Forbidden City!!!

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I am lucky enough to have the most AMAZING soon-to-be sister in-law. My brother is engaged to Bev who is half Chinese and half Portuguese and with her ethnicity comes an array of amazing FOOD! We have had the pleasure of dining with her family a number of times at their favorite Chinese seafood restaurant: Forbidden City located in the T & T mall at 999 36th Street NE. The food here is great and I love that we don't even look at a menu and her mom does all the talking and pre-ordering of Peking duck and other specialties weeks before we dine. What a treat! It was my brother's birthday on Sunday so we all went out as a family and here is what we had.. *DROOL*.... Still thinking about it:
The Pièce de résistance! PEKING DUCK!!! Bev's mother always orders the duck ahead of time to ensure we will get this special treat. You take a "pancake" and put some hoisin sauce across it with cucumber, a piece of duck and wrap it up. You can also put some chives in there or the hot sauce.
Close up of the a-mazing duck. It's all about the crispy skin and moist meat that makes this dish amazing... Ooohhh the crispy, flavorful skin. From Wiki: Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered one of China's national foods. The dish is prized for the thin, crisp skin.
My pancake Peking duck creation before wrapping and scarfing.
Strawberry short ribs. OMG.... The sauce on these has slices of ripe strawberries and is sooo yummy. Sort of like a jazzed up sweet and sour sauce with really great ribs.
Beef & Chinese broccoli which is a bit longer and thinner than the broccoli we are used to.
WOWZA! Look at this lobster in a cheese cream sauce over noodles. The lobster is pre-cracked and the Bev's family insists we must all have noodles with our lobster as they will ensure a long and prosperous life.
Special fried rice with shrimp, zucchini, chives and peas.
Salt & pepper squid... The absolute BEST! Super light batter and tender squid.
You'll have to excuse my ignorance on not knowing these dishes names: all of the ordering was done in Chinese without a menu. These are affectionately referred to as "mayo prawns"... Pretty much the best damn prawns EVER!!! Huge shrimp lightly battered and fried and then tossed in mayonnaise. I'll take three more plates please!!!
When you order Peking Duck ahead you also get the choice of one or two other dishes to use up the remaining duck that doesn't have the beautiful pieces of crispy skin attached. These are lettuce wraps with hoisin sauce again. (Hoisin is sort of like Teriyaki sauce... Delicious!). In this mixture were carrots, celery, onions and spices. Yum!
My duck lettuce wrap :)
We all went back to my parent's place for my mom's world famous carrot cake... YUM!
Moist cake and tangy, creamy icing... Will post the recipe soon ;)

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