Summer Sour Plum Duck

夏天的鴨肉料理-梅子鴨

Published: July 8, 2020

I make sour plum wine every summer. It’s one of my essential for a half year long summer in Hong Kong. Sour plums are on local market for a very short period in early summer, so I would purchase plenty and make jars of plum wine. The ingredients for this homemade wine are so simple, lots of sour plums, rock sugar and bottles of fine quality Cantonese rice wine. Just keep them in cool rack for at least 3 months. I would finish one or two jars after 3 months and save the rest for next summer.

Thus there would be plenty of plums left and they are too bitter to eat. Cantonese would not waste any food but create recipes. Such plums can be braised or steamed with fat meat, such as pork, chicken, duck and goose. I usually steamed pork ribs with it. But in order to use more plums, my family would make braised goose or duck. A big whole duck or goose can feed a big family and the sourness and sweetness of the plums could reduce the greasiness of such fat meat. These are my favourite summer dishes.

Look for Japanese plum wine or Chinese plum wine in Asian grocery stores or you could make some by yourself.

Read my other recipe with sour plum – Steamed Pork Ribs with Sour Plum

Ingredients – (for two serving)

  • Duck, medium size, half, head, neck, tail removed, about 800g left, chopped into big chunks (may ask butcher for help)
  • Sour plum, 8
  • Light soy sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Plum wine, 1/2 cup
  • Ginger, 50g, peeled and sliced
  • Thai red chili, 5, optional
  • Sugar and salt

How to do –
1. Sour plums are very soft after soaking in wine for quite a long time so it’s easy to be cored and finely chopped;

2. Heat 1tbsp of oil in hot wok, in medium high heat, pan-fried the duck meat, skin side down, till golden, then flip to the other side, also pan-fried till golden;

3. Put in ginger and chili, stir-fried till fragrant; then put in the plum, also stir-fried till fragrant;

4. Add in 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup of light soy sauce, and 1/2 cup of plum wine. Lid on and bring to boil, then simmer for half an hour in medium heat. Have a taste and you may adjust with a little sugar or salt, the sauce should be a little sweet and sour. Then simmer for 10-30 minutes till duck meat is tender; Reduce the sauce in high heat but make sure you save some sauce, it’s tasty to have with steamed rice;

5. Better serve with a heated small pot and a glass of plum wine on the rocks.

用料

  • 米鸭 中型大小半只,2人份
  • 泡过酒的酸梅 8颗
  • 生抽 半量杯
  • 梅子酒 半量杯
  • 嫩姜 50克
  • 泰椒 5颗
  • 糖、盐 适量

做法

  1. 材料非常简单。梅子酒一般泡三个月至一年。酒喝完后我会把梅子放在一个罐里,再倒一些广东米酒进去密封保存;不能吃辣的朋友可以不放辣椒,放一点会更惹味;姜去皮切大片;鸭肉我一般叫摊主帮忙处理。做菜的话我会用肉鸭,半只是两人份。去头去尾去脖去掉尾部过多的皮和脂肪,头和脖会留以后做高汤,剩下大约800克,剁成大块;
  2. 用8-10颗酸梅。梅子已经泡得很软,划一刀,很容易就能去核,剁成蓉;
  3. 热锅放1汤匙油,鸭肉皮面下锅,中大火煎至金黄出鸭油,再翻面把另一面煎至金黄;
  4. 放入姜片和辣椒炒香;放入梅子蓉颠锅炒均匀;
  5. 放水至几乎没过鸭肉。放半量杯梅子酒和生抽调味,先别急着放糖和盐,梅子和梅子酒都有甜味,待炆煮到汁收半的时候再尝味,再按需要加糖或盐。盖锅盖大火煮沸转中火炆至鸭肉变软,约40分钟,用筷子能够轻易插进去就可以了;夏
  6. 大火收汁,也不需要收得太干,留一点汁酱拌饭才是;
  7. 可以烧热一个小锅来上菜。
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Summer Sour Plum Duck

夏天的鴨肉料理-梅子鴨

Preparation time: 1h
Serving: 2

Ingredients

duck meat 800g

sour plum 8

light soy sauce 1/2cup

plum wine 1/2cup

ginger 50g

Thai red chili 5

Instructions

1.Sour plums cored and finely chopped;

2.Heat 1tbsp of oil in hot wok, in medium high heat, pan-fried the duck meat, skin side down, till golden, then flip to the other side, also pan-fried till golden;

3.Put in ginger and chili, stir-fried till fragrant; then put in the plum, also stir-fried till fragrant;

4.Add in 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup of light soy sauce, and 1/2 cup of plum wine. Lid on and bring to boil, then simmer for half an hour in medium heat. Have a taste and you may adjust with a little sugar or salt, the sauce should be a little sweet and sour. Then simmer for 10-30 minutes till duck meat is tender; Reduce the sauce in high heat but make sure you save some sauce, it’s tasty to have with steamed rice;

5.Better serve with a heated small pot and a glass of plum wine on the rocks.

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