Peking Duck

Peking Duck

 Ingredients

1 whole duck (dressed)

1 ½ tsp sugar

½ tsp cinnamon (ground)

½ tsp ginger (ground)

¼ tsp nutmeg (ground)

¼ tsp white pepper (ground)

1/8 tsp cloves (ground)

1 tbs fresh parsley (chopped for garnish)

3 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs honey

1 orange (sliced in rounds)

5 green onions

½ cup plum jam

1 ½ tsp distilled white vinegar

¼ cup finely chopped chutney

Instructions

Rinse the duck inside and out, and pat dry. Cut off tail and discard. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, white pepper and cloves. Sprinkle one teaspoon of the mixture into the cavity of the duck. Stir one tablespoon of the soy sauce into the remaining spice mixture and rub evenly over the entire outside of the bird. Cut one of the green onions in half and tuck inside the cavity. Cover and refrigerate the bird for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

Place duck breast side up on a rack in a big enough wok or pot and steam for an hour adding a little more water, if necessary, as it evaporates. Lift duck with two large spoons, and drain juices and green onion. 

Preheat the oven to 180C. Place duck breast side up in a roasting pan and prick skin all over using a fork.

Roast for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. While the duck is roasting, mix together the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and honey. After 30 minutes, brush the honey mixture onto the duck and return it to the oven. Turn the heat up to 260 C. Roast for 5 minutes, or until the skin is richly browned. Do not allow the skin to char.

Prepare the duck sauce by mixing the plum jam with the sugar, vinegar and chutney in a small serving bowl. Chop remaining green onions and place them into a separate bowl. Place whole duck onto a serving platter and garnish with orange slices and fresh parsley. Use plum sauce and onions for dipping.

Serves: 4

Cooks in: 4 hours

Difficulty: Difficult

 

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