If there is one dish I have made this year that I have been worried about – its this one! It felt like a challenge, something a bit technical – that we usually leave to the experts to do in our local Chinese. Tender succulent shredded duck, with crispy skin we all fight over! Sounds like a hard task doesn’t it? But, it’s not! Far from it infact, this was one of the easiest ‘impressive’ meals Ive whipped up in a long time.
- 1 Large Free Range Duck ( Mine was 2.2kg )
- Five Spice
- Rock Salt
- Hoisin Sauce ( yes I know I should have made my own.... next time! )
- 1/2 Cucumber
- Bunch of Sping Onions
- Chinese Pancakes ( I bought mine at the local Chinese Supermarket )
- Preheat ( fan ) oven to 180c
- Generously rub your duck all over with rock salt. Legs, wings, breast - even inside the cavity please!
- Freely sprinkle the duck with Five Spice - plenty of it. You couldn't see too much of the skin by the time I was finished.
- Place the duck onto a rack on top of your roasting tray. You wont believe how much fat is gonna come outta this bird!
- Pop the duck into the preheated oven, checking after 1hr30. Especially if your duck is a bit smaller than mine. To check the duck I insert a fork into the breast meat and turned. If the meat easily shreds its ready. My duck took 2hours - inlcuing a short burst of 15 minutes at 200c to crisp the skin. Remove from the oven and cover. Leave for 10minutes.
- Finely slice the cucumber & spring onions into strips. And place into a serving bowl.
- Shred the slightly cooled duck with two forks. Including the skin - it should be crispy and full of flavour.
- Heat your pancakes - ideally in a steamer. But I microwaved mine for 30 secs and then covered with a tea towel and they were great!
- All is ready! Layer up your pancakes with hoisin sauce, cucumber, spring onion & shredded duck - and enjoy!
This is something that I am pleased to say is now firmly in my repertoire. If you are coming round for dinner – this is going to be our starter ok 😉 And dont you dare tell anyone how easy it was!
Do you have any easy, yet impressive dishes up your sleeves? Id love to hear about them! In the mean time, give this a go – its awesome ♥