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Chinese Style Roast Duck

Chinese Style Roast Duck
Credits @chinese_carnivore

Juicy duck with prizzed flavorful skin, in its own drippings. Sweet Savoury Roast Duck! This takes time to make, as you need to overnight in the refrigerator. Also, Maltose  or malt sugar is the key ingredient that gives sweetness and a lacquered caramel glaze to the skin. Find it in Chinese food stores.

Chinese Style Roast Duck Recipe


  • 1 tbsp Fermented red tofu, mashed
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine (cooking rice wine)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Malt sugar (alternative: honey)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp five spice powder (ngohiong powder)


  1. First, clean duck and pour boiling water over it (opens pores to absorb seasoning)
  2. Rub on: fermented red tofu, garlic, put through a press or minced and mashed with a knife, Shaoxing rice wine, malt sugar, splash of rice vinegar, hoisin, five spice powder.
  3. Marinate Duck overnight and keep it in the fridge without cover. Let the skin dry up.
  4. To cook, heat oven to 220°C, roast 45mins on each side until duck becomes crispy and golden to reddish brown hue.
  5. For the sauce: add 1 tbsp of hoisin sauce mixed with 1 tbsp sesame oil and little water.



Credits: Celebrity Chef Vindy Lee