Easy duck and hoisin pancakes

This Chinese classic is everyone’s favourite when ordering take-out. Making Peking duck however is a really finicky job. Michael Diacono makes this easy recipe that lacks nothing in flavour and can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. 

Easy duck and hoisin pancakes


  • 4 duck breasts, skin removed
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 100ml hoisin sauce
  • 8-10 ready-made Chinese-style pancakes, warmed
  • 1 bunch spring onions, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cucumber, halved, seeds removed and cut into matchsticks


  1. Cut the duck into thin strips and toss in the five spice and pepper.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan or wok and add the duck.
  3. Stir-fry for 3-4 mins until cooked through,
  4. Add the hoisin sauce and continue to cook for approx. 1 min, until the duck is thickly coated with the sauce.
  5. Transfer the duck to a warmed dish.
  6. Chop the spring onions into matchsticks. Remove the seeds from the cucumber and cut into matchsticks. Arrange on a plate.
  7. Warm the pancakes and serve separately so that everyone can serve themselves.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 13 May, 2016. 

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