It’s Chicago’s fake birthday — celebrate with these 30 classic Chicago foods


Nowhere does ceremony and affordability mesh better than at Sun Wah, where ready-to-eat ducks hang in the window and a three-course feast (plenty for at least two people) is a mere $40. The most Chicago way to do this, however, is to gather a group, pre-order a few ducks, meet around the lazy-Susan tables and make it a party. First there’s the soup, flavored with the carcass, stray bits of meat and chunks of winter melon; and then the larger meat trims, incorporated into a fried-rice side dish. Then, the star: the plate of sliced duck, with crispy, lacquered skin and moist, rich meat. It arrives with steamed gwa bao and the usual accompaniments (onion, carrot, pickled daikon, hoisin sauce). This is an experience that every Chicagoan should sample at least once. 5039 N. Broadway, 773-769-1254, sunwahbbq.com — PV



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