Peking vs Cantonese roasted duck, what’s the difference?

Have you ever pondered the difference between Peking duck vs Cantonese Roasted duck?  Did you even know that theres is a difference? Peking duck and Cantonese duck are two different dishes from the North and South of China respectively. Peking duck was originally created for the imperial elite, whereas Cantonese duck is a more comforting and affordable family dish.


Cantonese duck is much easier to prepare.  The Peking version requires pre-ordering a few days ahead from a specialist restaurant.  Our newest infographic below highlights some differences between the two delicious dishes and where to eat them.  We also recommend delicious ‘must-try’ roasted meat restaurants for your Hong Kong visit.


If you enjoy Cantonese roast duck, then you should also try ‘charcoal furnace roast goose in plum sauce’.  In Cantonese it is called ‘cha-siu’ which is seasoned boneless barbecued pork. The best place to try is: Yat Lok Barbecue Restaurant, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Having Beijing roast duck is one of the two ‘must dos’ when in Beijing: climb the Great Wall and eat Peking duck. The Huffington Post declares it as the number 1 dish in the world to try before you die! In Hong Kong, find it at Sha Tin 18 at the Regency Hyatt Hotel, Shatin, New Territories.

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