Peking Duck

Preparation info

  • Serves

    8

    as a three-course meal .
    • Difficulty

      Complex

Appears in

Chinese Technique

By Ken Hom

Published 1981

  • About

In China, the roasting of Peking Duck is so highly regarded that chefs specialize in it, and some restaurants serve only Peking Duck dinners. Ducks are bred and raised especially for this dish: they are force-fed much as the French force-feed geese for foie gras. The birds’ movements are restricted so that their flesh stays tender and juicy. The ducks are roasted in special ovens over a fire of dried jujube date, peach, and pear branches to give the skin and meat a unique fragrance.