Peking Duck
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I made this for Chinese New Year, but you could make this any time, perhaps even Valentine’s day if you want to treat a loved one. It does take significantly longer than ordering a takeaway or popping to the supermarket, but it’s worth the effort and you know whats gone in it.

Recipe: Peking Duck Fakeaway

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Serves: 2


  • 1 whole duck (approx 1kg)
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Ginger - a thumb sized piece
  • Soy Sauce
  • 4 Spring Onions
  • Half a cucumber

  • Chinese Pancakes
    makes 12
  • 187g plain flour
  • 112ml water

  • Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil


  1. Pre heat the oven to Gas Mark 3. Rub the duck with salt then grate the ginger and pop that and the star anise into the cavity of the duck.
  2. Rub all over with 5 spice and put in the oven for 2 hours.
  3. Take out occasionally to baste and add some soy sauce.
  4. Once the duck is done shred using two forks.
  5. While the duck is happily cooking away in the oven you can prep the other bits before you earn yourself a sit down and a cup of tea.
  6. Cut the cucumber and spring onion into thin matchsticks or use a julienne peeler if possible.

  7. To make the pancakes:
  8. Measure out the flour and add the water.
  9. Mix to form a dough. I find it easiest to separate the dough into 12 then roll into little balls and roll out into a thin pancake.
  10. Dry fry them in a non stick frying pan and then steam. If you use a traditional metal steamer with holes in I found the best way was to put it two tiers up and don't have the water boiling too much or it makes a lot of condensation and the pancakes go weird and sticky. If you have a bamboo one then great!

  11. To make the hoisin sauce
  12. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.