How one of New York’s Best Peking Ducks is Made — Prime Time

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– Hello, Brent. – Hello, Ben. – We’re here at Decoy. – To learn how to make Peking duck. We’re here at Decoy in the West Village, to learn from Chef Joe,
exactly what goes into full perfect Peking duck. I’ve never made it. – We’re making Peking duck. Why Peking duck over roasted
duck or braised duck? – The history has come
from Northern China. It’s not Southern China, Southern China they eat roast duck, which is just put in the oven, they chop it and eat it, without the pancake. So, this duck is from Canada and also the duck itself is
about six to seven pounds. They are very, very not too fatty. Usually when you have
duck from different farm the breast is that thick. You now, it’s not moist,
it’s like very dry. And by the way, right now
the very, very famous dish in New York, which is this part. – Tongue?
– No. – Oh, right there? – The whole thing. – What do you even call that? – They call it jowl? I don’t know, is it called jowl? – Sure, duck jowl. – They cook this part. They only sell this part
expensive than the meat. – Really?
– What? – Really? – Because one duck only have
one jowl, but you have two leg. – Yeah.
(laughter) Okay. – The first thing is we
gotta clean the duck. They come with all the
intestines, everything. We gotta get it out, we gotta clean this, and then salt first. Three spoon of salt inside. The very, very, very, very important is when we do any preparation on the duck, don’t get the skin dirty. – Okay.
– Okay? Keep everything clean. Like, especially salt and the sauce. If any sauce or salt would touch the skin, when you put it in the oven, that part is dark and burned, because this is sodium in there. So just keep it very, very,
very clean and go around inside, and like, massage them. – Gently? – Yeah, make sure the
flavor go everywhere. So, then you put two star anise. – [Ben] So we got the… – [Chef Joe] And the ginger–
– [Ben] Five spice? Yeah, five spice in there, and ginger. Two.
– [Brent] Two of these? – [Chef Joe] Yeah, one or two is fine. Scallion as well. – Great. – [Chef Joe] And two spoon
of sauce and go over. – [Ben] Don’t spill it. – [Chef Joe] Okay, and
then we gonna close it. – And then is it just… Straight down the middle? Yeah?
– Yeah. – That looks good! Pumping air into the carcass. This is a traditional part of it, is getting the fat and
the skin to separate. Who came up with that idea? – That has come from the people that they try to make how they
make the skin crispy. – Yeah. – That’s why when they cook this without pumping the air there, they’re not getting the better result. – It makes so much sense, but also it’s, I can’t imagine who thought of that. It’s like, let’s just pump
a bunch of air in there and then we’ll get the crispy skin. – Oh and by the way, in 19, I mean 50 years ago,
they don’t have a pump. They do… (blowing rapidly) They do this. – I think that’s what Brent should do. – Yeah. (air hissing)
(laughing) – We’ve gonna start pumping from the neck, and then you gotta hold it, okay? Make sure you gotta hold it. – [Brent] Okay.
– [Chef Joe] Okay? (air hissing) Don’t go too fast. You see that? – I think that’s the most John Carpenter thing we’ve ever done.
– You can try, you can try. You should try because they lose air, you could pump it up again. – There’s a hole down here, Ben. – [Ben] Yeah, now it’s just
so loose on the neck and wow. Wow, wow, wow. It’s the first time I’ve ever pumped air into the carcass of a duck. – This is plain water. – Just plain water, any seasoning? – No, nothing. The reason why we do this, we want to get the skin tight right now. – Okay.
– Okay? We don’t wanna cook the skin.
– Right. – We just want the skin get tight. So, you just go like this. – [Ben] Oh, it’s a duck in a pond. – [Joe] It looks like you’re
washing them, ya know? Okay, and then we go to the
last part of the preparation. Red vinegar. Okay?
– Okay. – And sugar. The vinegar and sugar,
they make the skin crispy, that’s the important part. Put that on the top of the duck to make sure every part
of the duck gets touched with the vinegar and the sugar. – [Ben] And these are all
the traditional steps? – [Chef Joe] Yeah.
– [Ben] Okay. – We gotta let it dry… for six to eight hours. So, we’re gonna go downstairs
and cook the duck in the oven. – Let’s go cook a duck. Dinner. So, what temperature are
we cooking the ducks at? – We cook the duck at 300, and then we gotta shut it down for about 275, and then the last five
minutes, we’re gonna turn it on to about 350 to 400,
to get all the fat out. We don’t want any fat stuck in the duck. – Where does all of the fat go? – To the bottom, you see this? The oven? You see all the fat? – [Brent] That’s a lot of fat. – [Chef Joe] Yeah. – What do you think, chef? – The duck is almost, about 40 minutes. – Oh those are brown. – [Chef Joe] Hold the
hook and take this out. (whistling) – [Ben] Oh, that’s beautiful. What’s the punishment if I drop this in the bottom accidentally? – [Chef Joe] I gotta get your– Fired?
– No. An employee benefit. Go home. (laughing) Show everyone. See how shiny? Now we’re gonna filet. When we do the duck before in the preparation, remember this? We close it.
– Yes. – Right now we gotta take it off. Because we gotta get all of the sauce out from inside, we don’t need that. This part we’re gonna cut. You see some sauce, it’s dropping. – [Ben] And everything else has just been absorbed by the meat? – [Chef Joe] Yeah, absorbed by the meat. Smell. – Oh man, that smells so good. – Take the leg off. – Take the leg off,
because some people when they eat Peking duck, the
most part they like to eat, which is the breast and the back, but the breast part is kind of moist. With the pancake will
be more, have a texture. Back of the part, in
general, people just eat without any pancake, you know, like chips. – I like chips. Duck chips? – So we’re gonna do the breast part. So, we first– – Yeah, what’s your way? – My way is take one piece of a pancake and then you choose
whatever sauce you want. – [Brent] You like the hoisin? – Hoisin, the sesame… and I like the vegetable more, because I like the jalapeño flavor. Okay, and then you get one of the breasts, and a little bit of scallion. Not much, and eat it. – Me?
– Yeah. – [Brent] That’s awesome. – I definitely didn’t expect the jalapeńo. That makes a huge difference. – Really, really nice. The brightness from the jalapeño, the sweetness from the hoisin, the sesame. Oh my gosh. I’ve had Peking duck plenty of times, I’ve never had it with these
sauces with the fried leeks, this is such a unique experience. So, this is what you
want out of Peking duck? – Sure. – [Brent] And it’s a lot
more fun to build yourself. – More preparation and
the cook preparation, the whole thing about 24 hours. – [Brent] A full 24 hours into this dish? – [Chef Joe] Yeah.
– [Ben] And then you end up with this beautiful,
unique, Peking duck dish brought to your table? – [Chef Joe] Yeah. – Wow, this is so impressive. The flavors are amazing,
thank you so much. This was great. – Amazing.
– Thank you. – Thank you. We’re gonna eat the rest of this duck for you so it’s out of your way. (laughing)


  1. To me Peking duck is 3 dishes. the skin is used to wrap with the buns. the meat is use to stir fry with veggie to make another dish and the carcass is used to make a soup.

  2. Invite me for a dinner and u can serve me that leftover meat the chef didnt put in the plate i will still be Very happy

  3. Although the form of cooking is from northern China, I believe the English name, Peking, is a translation from the southern Chinese language, Cantonese. It’s how you would say Beijing in Cantonese.

  4. This is not Peking Duck! Although somewhere in China does roast Duck in this way, however, definitely not so called Peking duck.

  5. Yeah…not a correct preparation of a Peking Duck. Funny how he said it’s not a Southern style duck when EVERY part of the preparation is southern style even from the cut of the duck to the marination. Southern style duck is cut from the carcass to clean the guts and northern Peking duck is cut open from the arm pit with no marination, this is why Southern style roasted duck can be consumed as is after cooked and northern style Peking duck would be consumed with assorted vegetables and condiments wrapped with a pancake.

  6. This may be a good duck, but it is not a Peking Duck. You have to come to Beijing to see the real thing. Very different.

  7. So…what kind of life did the ducks have before becoming food? The duck is the main ingredient, And yet the life it had not commented at all. Makes absolutely no sense not tot alk about this. Ducks are mainly produced in holocaust enviroment.

  8. I smoke duck with apple wood until the breast gets to 165F using a honey orange sauce. I then finish if off in a 500F broiler breast side up for 5-10 minutes to crisp the skin and get the last of the fat off the breast. I cut up the duck into it's main parts. I usually make duck breast over a Alfredo sauce with fettuccine noodles.

  9. probably a surface level understanding of physics and understanding how things interact with each other during cooking. you then come up with little tricks and techniques to improve texture, flavour, etc

  10. Ha love it. French love Duck too. Speaking of French , The late Chef Paul Bocuse is the most celebrated chef in Lyon, France. Known for his nouvelle cuisine , Chef Bocuse adopted innovative approach to making the traditional Lyonnaise cuisine lighter and more refined. His three michelin starred restaurant is a must visit when you come to Lyon. So come eat an indulgent meal with me and appreciate Paul Bocuse cooking. See what's inside the big bladder and crack open that legendary truffle soup with me!

  11. Have to say this is Cantonese roast duck instead of Peking roast duck. The Cantonese way is gutting from the bottom of the duck and sealing it. The Peking way is gutting from somewhere around the duck wing and just a small hole left, much more sophisticated. And the final product of Peking roast duck is more plump and crispy. And I think Peking duck is cooked without filling sources.

  12. You're kidding, right? You're going to use garage air compressor to blow motor oil laden air into Peking Duck???? NO THANK YOU!

  13. Humans are going to look back at this grotesque display of barbarism just like they did any disgraceful inhumane act done to humans.

    So enjoy your 🦆…you are making history.

  14. Go to The Peking Duckhouse…been there for decades or one of those storefront places in Chinatown that have them hanging in the window. Cheaper and better.

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