What is Peking Duck?
Peking Duck is a delectable dish that originated in Beijing, China during the Imperial Era. It became one of the main dishes on the court menus of the Ming Dynasty in the 1500s and is now considered one of China's national foods.
Peking Duck is made with a specific breed of duck, the Imperial Peking. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days
and seasoned before being roasted in a brick oven, which causes the skin to become crispy.
Peking Duck can be eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and either hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.
Peking Duck is made with a thin, crisp skin, with the dish consisting mostly of the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook and served in three stages.
- First, the skin is served dipped in sugar and garlic sauce.
- The meat is then served with steamed pancakes spring onions and sweet bean sauce.
- Several vegetable dishes are provided to accompany the meat, typically cucumber sticks. The diners spread sauce, and optionally sugar, over the pancake. The pancake is wrapped around the meat with the vegetables and eaten by hand. The remaining fat, meat and bones may be made into a broth, served as is, or the meat chopped up and stir fried with sweet bean sauce. Otherwise, they are packed up to be taken home by the customers
To celebrate National Peking Duck Day, visit a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a traditionally prepared Peking Duck.