When the Lee family opened Peking Restaurant in the Breckenridge Shopping Center 25 years ago, it was Steve Lee’s mission to continue the tradition...

When the Lee family opened Peking Restaurant in the Breckenridge Shopping Center 25 years ago, it was Steve Lee’s mission to continue the tradition of the first Peking Restaurant opened over 40 years ago in Richmond, to provide the finest, most healthful Chinese dining experience, offering delicious entrees using only the freshest produce.

“It’s the food,” said Jason Lee, Steve’s son who joined the business seven years ago. “We are different. Everything is made to order and we make 99 percent of it in house.” The Chester location is one of five restaurants in the family chain.

Upon arrival, it is rare if you are not greeted by Jason or Steve. It is part of the elegance you feel upon entering. The furnishings, offering booths and tables, are dated – the family is contemplating redecorating. The background music reflects the care of each ingredient used to flavor the menu selections. The flowers placed on each table are Anthuriums and are replaced every two weeks.

Quiet and private enough for a lunch meeting or a romantic date night.

Peking’s food like all Chinese food is defined by a flavor principle of soy sauce, ginger, garlic and green onions. The traditional appetizers are offered along with a variety of soups. The Dragon Phoenix, a thick seafood soup made with lemon, chili peppers, and Chinese vegetables and their Peking Special soup, are popular and are included as part of their lunch specials.

All plates are artfully presented with large portions. Jason said General Tao’s chicken is by far one of the popular choices, but the restaurant offers 16 additional specials along with traditional dishes on their menu. A couple of their specialties include Peking Imperial, a large platter with chunks of succulent lobster sautéed in a white sauce on one side and filet mignon sautéed in a brown sauce on the other; and Peking Duck, a special dish prepared in the traditional fashion, in a slow roasted Chinese oven to a crispy brown, sliced thin and served with Chinese pancakes, spring onions and a plum sauce.

Always busy, reservations are not required but are helpful especially for Sunday brunch and holidays.

If you are looking for a special restaurant to take your Valentine and have not tried Peking, a visit is in order. They are open seven days a week, close at 2:15 p.m. each day and reopen at 4 p.m.

The Lee Family began celebrating the Chinese New Year this week, February 8, that will continue for the next 15 days. Stop in and wish them Happy New Year. The New Year celebrates the year of the Monkey.

12730 Jefferson Davis Highway

Lunch: Sun-Fri 11am-2:15pm
Dinner: Sun-Thu 4pm-9pm
Sat-Fri 4pm-10pm



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