Tropical Chinese Restaurant's $39 Peking Duck Is A Steal

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John Zur
Peking duck before appetizer
Located at the end of an ordinary strip mall across the street from Tropical Park on Bird Road, Tropical Chinese Restaurant has been a hidden gem for 27 years. And while the exterior isn't much, the interior décor transports diners to  Chinatown, San Francisco or New York or Los Angeles. The tables are dressed in crisp, white linen. Large, red Chinese lanterns hang from the ceiling. Stoic, polite servers are dressed in black and gathered in the center of the dining room. The classy ambiance is enhanced by the Flamenco guitar music that gave way to jazz during the course of the evening when I visited recently.

The open kitchen, which is enclosed by glass windows, allows guests in the main dining room to watch cooks diligently chop, saute, and steam. It is in there magic happens to a Peking duck. Located under the appetizer heading of the menu, the Peking duck ($39) is really an entree that easily feeds two.
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John Zur
Peking duck as appetizer
Roasted in the kitchen to a perfect combination of succulent meat and crispy skin, the whole duck is brought into the dining room on an oval tray and prepared table-side. One server begins trimming the bird while the other carefully rolls the crispy strips into a flour pancake with scallions, cucumber, and plum sauce. A bowl of plum sauce is then placed on the table. Two stands of five rolls are set on the table. There are complements of sweet and savory, hot and cold, smooth and crisp textures. The rest of the duck goes back to the kitchen for prepping as an entree.

Just as the duck rolls were being finished, a tray came out with the meat of the bird, including two legs, served stir-fry style with bamboo shoots, peppers, and carrots. Two sides of white rice were brought out as well. The stir-fry is a rich combination of flavors that don't detract from the integrity of the main ingredient: the Peking duck.

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John Zur
Peking duck as entree
Fortune cookies with lousy fortunes, and orange halves are brought out at the end of the meal. These are complimentary.With a pot of hot tea ($1 per person), the total for two of us came to $44.28 plus tip. I'd say that's a steal for a Saturday night date.

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Tropical Chinese Restaurant

7991 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Agreed! And, if Tropical is too far out of your way, you can get a peking duck for 2 that's just as good at Chu's Taiwanese Kitchen and Bar in the Gables (on Ponce); and the typical mark up for eating in CG is only an extra dollar.

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DJ Frustration

Truly is a hidden gem. Anonymous should hack this post so no one else finds out about it ;) Been going there for all 27 of those years!


Best dim sum and that Peking duck is awesome.


best dim sum in the city

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