Peking Roast Duck Recipe | Traditional Beijing Roast Duck of China

Peking Roast Duck is an internationally famous dish of classic Chinese cuisine. Peking Roast duck is characterized by its crispy skin and tender texture and roasted to a shining red color. This dish is  strongly seasoned by  vinegar, garlic, coriander, leeks, and salt. It's a dish that requires some preparation and special techniques, but the result is well worth the effort. Here's a traditional Peking roast duck recipe:

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Ingredients of Peking Roast Duck:

For the Duck:

  • 1 whole duck (around 5-6 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

For the Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional)
  • 4 slices of fresh ginger
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 2-3 green onions

For the Pancakes:

  • Thin Chinese pancakes (available at Asian grocery stores) or you can make your own with flour and water.

For the Hoisin Sauce:

  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Water

Instructions of making Peking Roast Duck :

1. Prepare the Duck:

  • Remove any excess fat from the duck's cavity.
  • Rinse the duck very well inside and outside  and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Optional step: Blanch the duck in boiling water for a few minutes. This helps remove excess fat and tighten the skin.
  • Hang the duck in a cool, dry place for 4-6 hours to dry the skin completely. This step is crucial if you want to  achieve crispy skin.

2. Prepare the Marinade:

  • Toast the Sichuan peppercorns in a dry pan until fragrant, then crush them.
  • Mix the crushed Sichuan peppercorns, Chinese five-spice powder, salt, and sugar together.
  • Rub this mixture inside and outside of the duck. 
  • Place the ginger, garlic, star anise, and green onions into the duck's cavity.

3. Roasting:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Mix the honey and vinegar with the boiling water and brush this mixture over the duck.
  • Place the duck on a rack in a roasting pan and roast it for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Rotate the duck every 30 minutes for even cooking.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C) and roast for an additional 20-30 minutes to crisp up the skin.

4. Pancakes:

  • While the duck is roasting, prepare the pancakes according to the package instructions or make your own by mixing flour and water into a dough, rolling it into thin circles, and cooking them in a hot, dry pan.

5. Hoisin Sauce:

  • Prepare the hoisin sauce by mixing hoisin sauce, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and water. Adjust the ingredients to your taste.

6. Serving of Peking Roast Duck:

  • Carve the duck into thin slices, including the crispy skin.
  • Serve the duck slices with the pancakes, hoisin sauce and thinly sliced green onions and cucumber. You can serve Peking Roast Duck with white rice, steamed vegetables or even with some French fries for a fusion twist. 

To enjoy Peking roast duck, spread a little hoisin sauce on a pancake, add some duck slices, and top it with cucumber and green onions. Roll it up and savor the delicious flavors of this iconic Chinese dish.

 Recipe Card

Cuisine: Beijing, Country: China, Prep Time:15 mins, Cook Time: 1 hour 35 mins, Additional Time: 2 hours, Total Time: 3 hours 50 mins, Servings: 4

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