Thursday, February 4, 2010

Crispy Skin Duck With Orange And Star Anise Sauce 香橙八角脆皮鴨

I have to say our local supermarket can be a nice refuge when it is boiling hot outside, especially when gourmet food can be found for a discount as high as 70% on the right day! I found some organic duck breasts for $5 per pack and that's $2.50/piece :)  I decided to cook something that I used to eat quite often when I was little, a whole duck was used of course. Almost like a Chinese version of duck a l'orange; the addictive orange and star anise sauce goes really well with the slightly gamey meat and you'll have to try making this to find out what I mean :) You will need plenty of steamed rice to go with this dish.
P.S Keep the rendered duck fat for other use.

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
4 duck breasts, skin lightly scored and marinated with Sichuan pepper salt*
rind of half an orange, finely sliced
1 orange, segmented
1 bunch of Asian greens of your choice, lightly saute with a little salt just before serving
spring onions for garnish
* for Sichuan pepper and salt, crush 2 tbs of toasted Sichuan pepper corn with 2 tbs of salt

for the sauce;
juice of 2 oranges*
1 tsp of minced ginger
1/2 cup of chicken stock or water
1 tbs of oyster sauce
3 tbs of light soy
white pepper
2 star anise
* add a little sugar if the oranges you are using are on the sour side.
Mix everything in a bowl and set aside

Pan fry duck pieces in batches, skin sides down for 4 minutes then another minute on the other side. Finish in a preheated oven of 180 degress C for 8 minutes, rest for at least 5 minutes and slice.

While the duck is resting simmer sauce ingredients in a pan for 2 minutes, check for seasonings and thicken with a little corn flour solution.

Place some lightly stir fried Asian greens on a plate, arrange the duck pieces on top and pour the sauce over. Garnish with orange segments and spring onions.

Someone can't wait!


  1. I bought some duck breasts yesterday and just drop in to look at the recipe for the Thai duck salad, now you are making my life very difficult to tempt me with this delicious duck dish! I'll toss a coin and let you know my decision later haha!

  2. Oh that crispy skin looks heavenly! I love duck-what a great recipe. I bet it was delicious!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  3. Harriet from CarltonFebruary 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    I love duck but have never cooked before, this looks absolutely to die for! I can imagine how wonderful the sauce is!

  4. Wow what a stunning recipe ! I might have to make this myself. But just one minor quibble, I think this dish would go really well sat atop some....... stir fried noodles with sesame oil !

  5. Mmm the meat looks so tender and the crispy skin, the delicious sauce...I want some now!

  6. love to eat,
    haha this is either your lucky day or unlucky day! I say go with the Thai duck salad and try this another time :)

    Thank you very much! :)

    thank you! It is no different from cooking other meat so you must try.

    haha thanks!

    Mr Noodles ,
    Thanks! I somehow knew you would want some noodles to go with this!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Thanks! Cook some or get some roast duck on rice for your lunch :)

  7. It is true the goodies one can get from the supermarket these days, $2.50/pc is a great steal!!!
    Now I'm craving for duck after seeing this delicious post!

  8. oh yum, looks like a great recipe. well done. you've made me hungry now :-)

  9. This would be wonderful for a dinner party!!

  10. I thought you were doing a restaurant review when I saw the first photo haha! What a great recipe! I got some organic pork with 50% off at my local supermarket too, there are good deals to be found you are right!

  11. damn thats gorgeous! lol

    so which hungry tummy made this???? i am so confused i want to know which one is which :P

  12. what shall I say... very tempting...:-)

  13. CW,
    It was otherwise I would have spent more than the budget allowed!
    Haha thanks!

    Haha thank you!

    I know that!

    Yeah this will easily feed 6 with other dishes.

    Haha thanks! I'll leave the reviews to other blogger :)
    That is a good buy! Otway pork is often on sale too!

    Thank you :)

    Thank you! :)
    Only one tummy cooks, the other just eat :)

    Thank you very much :)

  14. Great deal at the good old C hey!
    Fantastic dish yet again! cheers buddy!

  15. I can see is really very delicious.... anymore for me ?

  16. We are attempting katsu curry tonight but I will have to do the crumbing so wish me luck :)
    This dish looks really good I can see why the certain someone can't wait!

    Vijay xxx

  17. My, my, my that looks supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!

  18. I wish we had such good deals here. Your crispy duck skin reminds me of peking duck, so luxurious eating! :)

  19. I've never cooked with duck but yours look soooo delicious.

  20. fitzboy,
    Yeah the good old C! haha!
    Thanks buddy!

    Thanks darling! Sorry non left!

    Good luck wth that :) You'll be ok!
    Haha thanks!

    Eternally Distracted,
    Haha thanks! That term is great!

    Oh thank you! :) I still miss the wet market in Singapore though!

    Oh you must try cooking it! Thank you! :)

  21. Wow, the duck is heavenly delicious! The meat is so moist, yumm...

  22. that looks amazing...crsipy and golden..pure heaven !! ooh i wish I cld have a slice..its really so mouth watering...sigh

  23. 最愛吃鴨但沒煮過鴨!皮好脆呀!

  24. Do you make all the stuff you photograph? Who gets to eat it?

  25. My goodness! This is my kind of dish! The ducks are perfectly cooked and the sauce sounds absolutely delicious!

  26. Christine,
    Thanks :)

    Haha thanks I wish I have cooked more too!


    Yeah I do cook everything here, my 2 housemates eat it :)

    Oh thanks for the compliments!

  27. อร่อย! อร่อย! อร่อยมาก!
    เป็ด มี ราคา ถูก มาก!

  28. I usually don't eat ducks except Peking Roasted Ducks. And yours looks as inviting as them : ).

  29. Everyday when I come here I can see you cooked very delicious meal. I want to be your neighbour so that I don't need to cook...hehee...

  30. I have never eaten duck before...this looks great!

  31. oh wow another fab recipe love th citrus flavors

  32. Oh my!!! I love duck and this recipe is making me drool...yummy yumm

  33. Des magrets de canard à l'orange est un classique de la cuisine française et letop des bons plats.
    See soon

  34. Looks scrumptious! This is like one of the vietnamese recipes that I cooked before.

  35. I hardly cook duck . I'm just so bad in it. I would rather buy ready cooked ones. But this dish looks so delicious. I think I have to learn to cook more duck dishes now. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Looks so good! I'm a big fan of duck but have never had it cooked this way. Love to try this soon!

  37. oh that duck looks so good. You've managed to get a really crispy skin while keeping the insides so moist. YUM!! I wish my morning coffee tasted like duck now!

  38. I almost overlooked this post, was going to plan an Indian meal after seeing the egg curry but now I want some duck for dinner! Wonderful dish!

  39. muu,
    Haha! ขอบคุณ มาก!

    TasteHongKong ,
    Oh thank you!

    Thank you very much! I thought you'll be doing the cooking! :)

    You must try it! Get some roast duck from the Chinese restaurant for a start!

    Thank you!

    Sarah Naveen ,
    Haha thanks!

    Saveurs et Gourmandises,
    C'est merveilleux ce qui est très similaire au canard l'orange:)

    Thank you! I do remember now :)

    Thank you, is just so much about not over cooking the meat. I have a few more duck recipes will share soon.

    Just a family recipe :) Thanks!

    The key is to render out as much fat as possible then a quick finish in the oven :) coffee with duck flavour mmm :)

    Well this pretty easy but don't abandon your initial plan though :)

  40. Wow what a bargain, and you've done such a fantastic job of cooking the duck, that skin looks perfect. Great flavours too. Top work all round, really!

  41. This looks amazing! Looks like I have to cok duck again!

  42. Doing this for dinner tonight. Can't wait!! Thanks hungry tummies!

  43. Conor,
    Thank you! It was a bargain indeed! :)

    pigpigscorner ,
    Thank you! your lor duck was great!

    Thank you! Let me know how your fare :)

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