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.