Season's Eatings

Happy Dragon's Peking Duck Is an Excuse to Celebrate

Reserve some birds and get feasting.

By Kelly Clarke November 20, 2018 Published in the December 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

When Happy Dragon—a beloved family-run Cantonese restaurant previously located in Independence, Oregon—moved to NE 82nd Avenue in October, it brought along one the city’s best future holiday traditions: the Feng clan’s Peking duck. Patriarch Linan Feng preps 10–20 each night, roasting the hoisin sauce–brushed birds the next morning to achieve a perfect ratio of rich, juicy meat and crisp skin that cracks like crème brûlée. Each two-course order feeds three or four, so reserve some birds and get feasting. Tuck thin slices of that miraculous meat into sweet steamed buns while the kitchen stir-fries the rest of the duck to order with a garlicky confetti of peppers, water chestnuts, and Chinese sausage for lettuce wraps. This bird’s so good it qualifies as an actual gift.

707 NE 82nd Ave, 503-256-3828. Call ahead to reserve Peking ducks.

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