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I love me some duck, I do!  

{ FUN FACT : “Duck” in Cantonese – pronounced as “ngap” – also means gigolo }

Anyway, my dear Mum taught me how to make the best Chinese roast duck ever!

Crispy skin on the outside and juicy meat on the inside!

And luckily for you, I made a video of the recipe and method of how to make it so you can make this delicious roast duck too!  { SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE HERE }

Maybe you can make this for your special someone for Valentines Day next week…?  Or Chinese New Year is coming up so why not pretend you’re Chinese { if you’re not already, that is! } and make this.

Just remember, it’s not one of those recipes which you can make on the same day.  You actually need to prep the duck and wait { patiently } for 3-4 days for it to be ready to be roasted!

If you aren’t a fan of videos, I’ve got the written version right here too 🙂  Don’t say I’m not good to you!


The Best Chinese Roast Duck Ever

An original recipe by Ling’s Mama

(Serves 2-4 people depending on how you serve it)


1 x duck (around 2kg+, thawed if frozen)

Half onion (sliced)
Knob of ginger (sliced)
4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
White bulb of spring onion (chopped)
1 x star anise
1 x cinnamon stick
2 x bay leaf

2 tbsp hoi sin sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp five spice powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp sesame oil

3 bowls of water
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp maltose { sticky syrup }


1.  Remove duck innards and rinse duck with cold water

2.  Dry roast [A] in a pan until fragrant.  Allow to cool.

3.  Mix [B] together

4.  Combine [A] and [B] together and stuff everything into the duck cavity

5.  Use a skewer to sew the cavity together by threading in and out

6.  Boil [C] in a large pan or wok.

7.  With the mixture boiling, carefully lift up the duck by it’s neck and use a ladle to bathe the duck all over.  Repeat 10 times.  At this stage, the duck’s skin will be looking plump and shiny.

8.  Allow to cool before placing it in the fridge uncovered to dry out for 3-4 days.  The longer you leave it to dry out, the crispier the skin!

9.  On the day you are going to roast the duck, remove from the fridge and place on top of roasting rack with the breast side up.

10.  Preheat oven to 190 degrees.  Place in oven on the middle shelf.

11.  Let it roast for 60 minutes.  Open the door to have a look.  If the colour isn’t that roast duck red colour, put it back in for another 5-10 minutes.

12.  Remove from oven and let the duck rest for 15-20 minutes.

13.  Drain sauce from duck before chopping.  Save the sauce for noodles or make a gravy if you want.

14.  Chop it up and serve.

Personally, I love my roast duck with hoi sin sauce on dry noodles.  YUM!!!

#thebestchineseroastduckever – yep, it’s so good that it deserves its own hashtag! 😛

6 comments on “How To Make The Best Chinese Roast Duck Ever”

  1. Ling this looks awesome, but I have a few questions. 1 Is the cook temp degrees F or C. 2. how big of a knob of ginger, one, two, three inches. It may sound silly but the knob at my local store are quite large. Can wait to try this, and thank you.

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