum that features more than 500 items over 1,000sqm, reported The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time blog.

Exhibits at the museum located at the chain’s Hepingmen branch include photos of US President Richard Nixon tucking into the duck alongside Mao Zedong and displays illustrating how the dish is prepared.

Three of the exhibits at Quanjude's roast duck museum. – Photos QUANJUDE

To make them plump, ducks are force-fed. When they are being prepped for the cooking process, they are pumped full of air to make them appear rounder, brushed with sugar water, and dried for 24 hours. To give the duck the characteristic crispy skin, the meat is roasted at temperatures as high as 200°C, and served with pancakes, scallions and sauce, explains China Real Time.

Over its history, Quanjude has enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Chinese government and is promoted as the flagship producer of roast duck in China.

Traditional Chinese roast duck with scallions, crepe pancakes and sauce. – shutterstock/AFP

A roast duck meal costs 238 yuan (RM122).

The chain also has an outpost in Melbourne, Australia. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Chinese roast duck, museum, Quanjude


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