Tea smoked duck

Tea Smoked Duck With Chinese Pancakes


Tea Smoked Duck

2 duck breasts
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp sea salt
½ cup jasmine tea
½ cup uncooked jasmine rice
½ cup brown sugar
2 star anise, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Chinese Pancakes

300 g (2 cups) plain flour, sifted
185 ml (¾ cup) hot water
2 tbsp sesame oil, for brushing

Cherry Sauce

1 handful cherries, pitted
2 tbsp soy sauce
125 ml (½ cup) water
75 g (⅓ cup) caster sugar
1 cm piece ginger
1 cinnamon quill
2 star anise
2 tsp lemon juice

Borrowed from The Chef's Line

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 1.5 hours


For the tea-smoked duck, using a sharp knife, score the skin of the duck with incisions about 2-3 cm apart.

Toast the fennel seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat until fragrant. When cooled, mix with the salt and pound in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Rub the salt mix over the duck and marinate for 1 hour in the fridge.

Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat, add the duck, skin-side down, and cook for 8 minutes, or until the skin has browned and most of the fat has rendered. Remove the duck from the pan.

Combine the tea, rice and sugar – this is your smoking mixture. Line a wok with three layers of foil and tip in the smoking mixture. Place a wire rack on top of the mixture and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Heat the wok over high heat for 10 minutes or until smoke starts to form. Quickly open the wok, place the duck on the wire rack, return the lid, reduce the heat to medium and smoke the duck for about 20 minutes. Do not open the lid during this time.

Remove the duck, cover in foil and rest for 15 minutes before carving into thin slices.

When cooled, discard the smoking mixture.

For the Chinese pancakes, combine the flour and hot water in a bowl, stirring consistently until the flour clumps (you may not need to add all the water). Carefully form into a ball of dough and set aside until it is cool enough to handle. Knead the dough for 10–15 minutes or until silky smooth. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Tear off chunks of dough to form balls about 2–3 cm in diameter.

Take 2 balls of dough. Brush half of 1 ball with sesame oil and place the other ball on top. Flatten them together with the palm of your hand, making sure to keep their shape as two separate discs. Roll out to form a thin “double” pancake (you want to aim for as thin as you can get, about 2 mm for each pancake). Do not press on the rolling pin too hard or the two discs will fuse. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over low heat. Add a double pancake and cook for 1–2 minutes. When the two pancakes start to separate, flip and cook for another 1 minute. Remove and keep warm under a kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining pancakes. The pancakes should be served immediately or they will harden. If this happens, you can steam for a few minutes to soften.

For the cherry sauce, add all the ingredients to a saucepan, except for the lemon juice, and heat over medium. When the sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the cherries start to break down. Stir in the lemon juice and remove from the heat.

To serve, place the duck, cherry sauce, pancakes and carrot, spring onion and chilli on separate plates and have guests roll their own pancakes.

Contributor: Cam