In Search of Perfection (2006–2007)
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In the quest for the perfect Peking duck, Heston first taste tests Peking duck from a local Chinese restaurant against a regular roast duck to see the best characteristics of each. He then ... See full summary »

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In the quest for the perfect Peking duck, Heston first taste tests Peking duck from a local Chinese restaurant against a regular roast duck to see the best characteristics of each. He then travels to the city for which the dish is named, Beijing, where he finds that Peking duck is not just a dish, but part of a ritualized meal using the entire duck. His trip there also focuses his thoughts on the necessary components of the finished duck itself: a crispy thin lacquer colored skin, and a tender flavorful but not fatty meat. The first decision is which type of duck to choose. An important process in a traditional method of preparation is to separate the skin from the flesh before the entire bird is dried to remove as much water as possible. In the actual cooking, Heston runs into what looks to be an insurmountable problem of getting extremely crispy skin without drying out the meat. He resorts to cooking the flesh and the skin separately. Beyond the duck skin served with steamed ... Written by Huggo

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