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Basic Steamed Deep-Fried Duck

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Duck; 4 to 5 pounds
  • Salt & pepper
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Scallions


1. Wipe duck inside and out with a damp cloth. Rub liberally with salt and
pepper. Let stand 1 hour.

2. Place bird in a deep, heatproof bowl and steam 1-1/2 to 2 hours by the
bowl-in-a-pot method (see "HOW-TO SECTION").

3. Drain duck and let cool. Wipe dry, then truss (see "HOW-TO SECTION").

4. Heat oil to boiling. Using a wire basket or long-handled Chinese
strainer, gently lower in duck and deep-fry, basting and turning, until
golden. Drain on paper toweling.

5. Let duck cool slightly, then chop, bones and all, in bite-size pieces.
Serve with scallion brushes (see "HOW-TO SECTION"), a plum or hoisin sauce
dip, or any other dip for deep-fried duck (see recipes).

NOTE: The technique of double-frying can be used here. In step 4, deep-fry
the duck 5 minutes, lift out; reheat the oil. Then return the bird and
deep-fry again until crisp and golden.


1. In Step 1, rub duck with any of the following mixtures:

a. 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon anise pepper and 1/8 teaspoon Five

b. 2 tablespoons sherry, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4
teaspoon red pepper

c. 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon brown bean sauce,
mashed; and 1/2 teaspoon Five Spices

d. 1 to 2 scallion stalks and 3 or 4 slices fresh ginger root, both
minced; 1 tablespoon Szechwan peppercorns, crushed; and 2 teaspoons salt

2. In Step 2, before steaming, add to bowl with duck 2 scallion stalks
and 2 or 3 slices fresh ginger root.

3. In Step 3, before trussing duck, coat with a mixture of 2
tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; or 3 tablespoons flour
and 1 egg, lightly beaten.

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