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Homemade Chinese-Style Crispy Duck In A Pancake

A delicious and authentic Chinese dish that's perfect for a family dinner or a dinner party. Tender and juicy duck meat is served with thin pancakes, green onions, and a sweet hoisin sauce.

Tasty Team
89% would make again
Homemade Chinese-Style Crispy Duck In A Pancake


for 12 servings

  • 2 duck legs

Glazing mix

  • 4 cups boiling water (1 L)
  • 6 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup rice vinegar (150 mL)


  • ½ cup spring onion (75 g), chopped
  • ½ cup ginger (25 g), finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons five spice
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar

To Serve

  • 12 chinese pancakes
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (60 g)
  • 4 spring onions, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 285
  • Fat 6g
  • Carbs 41g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 16g
  • Protein 14g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Lightly score into the skin of the duck legs.
  2. In boiling hot water, add vinegar and sugar. Stir.
  3. Submerge the duck legs in the glaze mix for 20 seconds.
  4. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F).
  5. Pad dry the duck legs with kitchen roll.
  6. Mix well all the marinade ingredients.
  7. Give the duck legs a good rub in the marinade.
  8. On a cooling rack set over a baking tray, place a bed of the marinade then put the duck legs on top. Make sure they are skin side up.
  9. Roast the duck legs for 30 minutes on 160°C (320°F).
  10. Turn up the oven to 200°C (400˚F) and roast the duck for another 20 minutes.
  11. Rest the duck legs for 10 minutes, then shred them with two forks.
  12. Serve with Chinese pancakes, hoisin sauce, shredded spring onions, and sliced cucumber.
  13. Enjoy!
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Homemade Chinese-Style Crispy Duck In A Pancake