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(Idol News) Jaejoong in ELLE JAPON Magazine’s Preorders are SOLD OUT!!

12 Feb

Jaejoong in ELLE JAPON Magazine’s Preorders are SOLD OUT!!

Source : CD Japan
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(Idol News) KEPA Does NOT List TVXQ as Artist under SM Entertainment

12 Feb

KEPA Does NOT List TVXQ as Artist under SM Entertainment

Korean Entertainment Producers Association (K.E.P.A.) does not list TVXQ, 동방신기, or 東方神起 as artists in SM Entertainment. The members of TVXQ2 are registered individually, not as the group “TVXQ.”

I can’t help but wonder why SME has not registered Yunho and Changmin as “동방신기” when they claim that the name belongs to them.

Source: KEPA

Credits: hopeforjyj

Since SM doesn’t own the rights for the name TVXQ, only the chinese characters. I think they are doing this to avoid legal problems in the future.

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(Info) Cassiopeia and Korean Fansites

12 Feb

Cassiopeia and Korean Fansites
There are five main Korean fansites: DNBN, Yuerubi (유애루비), Ikadong (이카동), DC TVXQ gall, Telzone.

Before I explain the differences between these fansites, let me make one point clear first.

Cassiopeia, as used in fandom vernacular, stands for all fans that support TVXQ.

(Although to be an official Cassie, you must join the fanclub which is operated by SM.)

Therefore Cassiopeia includes all fansites that are in existence.

Now let me address the differences between fansites.

1. DNBN

DNBN is one of the most representative Korean fansites. Until recently, they supported all five members.

However, they changed their stance since 2-member TVXQ’s comeback. To read their current stance, please visit http://www.dnbn.pe.kr. *

2. Yuerubi (유애루비)

Yuerubi is the biggest fansite, having nearly 750,000 members.

Among major Korean fansites, Yuerubi is the only site that still supports all five members.

The age of the members are rather young compared to other sites. Yuaerubi’s daily traffic has gone down significantly in recent years so its large membership is deceiving of actual fandom climate.

3. Ikadong (이카동)

Ikadong was the first site to change their stance. Now they support JYJ. *

Only Noona fans who are over 20 years old are allowed to join.

Ikadong has about 30,000 members.

4. DC TVXQ gall

DC is well known for their aggressive style.

Like DNBN, they changed their stance recently after 2-member TVXQ’s comeback. *

DC is the most active site of all, having thousands of people come and go everyday.

(DC also has a JYJ gall, but this gall was made to kick out the original members out of TVXQ gall. Be careful! DC’s JYJ gall is not made by real JYJ fans but Hotel girls.)

5. Telzone.

Telzone has two separate galls.

(1) TVXQ gall

TVXQ gall supports HM. This is where the “Hotel girls” usually gather.

Rumors about JYJ are made and spread here.

(2) JYJ gall

Because TVXQ gall no longer supports JYJ, Noona fans created a new gall for JYJ. Even though it’s a newer gall, the amount of traffic that JYJ gall has is usually ranked no. 1 on Daum for web traffic and activeness.

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(Idol News) Katty Perry Attract Netizens attention over her comment to chItty chItty Bang BANG

12 Feb

Katty Perry Attract Netizens attention over her comment to chItty chItty Bang BANG

Top US singer Katy Perry caught many kpop fans attention when she said something on her twitter about the song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sung by one of Korea’s singer Lee Hyori. We all know that there is only one Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song in the world right?

Katy Perry said on her twitter “ That Chitty bang bang song is the most egotistical lyric I have heard in a long time” with an additional hashtag # Isn’ttheresomethingelseyoucanspitabout? and #same.
Though the tweet is already a year ago and was just revealed and notice just now, it still bug the netizens and said “I think the same as Katy Perry” and some even said “Then Katy Perry should listen to GD and TOP’s Knock Out music video”
Well my reaction is, Katy Perry listening to KPOP? Surprise much!
So what do you guys think? You’ll agree or dis agree to Katy Perry?

Note: egotistical – self centered, conceited, boastful
Source:Money Today

Moroccan dresses for women : “Caftan and Takchita”

12 Feb

I would like to present you the traditional dresses of Morocco for women !! We call them “caftan” or “takchita” !

A beautiful dress for every woman wishing to distinguish, or even a thousand lights sparkle and inflame the desire among others.

However, the caftan was originally a men’s clothing, men were distinguished by increasing it, especially if it was a caftan embroidered in gold or silver thread, then, the habit was the man!

But, little by little, women have captured the caftan, making this habit distinguished emblem of their beauty.

Even if the caftan took his fame in Morocco, history shows that its origins well worldwide. The Ottomans and the Russians wore embroidered caftans, especially on the front and sleeves. Sultan Sulaiman had the magnificent port itself. And although expensive caftans were offered the most significant and important victory of the day.

The art of caftans rises towards the second half of the seventeenth with tissue type Selimiye with wide vertical stripes and sumptuous and detailed embroidery. The fabrics were produced in Turkey, Italy, India and China. These fabrics with names such as bürümcük, aba, Canfer, gatma, Gezi, diba, kutnu, kemha, serasera; indeed, some of these names are still used in Morocco (kemha pronounced kemkha).

It is now in Morocco found that the caftan its charm. Object of different creations day after day, the caftan is the soul of authenticity. Indeed, the whole world began to recognize its beauty, all with events like Caftan Maroc sees the competition between charming Moroccan and foreign designers to offer the best of their innovative talent, which is also the best top clothe models in the world, delighted, this beautiful gift of history.

(Drama) Iljimae

12 Feb

ILJIMAE

Details
Title: 일지매 (一枝梅) / Iljimae
Genre: Historical Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2008-May-21 to 2008-Jul-24
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Related Series: The Return of Iljimae, Il-Ji-Mae. Guai Xia Yi Zhi Mei

Cast
Lee Jun Ki as Iljimae / Yong / Lee Geom
Yeo Jin Goo as Geom (child)
Han Hyo Joo as Eun Chae
Kim Yoo Jung as Eun Chae (child)
Lee Young Ah as Bong Soon
Jung Da Bin as Bong Soon (child)
Park Shi Hoo as Shi Hoo / Ja Dol
Lee David as Ja Dol (teen)

Synopsis
Iljimae is a mysterious, black-swathed thief who robs from corrupt government officials and gives to the poor. He steals not only material treasures but also people, be they wrongfully held prisoners or criminals hiding from judgment. At the scene of each robbery, he leaves a small painting of a branch of red plum blossoms called a “mae hwa”. (His name reflects this act: il means “one”, ji means “branch” and mae means “plum tree”.) The citizens support Iljimae while the king and the nobility try to catch him and find his identity.

Gyeom (겸) is the son of a virtuous nobleman Lee Won Ho (이원호), a trustworthy supporter and brother to the king and a central member of the secret organization Cheonwoohoe, composed of important nobles and with the king as their leader. He lives peacefully in a house with many plum trees with his wife, daughter, and son. However, the king has a conversation with a blind man, who tells fortunes. Looking out at Lee Won Ho’s home, the blind man states that he sees a person who is as bright as the sun, and will be adored by the people. The king kills Lee Won Ho as he believes that ‘two suns cannot exist on the same sky’. Gyeom witnesses the incident from the inside of a safe where his father hid him. Later, he is saved and adopted by a retired thief, Soe Dol (쇠돌), after he becomes stricken with amnesia due to the shock of losing his father and being forced to throw a rock at his mother’s head to prove that he was not the son. 13 years later, Gyeom, now called Yong (용), starts to regain his memories and begins to search for his older sister, Yeon (연), only to see her being sentenced and hanged.

The murder of his older sister leaves Gyeom seeking revenge. With the emblem on the killer’s sword he remembers from 13 years ago his only clue, he swears that he will find the one who killed his father and murdered his older sister. To find the sword and its owner, he disguises himself as Iljimae and breaks into the nobles’ estates. During the course of his actions, he winds up fighting not only for himself, but also for the people; and so he becomes a fighter for the common people, jumping into action whenever the people are oppressed and wrongly exploited for the sake of the nobles, thus becoming adored by the people and one villager goes far enough to state “He is our sun!”. At the core of his motives though, he still desires to find the person who destroyed his family, and bring justice to them.

Source : en.wikipedia.org
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(Film) Try to Remember

12 Feb

Try to Remember

Profile
Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/25
Genre : Romance
Duration : 100min
Director : Lim Jin-pyeong
Cast : Yoon Soy, Park Jae-jeong, Ma Dong-seok, Jeong Man-sik, Park Won-sang, Ki Se-hyeong

Brief Synopsis
Formerly known as “Forever with You”, Geu-dae-wa Yeong-won-hi). A man and a woman, despite hardly met before, they have been suffering the same dream and the same deja vu. A magnetic force leads them to Andong, the historic elegant city, and they find the anonymous woman’s 450 year-old letter in a museum. A fantastic melodrama about love transcending time and space. This is a fantasy romance between Eun-gyo, who strangely felt a déjà vu in Andong, and In-woo, who felt an unknown sadness after he read a letter of a woman in 450 years-old grave.

Source http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr

( Learn korean ) Korean Musical Instruments

12 Feb

The Korean people with excellent cultural heritage have created various kinds of musical instruments. The musical instruments recorded in the chronicles and documents from the primitive age up to now amount to 100 in its kinds.

Introduced here are some representative instruments:

Kayagum:-

[Kayagum]

Kayagum (Fillip instrument) is one of the most representative national instruments of Korea.

It was invented by Uruk 1,400 years ago (6th century, AD). He was born in the Kaya Era and distinguished himself as a talented musician and a famous composer.

Above all, he was an expert Kayagum player and devoted all his life to the development of music in Korea through musical composition and the training of Kayagum players, and made efforts to further develop it as a music instrument.

Kayagum is often compared with Japanese Koto, but it is quite different from Koto in the following points;

Firstly, during play the head of Kayagum should be placed on the lap of its player and its tail on the floor.

Secondly, the way of strumming to strings is almost the same as with Japanese Koto. But Koto is played with artificial nails, and Kayagum is played with bare fingers.

So it can fully express emotions, and the tone is very close to human voice. The sound is so delicate and soft that it can express well the character of Korean music.

Developed by the disciples of inventor Uruk, Kayagum music took further strides in the 19th century.

Kim Chang Jo, well known Kayagum player and composer, originated a Kayagum concerto, Kayagum Sanjo.

Kayagum Sanjo influenced Choktae (Korean flute), Tanso (Korean recorder), Komungo (string harp), and their respective Sanjo were created, making a great contribution to the development of traditional Korean music.

The strings of Kayagum were increased to 19 or 21 from the original 12 strings as a result of several reforms.

Moreover, it made Kayagum express any complicated sound through the introduction of various styles of rendition such as Tremolo and Arpeggio, in addition to the former technique of Rohyon (to produce a variety of sound by pressing strings by the left palm.)

There are various way of playing Kayagum including solo, duet, trio.

Besides, single-while playing Kayagum by a group of 12 women started in the difficult days of the Korean War (1950-53), a vocal solo and a group of women who sing while playing Kayagum, and so fourth.

In the course of its development, grand-Kayagum, an octave lower than Kayagum, was invented, which plays an active part as a low sound string instrument.

Silla-gum, which is preserved in Nara, Japan, was originally Kayagum. But it is shaped a little different from what it is.

Apart from the body, Yang Gak or a sheep’s horn is attached to the tail, and the ends of strings are fixed there.

The name of Silla-gum derives from the historical fact that the instrument was brought to Japan after Silla’s conquest of Kaya.

The traditional Kayagum is one of the most cherished and loved national instruments of Korea.

Yanggum:-

[Yanggum]

Yanggum is a percussion string instrument which is sounded by Chae (bamboo-made, thin plectra).

The name Yanggum means the Western harp. This kind of instruments are wide spread in the world as traditional national instruments, and were introduced into the professional music of circles of Korea in the 18th century.

Yanggum was also introduced into Japan at the end of Edo period, but it didn’t see any further progress.

Most traditional string instrument of Korea use silk strings, but it uses steel strings. So it is also called Chol Sa Gum (Chol means iron; Sa means string; Gum means harp.)

Yanggum may be called a forerunner of the present-day piano. In the former, parallel strings are strung by two small plectra, while the latter has a keyboard of which the keys operates on the hammers to strike the strings.

In the early days, Yanggum had 14 major keys (1 major key has 4 strings), but the sound range now increased to 25 or 26 major keys.

In addition, it can play all the 12 tones by moving the 4 bridges freely. Yanggum is played in a unique style of rendition.

Firstly, it can play rhythmical, strained composition easily. Secondly, it is very effective for such renditions as tremolo and arpeggio and the power of rendition is rich enough to play altered chord in a concert.

Recently it has been equipped with a pedal (sound buffer device) as well, as a result of repeated improvements.

Mainly, for the purpose of rendition in concerts, Yanggum has been developed into a grand-Yanggum. This grand Yanggum is the same as respects in the body, strings, and spaces between strings.

The grand-Yanggum is for low bass. It was not until the 18th century that Yanggum was imported into Korea by Hong Dae Yong who was known as a member of the Silla school of practical learning.

Yanggum has a very soft and clear in sound, and may be called a versatile instruments.

Today Yanggum is widely played in solo, duet, and in orchestras because of its great compass and penetrating sound.

Tanso:-

[Tamso]

Tanso is made up of 2 words. Tan means short and so is a generic term for wind instruments.

Tanso is a most popular Korean wind instrument together with other so, Tongso (Korean Flute).

Formerly, it was made of bamboo, but now it is made of synthetic resin as a result of several innovations.

The sound is clear and beautiful with its emotional, penetrating timbre. The sound is wide and soft in the law range; bright and beautiful in the mid-range; penetrating in the high range.

Tanso came to be played after the middle of the 15th century, and it was especially favored by woodcutters for this clear sound.

Originally, it had 4 holes in the front, and one hole in the back, and rendition was confined to heptachord compositions.

Therefore, in the Li dynasty, Tanso was played in combination with several Tansoes with a different pitch, according to musical compositions.

With not only 3 holes in the front body, but also a half tome device and a key for correct sound added, it came to be able to play any musical compositions.

Tanso is a basic instrument for the high range in the composition of traditional wind and string instruments, and is mostly used to play melodies in rendition.

It permits various ways of rendition ranging from trill, producing neighboring sounds alternately in succession, adding grace, richness and brightness to the melodies played by other instrument, giving unique sound to traditional wind and string instrument.

Tanso is played in solos, duets, as an accompaniment to vocal performances and orchestras.

The treble Tanso is made to increase the sound range of Tanso and is somewhat smaller and one octave higher than Tanso.

Choktae:-

[Choktae]

In Korean version, a recorder is called So among no-reed instruments of the wood wind section while a flute called Cho.

Choktae (representative Korean flute) has an embouchure, 6 holes for sound and one more holes as a half tone device.

There are 3 kinds of Choktae — Tae Ham (big flute), Chung Ham (middle flute) and So Ham (small flute).

All these three kinds have been known as Sam Chuk (three wind instruments of bamboo) and are specially cherished by Korean people.

Choktae is played in the following way; its head is put to the mouth of the player parallel; and air inbreathed into the embouchure; fingering on the holes involving pitch and timbre fluctuations, but most notable is the rendition of Rongum.

Rongum means a rendition with the simultaneous use of the head and shoulders to give traditional color to music.

Choktae made its debut in May 682, according to a record. A legendary episode is told of debut in the world;

Once upon a time a tiny island suddenly appeared in the East Sea of Korea and strange enough, it was shaped like a human head.

One day, a bamboo tree began to grow there and branched off into two in the daytime and united at night.

The king of the country hearing of this, thought it was a sign of good fortune and sent a messenger to get the bamboo to make Choktae.

When a player blew Choktae, the tune was marvelous; ranging waves were calmed down, storms were tamed; rain fell when it was too dry; enemies were routed in battle.

So in the 7th century, it was called Man Pa Shokcho, a treasure to protect the country from danger and sea disasters, and was preserved in a repository under the care of the country.

In the Li dynasty period, Kim Hong Do painted Mu Ak To (a picture of dance and music). In the painting, a concert was drawn with Choktae as the center there.

With a wide sound range, Choktae is known for its conspicuous traditional color.

Most beautiful is its timbre in the middle and high ranges. The low pitch is deep and harmonious, while its high pitch is strong and penetrating.

Choktae is usually made of wood or bamboo elements. It is usually 3cm in diameter, and 70cm in length. The length is in proportion to its thickness.

Hae Gum:-

[Sohaegum]

Haegum is a percussive bow string instrument which is very popular in Korea today.

Hae Gum resembled Chinese Ho Gung in its structure and rendition, but we can find its originality in our traditional Korean climate.

First of all, Hae Gum can be compared to the medieval musical instrument called Fugin, which had been in Korea since before the Christian era, and became an indispensable musical instrument in both court and popular music circles, according to records.

In those days, Song Hyon and other musician wrote Ak Hak Kye Nom (9 vols.) to systematize and typify traditional Korean music, in which they explained the manufacturing process, rendition, and tuning Hae Gum with some illustrations.

Hae Gum is made up of 2 strings and played by a bow with the instrument placed on the player’s knee.

The bow has a string of horse tail hair and is held by the right hand. So, Hae Gum is called the two string harp.

Moreover, it is called Kang Kang I, so named after the peculiar sound from the resonance drum. It sounds like nasal human voice.

Hae Gum has gone through several improvements to remove its nasal sound, so that the strings are now increased to four from two and the fixed strings placed outside.

As improvements were made. rendition has been also studied. Excellent functions like trill, pizzicato in violin rendition have been added to its original form of rendition which the player places the instrument on his knee and springs against.

As a result, it is now capable of a variety of musical expressions, including this rich timbre of traditional Korean music and delicate expressions like Rong Um.

There are a great many concerto compositions for Hae Gum, like Hae Gum Sanjo, in addition to folk song compositions, and many excellent Hae Gum players have been produced since old days.

Ari-rang and Pibada Song played by Hae Gum together with other musical instruments are especially popular today.

There are several kinds of Hae Gum, and actually Hae Gum now in popular use in So Hae Gum (small Hae Gum).

In the DPRK, great efforts were made after the liberation to develop traditional orchestra music in the process of promoting duets and trios of traditional musical instruments.

In this process, Chung (middle) Hae Gum for middle pitch, Cho (low) Hae Gum for low pitch, and Tae (grand) Hae Gum for low bass in string instruments are invented.

Senap:-

[Senap]

Piri and Senap are well-known double reed-wood wind instruments among traditional Korean musical instruments.

Senap distinguished itself from the other instruments in its volume. Senap is also called Tae Pyong So or Nal Ra Ri.

Nal Ra Ri, another name of Senap, is named after its sound, and the name is more popular among the public.

Senap came to be popular among the people around the 13th century, according to records.

There are following passage on Senap in An Authentic Record of King Tae Jo : … One of them often played so (generic term for wind instruments), an instrument called Tae Pyong So. Moreover, Chong Dong Mu, famous poet mentions this instrument in one of his poems.

Senap, is generally a wind instrument with a copper-made trumpet attached to the wooden tube.

Senap was originally used by military bands, and by and by spread to the public.

As it was widely spread, its cheerful and optimistic sound was introduced into Nong Ak (farmer?s music) and become an indispensable sole melodic instrument. Nong Ak is a kind of music which is played in festivals to celebrate the year’s good harvest, and to express thanks to farmers’ labor after autumn harvest.

Nong Ak bands, with Senap in the ban of percussive traditional musical instruments such as Megu, Kenggari, and Changgo, gather from villagers to celebrate a good harvest.

Old farmers say that the timbre of Senap told them about the result of the year’s harvest.

If the timbre was very cheerful and colorful, they would have a good harvest, and a bad harvest if the timber sounded sorrowful.

Senap is characterized by its large sound volume and its tone color, so it is played effectively in solo or ensemble.

The latter part of the orchestra Chong San-ri Always Enjoy Bumper Crop gives full play to this instrument.

It is especially effective in F major key and D minor key. Chang (long) Se Senap was developed from Senap with its won unique features retained.

A reed was added for a correct half-tone and, the tube lengthened, and the trumpet made smaller.

As a result, its sound range became wider and the timber softer than before to produce a rich emotional timbre.

It came to be able to play appealing musical compositions for festive occasions effectively with its rich power of expression.

Piri:-

[Piri]

Among double-reed recorders in the traditional Korean musical instruments, the most popular brass wind instrument is Senap and Piri in the wood wind section.

According to records, Piri came into being earlier than Senap, and was especially loved by Korean people from before the Christian era.

Piri is the generic term of recorders and flutes, that is, of those which are composed of a bamboo bar (synthetic resin or other materials) with some holes, which is sounded by the player’s breath, and became favorite instruments of the Korean people.

Piri has several different kinds of from the beginning and most representative among them are Hyang Piri, Se Piri, Tang Piri.

Hyang Piri, Se (thin) Piri and Tang (Chinese) Piri are very similar to each other in appearance and the principle of sounding.

They have 7 holes in front and one hole in the back side. Musical intervals or sound like Ronum (traditional Korean rendition) can be adjusted by the way the reed is held in the mouth or by the tongue.

Of them, Hyang Piri produces very sharp sound, and very effective for clear melodies in concert.

Se Piri is the most representative instrument of the three kinds of Piris, and a little smaller and thinner than Hyang Piri.

Se Piri ranks first in its power of expression compared with their traditional instruments. Moreover the timbre is close to human voice (rather man’s voice), and is so attractive to people’s mind.

While, Tang Piri was named after its origin, Tang dynasty China distinguish itself from the other Piris as Hyang Piri and Se Piri.

It is almost the same as the two other Piris, in appearance as well as rendition, but is a bit thicker than the other two Piris.

According to records, 20 pieces of Tang Piri were introduced into Korea in June 1, 114.

Piri is played widely not only in sole but also in duet and concert with other string instruments and as accompaniment to folk songs because it is easy to adjust its volume, and can be played easily in harmony with other instruments.

After the liberation of Korea from Japan, Piri has undergone several reforms like other traditional instruments, and Small Piri, Middle Piri, Big Piri and Law Range Piri has been newly added to its original form.

Small Piri and Middle are often played in solo for folk songs and for dances.

Tae (big) Piri is played mainly in concert. These Piris is played mainly in concert. These Piris that have gone through several reforms distinguished themselves from other instruments by their diverse ad unique ways of expression.

source:-  http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55a/176.html

(CTS) Peking Ducks Recipe

12 Feb

Peking Ducks Recipe

Ingredients

1 Peking duck 4 1/2 to 5 lbs head intact
6 cups Water
1 teaspoon Honey
4 tablespoons Rice wine
2 tablespoons White vinegar
5 tablespoons Cornstarch slurry mixed with water
Vegetable oil
Pancakes:
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Boiling water
1 tablespoon Cold water
Sesame oil
Scallion brushes and Hoisin sauce as accompaniments
Method

1. Remove wing tips and feet from duck. Neck skin should be intact with only a tiny hole made about 2 inches above the base of the neck. Remove cavity fat and discard. Rinse the duck and massage the entire body by rubbing the skin back and forth, loosening it from the meat. Make sure skin is not punctured. Insert a bicycle pump hose into the neck hole. Keep cavity closed as you pump air into the duck — inflating it until the skin is taut, rubbing and rolling the skin as it is being inflated to distribute air evenly. Insert a meat hook through the neck bone and hang to dry, in a cool place, for 1 hour.
2. In a wok combine the boiling water, honey, rice wine, white vinegar, and cornstarch slurry, and stir until lightly thickened. Hold the duck by the hook and dip it in and out of the boiling water, turning it from side to side, while ladling water over the skin. Do this until the skin is well coated, about 1 minute. Then hang duck up to dry for at least 12 hours or overnight in a draft near a window or other breezy place, spreading paper on floor to catch drippings. If no cool area is available, hang duck from back of a chair and blow a fan on it for several hours. (Alternatively, set duck, unwrapped, on a rack with a pan underneath to catch drippings. Refrigerate, turning occasionally.)
3. If your oven is large and tall, remove all racks except the top one. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
4. Cover a large pan with aluminum foil to reflect heat and to catch drippings and place the pan in the bottom of the oven. Hook the duck vertically over the top rack in the center of the oven over the drip pan. Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and roast for 1 1/4 hours.
5. For the pancakes: Mix the flour with the boiling water until combined, and add 1 tablespoon cold water to mixture. Knead the dough for 4 minutes, or until soft and smooth. Let it rest for 30 minutes, covered with a bowl.
6. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and knead it until smooth. Roll one portion into a 16-inch log and divide it into 16 pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough. Take each piece and stand it upright on the heel of your hand, round off the dough and then flatten it with your other hand into a circle 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Paint surface of half of the pieces with pastry brush dipped in sesame oil; place remaining pieces on the oiled pieces, making 16 pairs.
7. Using rolling pin roll the pairs into thin pancakes about 6 to 6 1/4 inches in diameter, rotating circles frequently to insure even thickness.

8. Heat an unoiled frying pan until hot. Add 1 pair of cakes and fry 1 minute or until light brown spots appear underneath. Lift up the edges to check for spots. Turn them over and allow them to puff up, indicating they are done. Separate each pair into 2 pancakes. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
9. Transfer the pancakes to a steamer and steam them for 5 to 10 minutes.
10. To finish the duck: Put the duck in a wok with 4 to 6-inches of oil, heated to 375 degrees. Ladle the oil over duck. Cook the duck in this fashion for 2 1/2 minutes per side to crisp the skin. Put the duck on a cutting board. Disjoint the wings and drumsticks and place them apart at either end of serving platter, outlining the form of a whole duck. With a razor-sharp knife carve the skin on the duck with a very thin layer of meat, trying to make slices as large as possible. Transfer them to the platter. Remove all the meat from the carcass and cut it into strips about 1 to 2 inches long. Arrange the meat strips in center of platter and then cut the strips of skin crosswise into comparable pieces. Lay these over meat.

Source : therecipeworks.com