Simon’s Peiking Duck

Posted on | August 10, 2011 | 16 Comments

The Melbourne King of Peking duck, Simon Lay, is well known for his ducky antics. He used to be at Old Kingdom, which I never got around to visiting, and late last year he opened up his own restaurant in Box Hill South – Simon’s Peiking Duck Restaurant (extra i on purpose).

Duck isn’t a favourite meat of mine – in fact, I don’t really like it all that much. Peking duck is a different story though, Peking duck I love. But it has to be done right – the pieces should be mostly crispy skin with only a minimal amount of meat.

What makes Peking duck so good? It’s all about the crisp skin, crunchy cucumber, flavour of the sauce mixed with the spring onion, all in a handy soft pancake.

Not having eaten good Peking duck for a while, I was keen to try out Simon’s and visited the other month with five other hungry duck eaters. For the six of us, we ordered three ducks. There are two options for Peking duck – option 1 is $55 for the Peking duck with 12 pieces of pancakes, the usual accompaniments (spring onion, cucumber and plum sauce) along with stir fried bean sprouts with duck meat and soup made with the duck bones.

Option 2 is the same as option 1, except you get 15 pieces of pancakes, and a plate of noodles for $63. We choose two serves of Option 1 and one serve of Option 2. And that’s it. I believe there’s other things on the menu, but we were there to eat Peking duck.

It’s not a post about Simon’s Peiking Duck without discussion about Simon’s antics. He is prone to telling customers in very blunt language exactly how they should prepare their pancake. If you don’t do it his way, you’re an idiot! Simon was in fine form the evening we were there – going to each table and ribbing all his customers. But it’s all in good fun and there’s no malice involved – it’s just an act that everyone expects.

Does he make the best Peking duck in Melbourne? I wouldn’t say it’s the best – while the skin is crispy and there’s a good ratio of skin to meat, it was a touch oily. And while the pancakes are nice and thin, I prefer them to be more refined. I’d also like to be able to order more pancakes and cucumber/spring onions – there’s never enough!

Even though they were mostly after thoughts, I did like the plate of hand made noodles and the stir fried bean sprouts that came at the end.

The restaurant does 2 sittings a night, so they’ve obviously on a good formula. The price is reasonable, and despite my minor criticisms, we had a very enjoyable meal and were highly entertained by Simon. I’d definitely head back for more Peking duck, hopefully sometime soon!

(Thanks to Thanh, I-Hua and for the company.)

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  • [googleMap name="Simon's Peiking Duck" width="600" height="300" directions_to="false"]197B Middleborough Road, Box Hill South, VIC, Australia[/googleMap]

    Simon’s Peiking Duck
    197B Middleborough Road
    Box Hill South 3128
    Phone: 03 9898 5944
    Web: www.simonpeikingduck.com

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    Comments

    16 Responses to “Simon’s Peiking Duck”

    1. leaf (the indolent cook)
      August 10th, 2011 @ 11:41 am

      I went there awhile ago, not the best I’ve had but still enjoyable. And Simon was in a good mood and we were well-entertained!

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      Agnes Reply:

      Simon is so funny – he was in fine form the night we were there. :D

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    2. Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday)
      August 10th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

      I’ve been there 4 times now. I think I’m over it.

      YOU CAME TO MY HOOD AND DIDN’T RING ME????

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      Agnes Reply:

      That’s in your hood?!? Apparently I have no idea where is where in Melbourne apart from the westside (represent!) and the CBD.

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    3. Hannah
      August 10th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      You’re on a boat!

      That is all.

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      Agnes Reply:

      I was on a boat! But no longer :(

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    4. Jenna Kuan
      August 12th, 2011 @ 6:14 am

      Seriously, that Peking duck looks delicious I had to stop myself from drooling – literally. It may not be the best but it was pretty decent, wasn’t it? Would you recommend this restaurant to me or to my friends should we decide to go somewhere and have a good time eating Peking duck?

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      Agnes Reply:

      Hi Jenna – yes, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s not the best ever but it’s good enough and it’s very entertaining!

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    5. msihua
      August 12th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

      Was this when we went together? Yummm… You didn’t put the pic of hubby and thumbs ups!!

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      Agnes Reply:

      Haha it was it was! I don’t know what I’ve done with that photo… ;)

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    6. penny aka jeroxie
      August 14th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

      If it isn’t so far away, I will have gone back again.

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      Agnes Reply:

      I know, it is quite far from us :(

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    7. Thanh
      August 19th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      I don’t muck like duck, even roast duck. But somehow, put them in a pancake with some sauce and condiments and I love it. Strange isn’t it.

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      Agnes Reply:

      Very strange but I’m totally with you. Duck is overrated unless it’s in a pancake.

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    8. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan
      April 5th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Dear Agnes,

      The Peking duck looks pretty good but is that how you like to spell it on the title of this blog post?

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      Agnes Reply:

      That’s how Simon spells the name of his restaurant. It annoys me every time I look at it! But unfortunately that is the spelling. :)

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