:: Mini Aromatic Duck Salads

September 22, 2009 at 7:30 am 5 comments

As you might have guessed, if you are a regular reader of the blog, I have a major thing for zingy Asian food!  It all started when I was a lot younger, when my grandmother bought me a simple Chinese cookbook.  At that stage I had already worked my way through most of the cookbooks in our house but had never tried to cook any sort of Asian food.  Ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, coconut milk, and the rather peculiar looking star anise were all foreign to me, as a curious youngster.  I took it upon myself to become immersed in this little book, being brave and cooking the most strange sounding dishes first, in order to get a taste for the vast landscape of this cuisine.  From fortune cookies to spring rolls, from Thai green curry to sushi, I really gave everything a go and even though they may not have all turned out quite to plan, the process in itself was totally enjoyable and left me with a fascination for Asian culture and recipes.

I have still never been anywhere in Asia and it is my absolute dream to travel, eat and photograph my way across the continent, well maybe that’s a little ambitious, maybe just the main places to start with.  I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but it will, and when it does I want to be ready for it so,  I’m putting together a hit list of places to visit, people to see, and food to eat.  If you have any good suggestions for recipes, stunning places to visit, interesting stories, photos or all of the above, let me know in the comment section or drop me a mail.

Mini Aromatic Duck Salad

This a slightly adapted version of one of my favourite recipes from my cookbook.  It’s fairly similar, the only difference really being that, I serve the salad in mouthful portions on baby gem lettuce leaves here.  Apart from the duck don’t be too concerned about the salad ingredients, anything goes here really, things like bean sprouts, shredded Chinese cabbage, finely sliced snow peas are all perfect also.  You can get amazing aromatic duck breasts in the frozen section at good Chinese supermarkets, which only require roasting time in the oven for delicious results.

Serves 4
2 aromatic duck breasts, cooked and shredded
2 carrots, thinly sliced
6 spring onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
Baby gem lettuce leaves, to serve

3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon of fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the duck, carrots, spring onions, and red pepper to the bowl and toss with the dressing to combine.
Arrange baby gem lettuce leaves on a serving platter and add spoonfuls of the duck salad to them.
Serve straight away, or refrigerate the duck salad and assemble when required.


Entry filed under: carrot, duck, fish sauce, lettuce, lime, red pepper, soy sauce, spring onions.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caroline  |  September 22, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hi! This salad looks great. I absolutely love Asian food and I totally recommend going to Seoul if you want to really good food for very reasonable prices! It seems that food is the main obsession for Koreans..when they are not talking about food, they are either cooking it or eating it! I love that mentality 🙂 I love Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and most other Asian cuisines but Korean food is the one I would pick if I had to chose only one for the rest of my life…I would love to do some food travels in Japan too though..some many fantastic foodie destinations, so little time…argh! 🙂

  • 2. Eating Out Glasgow  |  September 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I ageree with Caroline. I have not been to Seoul but i have been to Thailand and Malaysia and the range of interesting vegtables is mind boggling. I must try more Korean food. I love the Korean cinema so I should make that my next holiday destination. Is it safe?

  • 3. Caroline  |  September 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Korea is very safe and Seoul is much safer than any major European or American cities. For those who want to try to cook Korean at home, this site has lots of good recipes:
    For those going to Seoul, this site has some great restaurant recommendations:
    And I haven't been to Kyoto yet but would love too and I just bookmarked this page that you might find interesting too:

  • 4. buday  |  September 23, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Forget zing. How about fire? 🙂 In the Bicol region of the Philippines (where I'm from), practically everything is cooked with bird's eye chilis and coconut milk (called gata').

    You will never EVER forget the fiery but sweet scrumptiousness of fresh prawns or crabs cooked in coconut milk. Absolute ambrosia, believe me. 🙂

  • 5. buday  |  September 23, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Oh, and Thai food is yummy, too. It's almost similar to Bicol cuisine (sans the coriander/cilantro which the Thais put in everything).

    And Singaporean street food!

    Ok, why don't you just have a book signing over here? 🙂


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