Restaurant: Happy Duck House 金鼎轩
Location: 18210 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748. (626) 581-4747
Date: February 16, 2020 & May 2, 2021
Cuisine: Beijing Chinese
Rating: Great duck and lobster
On 2/16/20 we decided to try some new Peking Duck places in the “Far East” SGV (Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, City of Industry). We thought to put two of them together with a quick stop here at Happy Duck. After this we moved on to NC Peking Duck House. On 5/2/21 as things were opening back up we again went out there and repeated the mini crawl!
Typical strip mall for the area.
Slightly more modern than not decor. One of our fellow diners recommended strongly that we try the lobster, so we did.
Weird duck parts on the table as an “amuse.”
Cold meat platter (5/2/21).
Peking duck. The pancakes were great, very thin. The hoisin was good, although not as thick as I like. Scallions and cucumbers added nice crunch. The meat itself was good but a touch bland. The skin though was awesome. Super fried and crispy. Overall quite good.
Duck 2nd way, with bean sprouts. Very bland and dry. Barely any duck meat.
DL really wanted the duck bones and so after a bunch of asking we got them (5/2/21).
House Special Lobster. With garlic, onions, and jalapeño. A bit of heat. Very nicely cooked and tons of flavor. Several people thought this was “the best lobster they’ve had in the SGV.” Now, I thought it was really good, but just put it in the camp of “lobsters about two standard deviations above average” — i.e. I’ve had many good lobsters.
Overall, this seemed a good kitchen. Duck was excellent for America. Lobster was great. We will have to return to try more.