Sunday, 30 August 2015

Duck Soup with Salted Vegetables & Tofu 咸菜豆腐鸭汤



The marriage of salty and sour tastes from the few key ingredients in 咸菜豆腐鸭汤 always serve to tantalize our appetites, making us hungry for more....

Salted vegetables 咸菜 (aka salted mustard green) are cooling in nature. Hence, I personally prefer to neutralize with some 'heaty' ingredients such as ginger, garlic and white peppercorns.

This is a must-have traditional dish in many South East Asian Chinese families. There are many variations and versions. As usual, I prefer to prepare mine as a single pot dish to just go with fragrant rice. 



Ingredients (enough for 4 pax) :

  • Half a duck (chopped into pieces)(skin removed, washed & drained)
  • 300 gm salted vegetables/giam chye/salted mustard green 咸菜 (soaked in water for 15 to 30 minutes before cook)
  • 3 pcs pickled sour plums (available in supermarkets/markets)
  • 1 carrot (chopped into chunks)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped into quarters)
  • 1 standard tray of tofu/beancurd (available in supermarkets/markets)(cut into chunks)
  • 2-3 tsp white peppercorns (grounded or crushed with pestle & mortar)
  • 2 whole garlic (I prefer to peel so that the soup would be 'cleaner')
  • 4-5 slices ginger
  • 2 litre water

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon)    


Tip : Choose the stem portion of the salted vegetables. It works better for soups. The leaf portions are more suitable for other cooking processes such as stir frying.


Pickled sour plums available from supermarket/markets.

Method :

Blanch duck pieces in boiling water for 5 minutes to remove scum beforehand. Rinse and clean duck meat in running water after that.
Add all ingredients and spices into soup pot EXCEPT tomatoes and tofu.
Add 2 liters water into soup pot. Turn on high heat till water/soup reaches boiling point. Once the water/soup boils, turn to low-medium heat and continue to boil for 1.5 to 2 hours. Duck meat is tough. It takes longer to reach tenderness. I prefer to boil minimum 2 hours.
Add tomatoes and tofu to boil 10 minutes before your intended serving time. 
Duck meat tender and still tasty. Salted vegetables still flavourful.
Comforting....especially on a rainy day.




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