When it comes to clairvoyant pastries, breaking apart a fortune cookie is much more dignified than digging through a jelly donut in search of a mini magic 8 ball. Foresee a future of flavorful fare thanks to today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Chinese dinner cuisine at Peking Duck Housein Orange.
Praised by the New York Times for its Chinatown-style fare, the skilled chefs at Peking Duck House plate a menu of authentic Chinese dishes, along with the famous peking duck. The two-course peking-duck endeavor starts with traditionally grilled crispy duck before paddling along to a duck-and-vegetable sauté ($19.95/half; $35.95/whole). Cut short pre-dinner debates about the merits of stop signs by divvying up an order of pan-fried dumplings ($6.75). Take on a hearty helping of protein with the Peking-style pork chops ($11.99), or commemorate the first symphony dedicated to vegetables by plucking at the spicy string beans in garlic sauce ($9.95). Dinner is served from 3 p.m. until closing each night.
Peking Duck House
Lauded in the New York Times for its "clean and delicate" flavors, Peking Duck House's menu earned the restaurant a coveted spot on the list of the 100 best Chinese restaurants in the country. The kitchen's Cantonese-style dishes come courtesy of Chef and owner Harry Wu, who––according to Times reporter Stephanie Lyness––often appears tableside to serve his signature Peking-duck dish. The namesake feast––available as a whole or half duck––arrives in two distinct courses, opening with crispy, grilled slices of duck, waiting to be snuggly wrapped up in homemade crepes, sprinkled with scallions, and drizzled with a special sauce. Then, colorful slivers of seasonal veggies are sautéed with more tender morsels of meat, and paired with a side of rice, which may be eaten or thrown at nearby newlyweds.
Other Cantonese favorites include classics such as kung-pao chicken and pan-fried dumplings as well as house specialties such as clams in a spicy black-bean sauce. Spicier dishes are noted with a tiny chile-pepper icon to warm sensitive taste buds or hungry snowmen, while five steamed entrees are prepared sans salt, oil, or cornstarch to cater to the calorie-conscious.