Duck is one of the most typical meat used in Chinese cuisine. Everyone loves it due to its chewy texture and tender meat, as well as its fragrant aroma. When mixed with other sauces and rice, duck dishes can be a perfect way to complete a meal.
Peking Duck is one of the most well known Chinese duck dishes. It is often served together with some buns and wrappers, as well as soy sauce to enhance the flavour.
Did you know that today, the 18th of January, is National Peking Duck Day?
On this day, many Chinese people will gather with their friends and family to have a simple meal, with Peking Duck as the main dish.
This unique and delicious Chinese duck dish is a national dish of China. It is famous and is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine as it is incredibly time-consuming to prepare. Furthermore, since the origin of this dish, the recipe for Peking Duck has been perfected over many generations.
The History Of Peking Duck
Peking Duck was invented and discovered a long time ago during the Ming Dynasty. It has a history of about six hundred years ago.
This dish was initially prepared just for the Emperor himself. During that era, cooks and chefs would travel to Beijing to perfect this dish for the Emperor.
So how did it become such a common dish?
During the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, chefs and cooks who prepared the dish for Emperor left the palace and started to introduce this dish in masses to the public.
Soon enough, with the rise in Chinese migration across the world, Peking Duck made its impact in every corner of the world.
The Elaborate Preparation
The Peking Duck is well-known for its delicious and tender meat as well as its tedious preparation. The preferred duck for this dish is the white Beijing duck, typically this type of duck is often raised and well-fed for about 65 days before they are brought in to slaughter.
During the preparation process, the duck’s feathers are plucked out, and air is pumped in between the meat and the skin. Then, it is boiled in water to remove extra feathers, skewed and hung to dry.
During this drying process, the skin of the duck is sugar-coated and glazed for 24 hours. This is to ensure that the skin can get extra crispy once it is cooked.
Then the final process is to roast the duck over high temperatures and preparing other dishes to eat with the tender duck meat.
Where Can You Find Peking Duck?
Peking Duck is quite common to find in most Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. It can be a bit impossible to make this delicacy at home on your own as it requires a particular type of duck. Therefore, check out your local Chinese restaurants to enjoy this fantastic dish!
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