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Chinese Roast Duck with Pancakes

Chinese Roast Duck with Pancakes

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional Chinese recipe from BBC Good Food!


• 1 oven-ready duck
• 2 tsp Chinese five-spice
• 2 star anise
• 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar (we used Merchant Gourmet) (optional)
• 1 orange
• 75ml Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
• 100ml chicken stock
• 30 Chinese pancakes (shop-bought or see 'Goes well with' for a recipe)
• 6 spring onions


1. Heat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Loosen the skin on the duck by wriggling first with your fingers, then with your hand, between it and the flesh until it pulls away – be careful not to break the skin. Trim off any excess fat from the cavity and skin around the neck. Rub the skin all over with the five-spice plus a good sprinkling of salt. Put the duck in a roasting tin and push the star anise, orange peel and orange halves inside. Spoon the vinegar, rice wine and stock into the cavity, don’t worry if it spills out again. Cover the roasting tin with a tent of foil and cook for 2 hrs.

2. Turn oven up to 240C/220C fan/gas 7. Take the foil off, pour off any juices (keep for the noodles, see 'Goes well with') and return the duck to the oven for 30-40 mins or until the skin is browned and crisp.

3. Once cooked, let it rest for 10 mins. Slice off the breasts and shred the meat and skin. Pile onto a plate, keeping the meat and skin separate. Keep warm in a low oven, covering the meat with foil to stop it drying out but keep the skin uncovered to crisp it further. (Remove the rest of the meat in chunks for the noodles - see 'Goes well with'.)

4. Heat the pancakes and serve the duck with accompaniments.

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