This thing you should try: Peking duck tacos at El Rey

The Peking duck taco at El Rey will be offered "at least through mid-April," says Ian Hilton, who runs the U Street taqueria with his brother Eric. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
The Peking duck taco at El Rey will be offered "at least through mid-April," says Ian Hilton, who runs the U Street taqueria with his brother Eric. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

We love our tacos. A lot. So when we find a new taco – especially one that seems like a novelty item – we’re always a little skeptical about its staying power. But the Peking Duck taco at El Rey, which will be offered through at least mid-April, is a standout.

First: No, it’s not served on a pancake, and it’s not filled with actual peking duck. Instead, the tortilla is filled with dry-aged duck breast rubbed with Chinese five-spice, shreds of duck confit, green onions, pieces of cucumber and a sticky hoisin sauce. The all-important crackle comes from duck "chicharrones," or fried duck skin.

It’s a symphony of flavors and textures that doesn’t taste exactly like the duck off the cart at Peking Gourmet, but at $3 each, they’re well worth sampling – especially under El Rey’s glass roof on a nice evening.

El Rey, 919 U St. NW. 202-506-6418. www.elreydc.com.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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