Chinese-style duck pancakes never disappoint. Whether ordered as an indulgent takeaway, or enjoyed in your favourite Asian restaurant with an ice-cold beer – the paper-thin parcel filled with crispy yet succulent meat, crunchy vegetables, and a gloss of hoisin or plum sauce – is the ultimate savoury pancake. Here are five spots around Cape Town to place your duck pancake order.
The aromatic crispy duck is something of a legend at this eatery. The simple yet flavourful dish is served with thin sticks of cucumber and spring onion, dipping chillies, a little bowl of sticky hoisin sauce and four elegantly folded pancakes.
Pancakes with crispy duck are made here to share. Served with half a deboned duck, the slices are thin and come with a crisp skin. The homemade pancakes are accompanied by cucumber, spring onions and a rich and glossy hoisin-and-plum dipping sauce.
Served as a main dish, the crispy-skin fried duck pancakes are a popular choice at this Hout Bay gem. The thin pancakes are topped with de-boned and sliced meat accompanied by a rich homemade duck sauce and crisp julienne spring onions, radishes cucumber and carrots. This is also part of the made-to-share Kronendal set menu.
Indulge in special Asian-style tapas and a well-curated wine offering at this stylish inner-city bar and restaurant. The steamed pancakes here are great for sharing and are served with tender shredded duck breast dressed in a sticky hoisin sauce with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Little vessels containing crisp cucumber sticks and spring onion are handy for a DIY experience.
With crisp skin, the signature duck main at this Thai eatery is served thinly sliced with equally thin raw julienne veggies for crunch. A bamboo steamer is filled with feather-light pancakes, allowing you to assemble your own tasty mouthfuls with a jug of deeply-flavoured sauce to add the final flourish. For a touch of extra ambience, book a spot on the terrace with views of the Tyger Waterfront.