We are always on the hunt for decent roast duck in KL. Our criteria for a good roast duck is crispy skin plus flavorful, juicy meat. Not difficult, right? When we were at the supermarket last week, Hubby saw ducks for sale and said, "Wanna make roast duck for Chinese New Year?". Challenge accepted.
Glistening, gloriously crispy skin
To achieve crispy skin on the duck, it is important that the skin is very dry before roasting. Initially, I was a little apprehensive about sun-drying the duck as I was worried it would attract flies and other insects. Fortunately, no such problem plus with the very hot weather during CNY, it didn't take long for the skin to dry. Both my kids found it a funny sight to see the duck sunbathing in the garden ;)
In between the sunbathing sessions, the duck also needs to be "bathed" in a mixture of maltose and rice vinegar. Once the skin is dry, simply stuff the cavity with the seasoning and put in the oven to roast. There is no need to leave the meat to marinate - easy! One reason why I've never attempted making roast duck until now, is that I was under the impression that it makes a lot of mess in the oven, however after making it I can now say that roasting duck is pretty mess-free (even less oil splatter than making siew yuk- the oil just drips onto the tray).
Our duck sunbathing in the garden.... enjoying the scenery with a bottle of Moet LOL!!
It didn't take long for the skin to brown in the oven and soon, we had a beautiful, glistening roast duck at the dinner table. I served it with oiled rice and 3 types of sauce - homemade chilli sauce (recipe here), plum sauce (store-bought) and the duck gravy (which you pour out from the cavity). The roast duck was simply sensational - it ticked all the boxes for a fantastic roast duck - crispy skin, flavorful, moist and juicy.
I was really happy to see my family enjoying this so much. Hubby commented that this is far better than a lot of those being sold outside. I would definitely make this again - though there is a long waiting time (to sun-dry the duck), the actual work that goes into this is pretty minimal. Easy and delicious!
Fantastic roast duck!
Love love love this!
Crispy-skin Chinese roast duck 烤鸭
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Nasilemaklover
Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus 3-4 hours for drying)
Cooking time: 55-60 minutes
1 whole duck (2.5kg)
3 cups water
2 tbsp maltose
1 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp fermented soybean paste (taucu)
1/2 tsp Chinese five Spice powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp caster sugar
4 shallots, blend into paste
4 cloves garlic, blend into paste
Rice (4 pax)
2 tbsp shallot oil (recipe here)
1 Japanese cucumber, sliced
Homemade chilli sauce (recipe here)
Plum sauce (store-bought)
Gravy from duck
1. Wash the duck well and remove any visible hairs. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
2. In a large wok, combine water, maltose and vinegar and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Place the duck into the wok and bath the duck with the mixture several times. (ie use a ladle and scoop the mixture all over the duck).
3. Sun-dry the duck for 2 hours. I placed a bottle in the duck's cavity so that it can stand upright and get even sunning. You can also get a hook to hang the duck (around the neck), whatever works. After 2 hours, bring the mixture in the wok to a boil again. Once boiling, turn off and bath the duck again and then sun-dry for 1-2 hours until a dried skin is formed. (weather-dependent - it is done once the skin is hard to the touch).
4. Combine the seasoning with the blended shallots and garlic in a bowl, and mix well. Spread the seasoning in the duck's cavity only (make sure you spread it around well). Do not rub the mixture over the outer skin.
5. Preheat oven to 190°C (roast mode). Place the duck on a wire rack, with a tray underneath to catch any oil drippings. Cook for 55-60 mins until the skin is brown and crispy. Do remember to turn the duck around half way through for even browning of the skin.
6. Once ready, remove from oven and pour the gravy out from the duck cavity. Try not to get it onto the skin as it will make the skin lose its crispiness. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then chop into bite-size pieces using a meat cleaver. Serve with white rice, oiled rice or noodles and sliced cucumbers.
7. To make oiled rice, simply cook as you would normal white rice but replace water with chicken stock and add in 2 tbsp of shallot oil. The rice will have a lovely fragrance once ready.
During CNY, ducks are often served as it symbolises fertility
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*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's FB page on 15 February 2014.