January: Peking Duck in China from How to Eat in Season Around the World Slideshow

How to Eat in Season Around the World Slideshow

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January: Peking Duck in China

Many restaurants offer Peking duck, but this dish really soars when eaten to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the duck symbolizes fidelity, while its reddish color symbolizes happiness; a bite during the 15-day celebration, usually in late January or early February, helps guarantee that these qualities will stay with you for the other 350 days of the year.

The fattest, whitest ducks are roasted, then served table side by the chef in three ways: the crunchy, thin skin, dipped in garlicky or sweet sauce; the moist meat, with a side of steamed pancakes; and the carcass, either as a soup or packaged to take home.