Saturday, October 3, 2015
China - Peking Duck
I can hardly believe it's true but here I am with the last country on the list. For a big finish I decided to buy a whole duck and make roast Peking duck to have in pancakes. Yum!
6 tablespoons of honey
5 tablespoons of Chinese five spice
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
This recipe is a perfect example of my time as a food blogger. Notice the honey upside down in the picture. At the beginning of the week it was full but now the kids have been having it on their cereal so there aren't 6 tablespoons left. Quick dash to the local Sainsbury's and I'm good to go again!
Mix the honey, soy sauce, sugar and five spice together to make a brown sludge.
Prick the duck all over with a knife (as if it hasn't suffered enough for this meal) and then brush on the sludge. Leave it to dry for 10 minutes or so and then apply another coat. Keep going until you've used it all up.
If you have time leave it overnight in the fridge to marinate.
My recipe said to cook it for 45 minutes at 175C and then turn it over and cook for a further 45 minutes. After 20 minutes the duck was starting to burn so we had to cover it with foil.
After hunting all over Harrogate for chinese duck pancakes we decided to make our own. Hoisin sauce and sliced cucumber made for some very tasty Peking duck pancakes.
BUT the whole Peking Duck experience was very disappointing. The meat on the duck didn't really taste of any of the marinade ingredients and there wasn't much meat on it. The duck cost £10 which is twice as much as we spend on meat for a meal usually. Luckily the delicious hoisin sauce saved the day as it makes anything taste fantastic. What I'd hoped would be a fitting finish to my blog foods turned out to be one of the least enjoyable.
BUT (take two) I'm done! \o/
Over 5 years later I've finally eaten one food from every country in the world. Oh but Emma I hear you cry, what about that time you made Mongolian Beef and it turned out to be an American food instead. Well, hah in your face because last week I made these Mongolian fried cookies.
They were pretty good. :)