History and Culture of Duck Roasting
The history of duck roasting can be traced back to as early as the Yuan Dynasty when it was listed among the imperial dishes. It gained widespread acclaim as a prized delicacy during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Emperor Qian Long and Dowager CiXi have always enjoyed a vast variety of roast duck. The premier Zhou En Lai, a great fan of roast duck, never failed to introduce this delicacy to his foreign counterparts. Till today, this delicacy has won praises from former US president Bill Clinton and the Bush presidential family during their visits to China.
Origin of Herbal Roast Duck
The applications of Chinese Herbs have evolved over thousands of years. In fact, it has become a distinctive culture heritage of the Chinese. It was said that combining herbs with roast duck was the brainchild of a Xiao Er (Waiter) in a roast duck restaurant. It started out as an attempt to help his bedridden master on the route to recovery. After a few feeding sessions, the master showed remarkable improvements in his condition, making a speedy recovery and even emerged stronger than before. From then on, Herbal Roast Duck became the specialty of the restaurant.
What’s so special about our Herbal Roast Duck?
We choose Cherry Valley ducks of the finest quality; naturally breed off the lakeside. We take great care in the selections & preparation of our ingredients. Our ducks are prepared and freshly roasted daily. The ducks are first marinated with a myriad of herbs and spices for hours, thereafter roasted with appropriate temperature to keep them from drying out in the oven. A duck roasted in this manner is crisp to the touch and golden brown in appearance; its flesh is both tender and juicy together with an overwhelming herbs fragrance. It is definitely a mouth- watering temptation impossible to resist. Truly sensational!
Duck meat has a nutritional make-up that still surprises most people. Lean Duck has 25% more protein than other poultry, high in vitamin B (helps metabolism) and Vitamin E (slows ageing). There is a growing demand for duck meat these years as it is a good source of Protein, Iron, Niacin and Selenium. It is also low in Saturated Fat. Moreover, it helps to reduce body heat, enabling a stronger mind and body as a whole.