Prep 12 hrs
Cook 50 mins
This is time-consuming and difficult. NOT recommended for the beginner or novice cook!! "Smoked meats, including ham, pork and duck, are common in Hunan cooking. When preparing this dish, note that the duck is seasoned with peppercorns and refrigerated overnight before cooking." From Madame Wong's Long-life Chinese Cookbook.
- 5 lbs duck
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorns
- 1⁄2 cup black tea leaves
- 1⁄2 cup rice (uncooked)
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups oil, for deep-frying
- Clean and wash duck.
- Dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
- Rub inside and outside with salt.
- Sprinkle with peppercorns.
- Wrap duck in aluminum foil and place a heavy weight on top. (A brick wrapped in foil will do the trick)
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove foil and place duck on steamer tray.
- Cover and steam over boiling water 1 1/2 hours.
- Line large wok and wok lid with aluminum foil.
- Place tea leaves, rice, and brown sugar on foil.
- Put a rack above the mixture or place 4 chopsticks crosswise approximately 1 inch above it.
- Place duck on rack, breast side up.
- Cover wok and seal tightly to prevent smoke from escaping.
- Turn on high heat. Roast tea mixture until it smokes.
- Smoke duck 10 minutes on high heat.
- Reduce heat to moderate.
- Smoke another 10 minutes. Turn off heat.
- Leave duck in wok 20 minutes more.
- Remove duck.
- Cool thoroughly and rub with soy sauce.
- Sprinkle evenly with cornstarch.
- Heat oil in wok and deep-fry duck 10 minutes (5 minutes each side).
- Remove and drain on paper towel.
- Chop into bite-sized pieces and serve with rice mixture.