How to make crispy aromatic duck at home

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How to make crispy aromatic duck at home

How to make crispy aromatic duck at home
How to make crispy aromatic duck at home
Commercially prepared aromatic duck - £9.50 (2016)
Servings:Serves 4 as a main
Calories per serving:880
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:45 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:4th February 2013
Chopped cucumber
Frozen Chinese pancakes
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Please note: This recipe shows how to cook a ready prepared Peking-style duck and serve with the standard accompaniments. See here if you want to create this recipe from scratch using a fresh duck.

A step by step guide, in pictures

Making this delicious Chinese take-away favourite at home is so simple and so reasonably priced that you'll never buy it from the take-away again.

Unless you want to spend money for the sake of it, don't buy the ingredients from your local 'big-name' supermarket. You'll probably pay double and certainly won't have the selection of ingredients that you'll have if you follow my next suggestion.

Buy the ingredients from the same place as your Chinese take-away does

This advice is specific to the United Kingdom, though I'm sure similar outlets exist throughout the world.

Pay a visit to your local Chinese food wholesaler. There are chains of them throughout the UK and you don't need to be a member of any trade association to buy from them. You may find them a little intimidating at first, but the staff are friendly and if you are into your food in a big way, you will find it a fascinating experience. Most of them have a very good online presence so you can 'look before you buy'. I guarantee that you will go back again and again.


Ingredients

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  • 800g frozen pre cooked aromatic crispy duck [£9.50]
  • 1 multi-pack 'pancakes for crispy duck' [ 102 pancakes, 17 packs (pre-packed in packs of 6) ]
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 50g 'Sauce for Peking Duck'


Mise en place

Method

  1. Place the duck (skin-side down) on a rack over a roasting tray or a perforated roasting tray over a roasting tray - this will allow for the fat to drain off whilst the duck cooks.
  2. Roast the duck for 45 minutes, turning once, carefully draining the roasting tray if it fills with fat, otherwise you'll have a very smoky kitchen
  3. You can steam the pancakes in a Chinese steamer over a wok or pan of boiling water for a few minutes - they only need to be warmed, not cooked. I find they often stick together warming them this way so I prefer to separate the pancakes, spread them out on a large plate and microwave them for a minute or two to warm them.
  4. Remove the duck from the oven, chop the skin into bite-sized pieces and then with two forks pulling against each other, shred the duck meat.

To serve

Spread a little of your favourite sauce on a pancake, cover with cucumber, spring onions & duck, roll the pancake up and eat with your fingers - delicious!

Variations

Try other sauces: Hoisin sauce, Plum sauce, chilli sauce and even mayonaise works very well!

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