Chinese Peking Duck: A Deliciously Exotic Dish

The succulent flavor and tender texture of Peking duck has been enjoyed by Chinese diners for centuries. As a dish that originated in the imperial capitals of Beijing, this roast duck is sometimes also known as Beijing duck.

In its traditional form, Peking duck is made using a special method of preparation. The duck is skillfully carved and dried, before being soaked in syrup, to cleanse its skin and give it a beautiful golden-brown color. Then it is roasted with special seasonings before being served with pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce.

Not only is Peking duck known for its delicious flavor, but also for its cultural significance. This is one of the most traditional dishes of Beijing and can be found in the menus of restaurants around the world. Once a meal limited to the imperial court of old Beijing, Peking duck can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

Recipe: Chinese Peking Duck


  • 5 lb duck
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons maltose (Chinese malt syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the duck in a roasting pan, rub the sea salt and five-spice powder all over the skin.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and maltose, then brush the mixture all over the duck as well.
  4. Pour the vegetable oil into the bottom of the pan and place it in the preheated oven.
  5. Roast the duck for 40 minutes, then turn and roast for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve with pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce. Enjoy!