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Three Shred Duck – 三絲鴨肉

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Today’s recipe is a very Chinese sort of preparation you can use for leftover duck. In many Chinese restaurants specializing in Peking duck, one often gets the skin and some of the meat served as a first course with Mandarin pancakes, the carcass is used to make soup, while the leftover meat is typically shredded and made into a stir-fry.

The meat I am using today actually came from a regular roast duck but it will do nicely here in this typical sort of stir-fry used for Peking Duck leftovers. Since my dish will use julienned celery, carrot and spring onion I am giving it a Chinese name that reflects the preparation. There are three shredded ingredients in addition to the duck, so it will be:  三絲鴨肉, or ‘three shred duck’ …. 

The Ingredients

  • 1/2lb. leftover Duck meat;
  • 1 medium Carrot;
  • 1 stalk Celery;
  • 1 large Scallion;
  • ½ cup Stock (Duck preferred but Chicken stock is fine);
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Wine;
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce;
  • 1 tsp. Cornstarch;
  • 1 tbsp. minced Ginger;
  • 1 tbsp. Flour;

The Method

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Mix the cornstarch with a little water to make a smooth paste and then stir in the stock, rice and and say sauce. Set this aside to use as a sauce mix later.

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Shred the carrot, celery and scallion into long thin matchstick like pieces.

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How the meat gets cut will depend on the type of leftovers you have but try and make the same sort of long ‘shreds’ if possible. The breast meat is best for this. Once you have done this, toss the pieces with the flour and set aside after shaking away any excess.

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Het 1 or 2 cups of oil in a wok and when the oil is shimmering, deep-fry the shreds (ideally in two batches) until they are just getting a little crispy on the surface. Remove from the oil and set aside.

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Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of oil and the sauté the ginger until it gives off its aroma. Add the celery and carrot and stir-fry until barely softened.

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Add the scallion and the duck meat and continue to cook until all is heated through and then stir in the sauce mix. When the sauce is bubbling and thickened, plate and serve immediately.

This is nice over rice or noodles….



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6 thoughts on “Three Shred Duck – 三絲鴨肉

  1. This is something to try next time I make Peking duck. Love that you specify to use duck stock, which is what the remaining leftovers of the duck should be used for indeed.

      1. I have done substantially similar except that I brushed the honey and seasoning after the boiling water treatment… I must try your way. Also, I think I may have not ever left the duck to dry for long enough…

  2. This looks delicious, and something I may actually be able to manage 😉 I’ll definitely have to give it a try, but celery will be an absolute no-go in my house! I wonder if I could use finely sliced bell peppers instead, or maybe even pak choi, though that would obviously effect the overall texture. Experiments to try I think!

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