This was probably the biggest hit in at my Chinese New Year’s party. For those of you who have never had duck before, it will be a life-altering revelation on the world of poultry. Previously the only poultry I really had any experience with was chicken and turkey. Personally, I am really not a fan of either. Despite the most heroic of efforts, the Thanksgiving turkey is often dry and bland. The same generally holds true of chicken. Really my favorite chicken recipes are ones that bury the chicken in enough other flavors and fat that you barely notice it. But duck! Oh my! Duck has real fat in it – it has NOT been turned into a lean, almost inedible, mass produced meat product. It actually has flavor!
Per the cookbook Chinese Feasts & Festivals, smoked duck is a specialty of Sichuan and Hunan, two interior provinces of Chinese which often specialize in a more spicy Chinese cuisine. But this dish is not spicy hot. This Chinese style Tea Smoked Duck is tender, rich, and softly scented with a sweet tea aroma.