Duck House is Portland's newest Chinese restaurant, located at the corner of SW 5th and College Street near Portland State University, and it's already feeding this year's batch of hungry back-to-schoolers. Co-owner Harvey Liu told Eater that Duck House is a collaborative effort with San Diego restaurant owner Ivan Liu and owner-manager Sam Woo. It was born out of what they felt was a dearth of good Chinese restaurants in Portland.
"As a Taiwanese-American, I hear repeatedly, from Chinese people—and from Asian people in general for that matter—that we don't have good Chinese food in Portland," Liu says. He's hoping that his team can remedy that perception by offering specialties like beef noodle soup, xiao long bao, and, coming soon, Peking duck (see full menu below).
The lunch and dinner spot also offers dan dan noodles, Chinese water spinach sautéed in garlic, eggplant with string beans, chicken feet, and dry pots, including one that Liu, himself, had never tried before: intestines mixed with red chiles. Liu says it quickly turned him into a convert.
The 100-seat restaurant features a full bar and street-side windows that can be rolled up when the weather's warm. Liu says he and his staff are still working out some opening kinks, and it will hold a grand opening later this fall. Duck House is located at 1968 SW 5th Ave., and it is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It doesn't have a website, but you can reach it by phone at 971.801.8888.
Here is the Duck House menu, according to photos posted on Yelp: