Ingredients for Peking Duck
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How to Cook Peking Duck
- If the duck is frozen, thaw it thoroughly. Rinse the duck well and blot it completely dry with kitchen paper. Insert a meat hook near the neck.
- Cut the lemon into ¼" (5mm) slices, leaving the rind on. In a large pan, combine the lemon slices with the water, honey. dark soy sauce and dry sherry or rice wine. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Pour this mixture over the duck several times, as if to bathe it, until all of the skin is completely coated with the mixture. Hang the duck in a cool, well-ventilated place to dry for 4-or-5 hours (longer if possible). Once the duck has dried, the surface of the skin will feel like parchment.
- Preheat the oven to Mk 9 - 475ºF - 240ºC. Meanwhile, place the duck on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up. Put ¼ pint (150ml) of water into the roasting pan to prevent the fat from splattering. Now put the duck into the oven and roast it for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to Mk 4 - 350ºF - 180ºC and continue to roast for 1¼ hours.
- Meanwhile, use a sharp knife to cut the spring onions (scallions) into 2" (5cm) long pieces and sliced finely long-ways. Peel the cucumber and cut into thin sticks about 2" (5cm) long. You can also use the duck's cooking time to make the Chinese Pancakes which can be kept warm or reheated when needed.
- When cooked, remove the duck from the oven and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before you serve it. Using a cleaver or sharp knife, cut the skin and meat into pieces and arrange them on a warm platter. Serve immediately with Chinese Pancakes, thin spring onion and cucumber sticks and a bowl of hoisin sauce.
GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
An alternative to cutting the duck meat into pieces for serving is to joint the duck then use a fork and a spoon to "shred" the meat. Many people prefer it served this way.
Reviews of Peking Duck
August 11 2014
This recipe was very good. Full of flavor, my only downfall was I would have liked for the skin to be a little more crispy, other than that it was a very easy recipe, although my son and I had a fun time with the chopstick, I should say my son and I had a very good fun time making this recipe. Maybe I'll dry it a little more next time. Oh yeah, my oven was perfectly fine, no splatter at all, guess that's what happens if you do it right.
mrbean (6 reviews)
August 29 2013
This duck was unbelievable. I was a little leary about hanging a duck out for so long, but wow, this was truly fantastic. I prepared it exactly as the recipe is written, hung it for 6 hours in front of a fan and it was the juiciest duck ever. The skin was a beautiful color and very crispy. We had these with Bergy's "Mandarine Pancakes" and ate like kings. Top notch recipe with perfect results.
Peyton (1 review)
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