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Peking Duck

5 lb fresh duck
1/4 ts salt
1/2 ts five spice
1/4 ts MSG (optional)
1/2 ts sugar
3 sl lemon, sliced thin with rind
4 c water
3 tb honey
3 tb dark soy sauce
3 tb red wine vinegar or 2/3 c Chinese rice wine

Mix the salt, 5-Spice, MSG and sugar together and rub inside of
bird with the mixture. Fold up the tail into the bird and using
an upholstery needle or turkey skewers and string, close up the
duck sealing all openings.

Blanch the duck in 3 qts of boiling water pouring the water over
the duck about 8 times. Hang up to dry for 3-4 hours.

Combine red wine vinegar (or rice wine), water, honey, soy sauce
and lemon in a pot and bring mixture to a boil. Turn heat to low
and let simmer for 20 minutes. Using a ladle, pour this mixture
over the duck several times until it is completely coated. Hang
duck in front of a fan for 4-5 hours or overnight sans fan.

Place duck on a greased rack and roast for 20 minutes in at 400 F.
Turn oven down to 375 F and continue to roast - 25 minutes per lb.
total time. This includes the first 20 minutes. (A 4 1/2 lb duck
would take approx. 1 1/2 hrs.)


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