There aren’t many dishes that can claim a royal lineage going back more than 700 years. Peking duck can. According to the official website of Beijing, the dish, known variously as Peking duck, Beijing duck or simply Chinese roast duck, among other names, had its beginnings in the Yuan Dynasty (1271 to 1368), a time when the Mongol Emperors ruled China.
Considered one of China’s national dishes, Peking duck has inspired poetry, been a staple for the ruling class for generations, and has its own museum in Beijing. Heck, there’s even a KFC breakfast version of the dish available in China.
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