味家香 Wei Jia Xiang Crispy Skin Roast Duck Zhongli, Taiwan

This is one of the oldest duck restaurants in Zhongli, or so I’ve heard. It’s the only restaurant we go to when we are craving sweet and tangy roast duck.

For you Zhongli locals, it’s right by the park, diagonally across from the “Department of Motor Vehicles”, just around the corner from the River, and right next to the “Park Seafood” restaurant.

I think the name is Wei Jia Xiang Crispy Skin Roast Duck. I definitely just call it “the duck place” because for us, there is nowhere else.

Why? Just because it’s delicious. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

It’s like NT$550 for one whole roasted duck, to-go. That will get you a plate of the breast meat with the crispy skin and a big stir fry of all the other bits (with basil, garlic, and optional chilis). They’ll also give you some pancakes, sauce, and spring onions, but if you’re like us, you’ll want to pay a little extra for some extra pancake fixings.

I went one day and had the very good luck of being the only person there just before lunch time. I am usually too shy to take pictures when there’s an audience, but that day I had the perfect situation. I asked the guys if I could take a few photos and they said yes. I was also glad to finally get this video of one of the guys carving up a duck. Their knives are so sharp and they move so fast!

amateur vagrant wei jia xiang duck restaurant zhongli taiwan in the kitchen

amateaur vagrant wei jia xiang roast duck zhongli taiwan preparing the order

amateur vagrant wei jia xiang zhongli taiwan duck restaurant kitchen

amateur vagrant wei jia xiang roast duck zhongli taiwan making pancakes

amateur vagrant wei jia xiang roast duck zhongli taiwan giant wok of sauce

Bonus: if you go on a hot day when it’s busy, there are always a bunch of cute tattooed guys in tank tops cooking and carving ducks.

This guy is very good with his hands!

All the parts besides the breast, they chop up and stir fry with sauce and basil leaves. It’s so delicious.

And when we get home, this is what we get to eat:

amateur vagrant duck breast from wei jia xiang crispy skin roast duck in zhongli taiwan

amateur vagrant stir-fried duck meat from wei jia xiang crispy skin roast duck restaurant in zhongli taiwan

 

I should have taken a picture of the pancakes, too, but we started eating and everything else was forgotten. This is good stuff!

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