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Peking Duck is a classic Chinese dish that is known for its crispy skin and juicy meat. The dish is said to have originated in Beijing, and it is often considered a symbol of Chinese cuisine. Peking Duck is traditionally served with thin pancakes, scallions, and a sweet bean sauce. It is a time-consuming dish to prepare, but the end result is a meal that is both delicious and impressive.
To make Peking Duck, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 whole duck, about 5-6 pounds
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of soy sauce
- 1/4 cup of rice wine
- 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon of grated garlic
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- Thin pancakes
- Sliced scallions
- Sweet bean sauce
Here is how to make Peking Duck:
- Rinse the duck inside and out, and pat it dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, rice wine, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the duck inside and out with the honey mixture.
- Hang the duck in a cool, dry place for at least 2 hours to dry out the skin. This will help the skin to become crispy when cooked.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large roasting pan, place the duck breast side up. Add 2 cups of water to the pan.
- Roast the duck for 1 hour, basting it with the honey mixture every 15 minutes.
- After 1 hour, turn the oven up to 400°F and roast the duck for another 30-40 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
- Remove the duck from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil and cornstarch. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture onto the skin of the duck. This will help to make the skin even crispier.
- Carve the duck into thin slices and serve with thin pancakes, sliced scallions, and sweet bean sauce.
Peking Duck is a classic Chinese dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a holiday meal. While it may take some time and effort to prepare, the end result is a delicious and impressive dish that is sure to impress your guests. So why not give Peking Duck a try and experience the flavors of classic Chinese cuisine?