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Peking Duck

Source: The Heritage of Chinese Cooking
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  13 Hours 20 Minutes
  Serves 8
The fame of this dish goes far beyond its place of origin. Throughout most of the world today, Peking duck is synonymous with Chinese haute cuisine. Not only is it acclaimed for its exquisite skin, crisp and melting over a fine layer of succulent fat, but perhaps even more for the formal ritual that must accompany the serving of the remarkable dish.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Duck:
1 roasting duck, 4 1/2 lb
1 teaspoon five spice powder (available at Chinese stores)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 piece of shallot
5 pieces of star anise (available at Chinese stores)
3 tablespoons maltose available at Chinese stores)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
For Mu-Shu Pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon groundnut peanut oil

scallions, for garnish
hoisin sauce (available at  Chinese stores), for serving
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DIRECTIONS
FOR DUCK: Put a kettle of water on to boil. Wash and dry the duck thoroughly. Mix all of the filling ingredients together and place the filling into the cavity of the duck. Sew up the opening with a needle and thread. Pour the boiling water over the entire body of the duck. The skin will tighten and immediately separate from the flesh.


Heat the maltose with the vinegar until the maltose dissolves. Gently rub the mixture over the duck. Hang the duck in a drafty place to dry for at least 6 hours (overnight is a good idea).


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Roast the duck on a rack for about 1 hour, or until the skin is crisp and reddish-brown.


FOR MU-SHU PANCAKES: Place the flour in a small mixing bowl, quickly pour in the boiling water and mix together as quickly as possible. (it is important that the water be at a good boil.) The mixture will be flaky. Add a pinch of salt and groundnut oil and work in. Continue to stir for 2 minutes, until the mixture becomes soft and pliable, yet a little firm.


Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll out each piece of dough into a sausage-like roll about 2 inches thick by 4 inches long. Cut each roll into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 6-inch circle.


Grease the bottom of a flat skillet (frying pan) with a little groundnut oil and fry each pastry circle, one at a time, on low to moderate heat. Move the pan occasionally to prevent the pancakes from burning.


Turn the pancake onto the other side when small bubbles appear. Keep covered with a damp tea towel until all the pancakes are cooked and ready to serve.


TO SERVE: Serve the duck with the mu shu pancakes, scallions and hoisin sauce.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 313
Fat. Total: 17g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 19g
Sodium: 469mg
% Cal. from Fat: 49%
Cholesterol: 71mg
Protein: 20g
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