Peking duck

A popular choice at restaurants, Ching-He Huang's fabulous duck rolls are simple to make at home and taste delicious too
By Ching-He Huang
Peking duck
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 1.0833333333333333 hours 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes 2-3 hrs drying time
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 whole duck
  • 2 litres boiling water
  • 5 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp chinese five spice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 tbsp hoi sin sauce
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

For the pancakes

  • 8 pancakes, ready-made
  • 4 spring onions, shredded
  • 0.5 cucumber, shredded


1. Place the duck on a rack over a deep roasting tin. Pour over the hot water and leave on one side until the water has all drained away from the bird.

2. Discard the water and leave the duck exposed to air until it's really dry to the touch.

3. Mix the honey, soy sauce, five spice powder and brown sugar together. Using a pastry brush, brush this sauce over the duck, inside and out.

4. Leave the bird to dry once more. There should now be a thin glaze all over the bird. Give the duck another coat of sauce and leave to dry once more. Keep repeating the process until all sauce has been used up.

4. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Roast the duck for 30 minutes before turning it over and cooking for another half hour, until the skin has crispened. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 15 minutes. Joint the duck and slice its meat off the bone.

5. While duck's roasting, make the sauce. Warm a wok over a moderate heat , and add the sesame oil, hoi sin sauce, caster sugar, water, soy sauce, and the cornflour and water mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring, and cook down until the sauce has thickened. Leave to cool.

6. Warm the pancakes in a bamboo steamer for about 4 minutes. Spread a teaspoon or so of sauce over each pancake and scatter with a little of the spring onions and shredded cucumber. Top with a generous helping of sliced duck meat. Roll up the pancakes into a cigar shape and serve.

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