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Easy, quick Chinese Aromatic Duck with pancakes (cheat)

Easy, quick Chinese Aromatic Duck with pancakes (cheat)

Posted on 11 September 2014 by admin

OK so this is not the Peking crispy duck you will get in Chinatown from one of those restaurants with whole ducks hanging in the window, the ones that have been steamed, marinated and fried and have taken two days of preparation to get to your plate, But its damn good and as close as your going to get on a Tuesday night when you fancy something flavorsome and out of the ordinary.

Also unless you have a Chinese supermarket nearby a lot of the ingredients can be hard to find, for example the pancakes, here I substitute the pancakes with more easily available tortillas, it can also work with small pitta bread, but if you are lucky enough to have a shop nearby that sells the original pancakes, then all the better.

Actually the secret of this recipe, and the star of the show is the sauce. I can remember the first time I had Peking crispy duck and pancakes in a restaurant in Gerrard Street in London, the waitress taught us how to make the pancakes and after tasting the sauce I had to call her over and ask what it was, for years I have experimented mixing Hoisin and Plum Sauces together, but never actually perfected that first taste until I tried the Gressingham’s version.

So, as a Chinese starter that will impress the most foodie of foodies, and knocked up in no time this recipe and the sauce is a must have weapon in the cupboard.

Chinese Duck & Pancakes

Chinese Duck & Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:
Duck (legs or breast or even a whole duck if your feeding the masses)
Chinese 5 spice
Spring Onions
Cucumber
Pancakes
Gressingham Plum & Hoisin sauce.

Duck & Pancakes

Duck & Pancakes

Method:

Depending on what Duck you are using prick the duck and season with the 5 spice, If using breast pan fry and then roast, if using legs or a jointed whole duck simply roast.
For the last 5 minutes turn the oven to full grill and crisp off the skin.

Slice the cucumber and spring onion into even strips, and microwave the fajitas (or if you are lucky enough to have the real mccoy – steam the Chinese pancakes.

Shred the duck and serve with the sauce.

Crispy Aromatic Duck & Pancakes

Crispy Aromatic Duck & Pancakes

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Stir fry onions and garlic

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Sweet chilli and spring onion fried rice.

Posted on 28 July 2010 by admin

Sweet chilli and spring onion fried rice

Sweet chilli and spring onion fried rice

Simple and quick tasy rice dish ideal for using up left over rice from the night before or just a way of spicing up plain old boiled rice.

Ingredients;
1 cup of plain boiled rice (cooled down)
Bunch of spring onions
Few cloves of garlic
2 tsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp chinese 5 spice
Sesame oil
Vegetable oil

Method:
Heat a 50/50 mixture of veg oil and sesame oil in a wok and stir fry the chopped spring onion and the garlic.

Stir fry onions and garlic

Stir fry onions and garlic

Add the rice and fry until warmed through.
Mix in the soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to taste.

Enjoy…..

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Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

Posted on 22 June 2010 by admin

Perfect for the barbecue or simply grill and serve as a starter

Ingredients;

For the marinade
120ml (8tbsp) soy sauce
2tsp toasted sesame oil
2tbsp orange juice
3cm (1in) piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 large skinless chicken breasts
24 wooden skewers
2tsp sesame seeds
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For the dipping sauce
100ml (4fl oz) soy sauce
3cm (1in) piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 spring onions, finely chopped

Method:

1. Place all the marinade ingredients in a pan (except the chicken, skewers and sesame seeds) and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and cool.
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2. Cut each chicken breast into 6 long strips and thread onto skewers, place in a shallow non-metallic container. Pour the soy mixture over the chicken pieces and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
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3. Make the dipping sauce by mixing the soy, ginger and one spring onion. Pour into a shallow serving bowl. Finely slice the other spring onion.
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4. Preheat grill to high and cook the meat for 3 minutes each side, basting with the marinade as you turn them over. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and spring onions, serve with the dip.

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Egg Fried Rice

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Egg Fried Rice

Posted on 18 June 2010 by admin

Basic simple egg fried rice recipe use as a base to make any type of fried rice recipe.

Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice

Ingredients:
cooked rice
eggs
soy sauce
sweetcorn

Method:
Beat the eggs and fry like an ommlette add a dash of soy sauce and break egg up into little chunks.
Add the cooked rice and another dash of soy sauce, once thoroughly mixed then add sweetcorn and any other pre cooked ingredients.

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