Once there is water, there will be ducks. I see groups of ducks swimming in the soft water. Besides them are the canoes with dark gray ceiling, which one can only find in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China. I like water and the ducks in it and their beautiful dance, and what I like better is the tasty dishes made of duck meat. In my hometown western Sichuan Province, which is 100 miles east to Tibet, I’m fond of the duck meat. I always think that besides pork, duck meat is the best meat in the world. Since there are groups of ducks in water, there must be dishes of duck meat on the dinner table in Shaoxing. So I expect to eat as much as I want during my stay in Shaoxing.
As I wish, the first meal we have in Shaoxing is in Hanheng Restaurant. Besides the yellow wine, aniseed flavored beans, I order a plate of marinated duck. This is the first time I hear of marinated duck. In my hometown western Sichuan Province, people eat stewed duck in dark sauce, and in Beijing, people eat roasted duck, different flavors. The marinated duck looks dark black, shining, very dry. I use chopsticks to put one piece into my mouth, and feel it is truly hard, and then the fragrance of the soy sauce comes, which is better than the salty taste of the soy sauce itself. Little Min says that perhaps this is an old duck that has been marinated for many years. I nod and agree, and put another piece into my mouth. Owing to the long time of being marinated, the duck meat tastes like old preserved ham or beef jerky. Only when I taste the second piece, do I feel the particular flavor of the duck. The marinated duck does not give you any greasy taste because all the meat is thin and dry, and can be bitten by teeth for long time, which is truly the best of the good meat. The soy sauce has infiltrated into the duck meat and even to the bones. Having nibbled down the meat, I start to nibble at the bones. In such small restaurant, one does not need to be gentle in eating. Here one having a good time in eating is more important than being gentle in eating. Ningxuan is mostly a vegetarian. She almost does not eat meat, and just eat the aniseed flavored beans from another plate. So the duck pieces in the big plate are almost finished just by myself. Then not completely contented, I stare at the empty plate, seeming to wish to have another new plate of duck meat. Seeing me have such good appetite, Ningxuan keeps smiling. She just eats on the aniseed flavored beans and almost does not touch the duck plate.
We have had a good time and then the dusk comes. We loiter along a small street, which seldom happens in our daily life. There is a small store on this street, selling Shaoxing Brown Duck, with a long line of customers. The store is about 100 square feet, and you can imagine its duck must be very popular. Now it’s the supper time and I feel hungry. Once I see the duck, my eye opens wide. Walking forward, I ask the old sales lady, [What is Brown Duck?] She says, [It is called Brown Duck because its feather looks brown, and only Shaoxing has this kind of duck.] The Brown Duck has a slim body, flat back and big belly, and its meat tastes tender and flavorful. The best way to cook the Brown Duck is to stew it as a whole, using string to tie its body to keep its shape. I see the fully cooked light brown duck in the store one after another and say that I want to buy one. I ask the old sale lady, “Does it need to cut the duck into pieces?” She laughs and says, [No, it does not need to. See, the duck is stewed for hours and will melt in your mouth once you bite on it.] It is interesting to see that the Brown Duck is not sold by weight but by whole item, in other words, every duck is the same price. Perhaps all the ducks have about the same weight. What is more interesting is that the one-time plastic container looks oval, the same shape as the duck. A whole Brown Duck putting into it will just fill it up. Holding the oval duck container by hand, I delightfully walk back to my hotel.
As soon as I get back to the hotel, I cannot wait a second to eat on the Brown Duck. Truly, the duck has been stewed fully and melts in my mouth without my teeth even biting on it. Since it is duckling, the meat tastes as tender as suckling pig. This is the tenderest duck I’ve ever had. With half a liter of beer, I eat up the whole Brown Duck. Having seen me doing so, Ningxuan feels stunned and says to me, [You must have been a duck in your previous life. Otherwise, how can you like the duck so much?] I reply, [It’s not I’m akin to the duck, but because Shaoxing Duck is too tasty.]
The end of [Yu Jie’s Shaoxing Duck 2]
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