Get yourself a duck. Preferably from the supermarket!

Get a very sharp knife and cut the duck down the middle an flatten it.
Rub salt onto the surfaces of the duck.

Get one of those baking bags and put the duck in it.

Make a marinade
5 star anise broken up
1 tablespoon of peppercorns
1/2 tea spoon of cloves
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
3-4 slices of ginger (I used lazy ginger out of a jar)
a good few glugs of red wine, sherry, or black currant juice.

Pour the marinade into the bag with the duck, shake and seal.
Leave at least 6 hours, better still overnight.

In the morning you wish to eat the duck steam it for 3 hours, you will need to check periodically as mine was ready sooner. It is not pretty at this stage but please don’t be put off with how it looks.

leave the duck to cool on a dish (away from the cats)

When its really cool divide the duck up into small pieces and fry in an inch of very hot oil. this is where the duck gets crispy.

Serve with Chinese pancakes or wraps and salad.

I also found a recipe of Chinese pancakes on Video Jug – looks easy enough though I haven’t tried them yet.

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