Peking Duck Truck, which, as the name implies, specializes in the crisp-skinned, moist bird specialty. First things first: No, chef Michael Brown, who's worked on the LA restaurant scene with the Patina Group, Woflgang Puck and Red O, isn't Chinese. But his grandmother was raised in China, and she taught him everything she knew from the kitchen. That counts.
Brown says he wants to bring this classic dish once reserved for emperors to everyday folk, so he's doing Peking duck in the traditional way - separate the skin from the meat, air dry it, roast it - and serving it with Chinese pancakes, scallions and his own hoisin sauce. But this being an LA food truck, he's twisting things a bit, too. There are duck sliders, patties made from ground duck and roast duck, grilled until crsip, and served in steamed buns with a cucumber-scallion slaw, and mu shu pork tacos on scallion pancakes that resemble corn tortillas. Brown launched at the Los Angeles Street Food Fest (and was wildly popular) but is just now hitting the streets. Look for the Peking Duck Truck on weekends - including thiss Sunday's premiere party for the Great Food Truck Race, featuring locals from Seoul Sausage Company - and at the usual truck hangs. Find the where and when on Facebook and Twitter.
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