People think the most common Chinese roast duck dish is Peking duck but what you see hanging in the windows of Chinatown “delis” is actually the Cantonese version of roast duck from the southern part of China. It, too, has the crackling-crisp skin that comes from air drying the duck prior to roasting but it is moister and savory from the liquid marinade that flavors the duck from the inside as it roasts.
You will be used following ingredients:
- 1 ducks
- 140g caster sugar
- 6 star anise seeds large piece ginger , sliced
- small bunch spring onions , roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp malt syrup or maltose (available in most Chinese supermarkets)
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Dried Angelica
- Ginger slices
- Bay leaves
- Anise stars
- Dried Mandarin Pee
- The day before, soak 4 wooden skewers in water for 20 mins. Wash the ducks inside and out with cold water, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper. Mix together the sugar, star anise, ginger, spring onions and a few good pinches of salt, then use this to fill the cavities. Close the cavities with wooden skewers and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the maltose and 2 tbsp of the vinegar. Add the remaining vinegar to a jug of boiling water and pour over the ducks. (The boiling water opens up the pores, while the vinegar helps to strip some of the waxiness from the skin, so it will be more receptive to the maltose, which adds sweetness and a lacquered caramel colour.) Smear the maltose mixture over the ducks, then place them in a large plastic container and put in the fridge overnight, uncovered.
- To cook, heat oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7. (Fan ovens are particularly effective for roasting duck.) Put a little water in the bottom of a large roasting tin, place the ducks on a rack over the top and cover with foil. Roast for about 45 mins. Take off the foil and roast for another 45 mins – the duck must be well done, there is no such thing as a rare Chinese roast duck! Take the duck out of the oven and let it rest for a good 20 mins before carving.