Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Adapted from an old Craig Claiborne recipe I like very much. Cooking time is very approximate and may go longer than stated (the original recipe indicated only about 1 hour but I have not found it to be done in that time when using the size of duck indicated). Preparation time does not include letting duck dry overnight.
- 1 (5 lb) duck
- 1 tablespoon bean sauce
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry or 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1⁄2 whole star anise
- 1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons honey
- Cut off duck's wing tips and 2nd joints.
- Combine bean sauce through anise and rub the inside of the duck with the mixture.
- Sew the neck and tail openings securely.
- Bring 6 cups water to a boil.
- Place duck on a rack in your sink and pour 3 cups boiling water over the breast; turn over and pour on the rest of the boiling water so that all parts of the duck have been exposed to boiling water.
- Pat the duck dry.
- Combine vinegar and honey with 1 cup water; heat, stirring to blend smoothly; brush duck all over with the mixture.
- Slip a loop of string around the duck's neck and hang in a dry place overnight.
- Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
- Put the duck back-side-down on a rack in a roasting pan and roast at 450°F 6-10 minutes until golden brown.
- Turn with a towel (NOT a fork).
- Roast 8-10 minutes longer, making sure the duck does not burn.
- Reduce heat to 350°F and turn the duck onto its back once more, tent with foil and roast 20 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 300°F; roast 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 250°F; roast until tender (if used, a meat thermometer stuck in thickest part of thigh should register almost 180°F).
- Now increase heat to 450°F, remove foil and roast 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve hot.