5 great places to order crispy duck pancakes in Cape Town

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.

Chef Pon’s Asian Kitchen (Gardens)

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.

The duck pancake at Chef Pon's. Photo supplied.

The duck pancake at Chef Pon’s. Photo supplied.

Erawan (Wynberg)

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.

The aromatic plate of crispy duck at Erawan. Photo supplied.

The aromatic plate of crispy duck at Erawan. Photo supplied.

Kitima (Hout Bay)

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.

Kitima's duck pancakes. Photo supplied.

Kitima’s duck pancakes. Photo supplied.

Tjing Tjing Torii (City Bowl)

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.

The setting at Tjing Tjing Torii. Photo supplied.

The setting at Tjing Tjing Torii. Photo supplied.

Ton Khoon Restaurant (Tyger Waterfront)

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.

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