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In honor of Holidays around the world, this page is dedicated to Food Holidays and the month of January. Listed below is our research finding on National Peking Duck Day, subject facts, it's origin and creator of this annual observance.
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National Peking Duck Day:  January 18
Happy National Peking Duck Day!
Today's the day to host a Peking Duck dinner party. Duck is not a popular dish in the United States so why not host a dinner party and treat your guests to a meal they don't usually get to eat. If that's a bit to adventurous for you then have your dinner catered.
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Facts about Peking Duck
Peking duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered a national dish of China.

The dish is prized for the thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with pancakes, scallion, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.

Two notable restaurants in Beijing which serve this dish are Quanjude and Bianyifang, two centuries-old establishments which have become household names.
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the true creator of this day, but it seems we did find the origin of this day.
Why the month of January and why the 18th day??  That's the question...
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day as all food and drink holidays are.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a food holiday that is publicized to celebrate.

National Peking Duck Day Celebrations?
There is no traditional celebration for National Peking Duck Day that we know of. Many people create their own celebration of this day by cooking a homemade Peking Duck for family and friends or by visiting a Chinese restaurant to enjoy a traditionally prepared Peking Duck. 

We found  recognition from...
calendar sites, food sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. We also found reference to this day on food related websites and restaurant sites that have Peking duck on their menu.
punchbowl.com - mahalo.com  -  
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Cooking
Fattened ducks are slaughtered, plucked, eviscerated and rinsed thoroughly with water. Air is pumped under the skin through the neck cavity to separate the skin from the fat. The duck is then soaked in boiling water for a short while before it is hung up to dry. While it is hung, the duck is glazed with a layer of maltose syrup, and the inside is rinsed once more with water. Having been left to stand for 24 hours, the duck is roasted in an oven until it turns shiny brown.

Peking Duck is traditionally roasted in either a closed oven or hung oven. The closed oven is built of brick and fitted with metal griddles (Chinese: 箅子; pinyin: bì zi). The oven is preheated by burning Gaoliang sorghum straw (Chinese: 秫秸; pinyin: shú jiē) at the base. The duck is placed in the oven immediately after the fire burns out, allowing the meat to be slowly cooked through the convection of heat within the oven.

The hung oven was developed in the imperial kitchens during the Qing Dynasty and adopted by the Quanjude restaurant chain. It is designed to roast up to 20 ducks at the same time with an open fire fueled by hardwood from peach or pear trees. The ducks are hung on hooks above the fire and roasted at a temperature of 270 °C (525 °F) for 30–40 minutes. While the ducks are cooking, the chef may use a pole to dangle each duck closer to the fire for 30 second intervals. Almost every part of a duck can be cooked. The Quanjude Restaurant even served their customers the "All Duck Banquet" in which they cooked the bones of ducks with vegetables.

Besides the traditional methods to prepare Peking Duck, recipes have been compiled by chefs around the world to produce the dish at home.

Serving
The cooked Peking Duck is traditionally carved in front of the diners and served in three stages. First, the skin is served dipped in sugar and garlic sauce. The meat is then served with steamed pancakes (simplified Chinese: 春饼; traditional Chinese: 春餅; pinyin: chūn bǐng), spring onions and sweet bean sauce. Several vegetable dishes are provided to accompany the meat, typically cucumber sticks. The diners spread sauce, and optionally sugar, over the pancake. The pancake is wrapped around the meat with the vegetables and eaten by hand. The remaining fat, meat and bones may be made into a broth, served as is, or the meat chopped up and stir fried with sweet bean sauce. Otherwise, they are packed up to be taken home by the customers.
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Ideas on how to Celebrate this holiday:
  • Host a Peking Duck dinner party. Duck is not a popular dish in the United States so why not host a dinner party and treat your guest to a meal they don't usually get to try. If your pushed for time have your dinner catered by the pros.

  • To celebrate National Peking Duck Day, visit a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a traditionally prepared Peking Duck.

  • Are you feeling adventurous? Try cooking Peking duck at home! If that's to much for you then try a few duck sauce recipes and see how you like them.

  • Do you need a door prize for your party? You could think about giving away a duck!  big grin~

  • Give a calendar as a gift so they will never forget the holiday again! Amazon has a huge selection of many different theme calendars. Pick a food or dessert theme calendar.

  • Send Free Internet Invitations! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them by email with these fun Internet Invitations. They are always fun & FREE!
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National Peking Duck Day is celebrated annually on January 18th in the United States.
Above we learned about National Peking Duck Day but did you know that January has many more holidays and observances just waiting for you to celebrate? Yep! Just follow our links to learn all about them.
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