Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sticky Duck Lettuce Wraps

My sticky duck wraps were inspired by the fact I love Peking Duck but there's no way I'm ordering it from a Chinese for one.  I would eat the whole thing and then probably feel a bit ill!

What I wanted was something tasty, crispy but not deep fried and with a sweet sticky sauce.  You can substitute the sauce for hoi sin if you prefer but the great thing about this sauce is it's from common store cupboard ingredients and, by making it in the microwave, you don't get issues with catching and burning like you would with this quantity in a saucepan.

It is an extravagance putting the oven on for one person but sometimes when the mood takes you, it takes you.  You can always be frugal and cook other things in the oven at the same time and any left over duck is lovely with cold noodles, shredded carrot, cucumber and radish drizzled with sweet chilli sauce for lunch.

Sticky Duck Lettuce Wraps - Serves 1


1 duck leg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder

For the sauce
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp grated ginger (frozen is fine for this if you don't have fresh)
1 tsp runny honey

To serve
Little gem lettuce leaves


Rub the salt and 5 spice onto the duck leg and roast in a 200oC, 400F oven until crispy and cooked through, approx 40-50 minutes.

In the meantime, make the sauce by putting the sauce ingredients in a microwavable container and microwaving for 2-3 minutes or until bubbling and thick.

When the duck is cooked, slice it off the bone and serve wrapped in lettuce leaves with the sauce and cucumber.  The kind of food you can only eat on your own because it's deliciously messy!

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