about 4 duck breasts (boneless halves)
preferably coarse salt
Chinese five spice powder
cut into thin slices
+ 1 more teaspoon
only the green part
Step by step
We prepare the marinade:
- In a saucepan, combine water with juice from the 2 oranges, vinegar, star anise and ginger slices.
- Add honey and sugar, mix well.
- Place the pan over heat and let boil for 10 minutes to infuse properly.
The duck breasts are cleaned and washed well. Prick the skin all over with a toothpick.
Sink the meat in the hot marinade and leave there for 3-5 minutes.
Because the skin has these small holes now, it will release some fat in the marinade, so it should.
With a thin and very sharp knife, make some diamond-patterned slits on the skin. Be very careful not to cut the meat!
Season with salt on both sides.
Then sprinkle with Chinese 5 spice powder on the meat side, not on the skin.
Arrange the duck breasts on a kitchen grill and refrigerate for 10 to 12 hours.
After 10 hours, arrange the duck breasts, skin side down, in a cold pan, for the skin to release as much fat as possible.
Place over heat and brown on both sides.
While the meat is cooking, heat the oven to 200 C.
Move the browned breast pieces from the pan into an oven sheet.
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon of sesame oil + 1 teaspoon of Hoisin sauce and brush the diamond-patterned side with this mixture.
Place in the hot oven for 10 minutes.
After this time, let the duck cool for 10-15 minutes.
Then slice into thin pieces and arrange nicely on a plate.
Because the Peking duck is served with Chinese Pancakes, which are a kind of specific flatbreads - you'll have to start making them 2-3 hours before frying the breasts. You have the recipe here!
When serving, each pancake is divided into 2 thinner ones and shared with the neighbors at the table :)
Grease the pancake with Hoisin Sauce or even better with Plum Sauce - you can find the recipe here.
Of course, don't forget to cut the cucumber into thin slices and the onion into larger pieces.
Put slices of meat on the pancake, have no mercy, at least 3-4 good pieces.
Finally add 1-2 slices of cucumber and also green onions.
Bite, savour and think it was worth the effort!