Fragrant, Crispy Duck

Xiangsu Ya

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By Ellen Schrecker

Published 1976

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Flavor: Unique — Meal: Easy, Made in Advance

Peking Duck is a much overrated bird. Its preparation and consumption are attended by so much ceremony that it is easy to forget that it is, after all, only a plain roast duck. And, propaganda aside, ducks are capable of greater things gastronomically.

In Szechwan, they achieve them. The two best Chinese ducks come from there, Camphor Smoked Duck and xiangsu ya, or Fragrant, Crispy Duck, often called Szechwan Duck. The form