Also known as guihua duck, yanshui duck is a famous dish in Nanjing cuisine. The dish is said to have a history of more than 2,500. This recipe will help you to recreate the famously salty dish at home.


  • 2 duck legs
  • 50g salt
  • ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 pcs. star anise
  • 10g prickly ash

The Steps

  1. Clean the duck leg. Use napkin to ensure the leg is completely dry and a toothpick to prick the skin and meat. Massage the salt into the duck.
  2. Heat up a wok. Add the salt, prickly ash and star anise to the pan and stir-fry until they turn yellow. Remove the seasonings and set them aside for later use.
  3. Place the duck into a container, wrap it in plastic and store it in a refrigerator for 24-48 hours.
  4. Heat a pot and add the duck leg, ginger, garlic and scallions.
  5. Add two spoons of Chinese cooking wine and boil for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the duck and set it aside. Allow it to cool to room temperature before cutting it into small pieces. Serve at room temperature.
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