Chinese twice-cooked duck with orange

Double cooked duck with orange

Double cooked duck with orange

I recently gave my friend Vince a bottle of 2004 St Maur Pinot Noir from the cool climate Bowral wine region for his birthday. I tasted this wine at the cellar door and thought it was rather elegant with smooth plummy aromas. I hinted to him this wine would complement the gamey flavours of a Asian-style roast duck in the hope we might score a dinner invite in return Winking smile.

You see, I’m a big believer that nothing is free in this world but at the same time, a gift should also be unconditional and it would be wrong to expect something in return. But among good friends, well, that’s another story …

A few days later, we unexpectedly got a dinner invite from Vince and June (Winking smile). We were excited and chanced if duck was going to be on the menu.

June's beautiful tea light holder

June's beautiful tea light holder

Soon after we arrived, we had pre-dinner drinks and watched June in the kitchen preparing a couple of beautiful steamed entrees for starters.

Steamed oysters with shao xing wine reduction

Steamed oysters with ginger and shao xing wine reduction

The first entree was steamed oysters in 2 different styles – a ginger and shao xing wine reduction and the more conventional ginger shallots with soy and oyster sauce. The oysters were wonderfully fresh as Vince got them from the Sydney Fish Markets that same morning. June was meticulous to ensure a quick steaming process to infuse the flavours of the ginger and wine into the fresh oysters.

Steamed baby abalone with coriander and chilli

Steamed baby abalone with coriander and chilli

The oysters were followed by a second entree of steamed baby abalone with coriander and chilli. The abalone was succulent and the flavours enhanced by a fresh chill and lemon soy dipping sauce. Both entrees were complemented with the grassy and honey suckle flavours of a 2009 Bethany semillon from the Barossa.

Fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, orange and rocket leaves

Fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, orange and rocket leaves

A fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, orange and rocket leaves was delightful and we eagerly waited for the mystery main course. You see, good friends can sometimes read each others’ minds and soon as Vince opened the bottle of St Maur Pinot Noir, we really thought the main would be duck. To our amazement, June brought out beautiful pieces of duck breasts which have been gently marinating in the fridge for some time.

Over a few more drinks, we got to watch June pan sear the duck and get a whiff of the wonderful aromas. When it eventually came out of the oven, the skin was crisp and golden brown while the meat looked decidedly succulent and juicy.

So readers, if you want your friends to cook you this beautiful duck, get them a bottle of good pinot noir and tell them the wine would go well with a Chinese twice-cooked roast duck with orange.

Being the wonderful hostess that she is, June was more than happy to share her duck recipe with us.

Chinese twice-cooked duck with orange

Chinese twice-cooked duck with orange

Cheese platter

Cheese platter

The duck was the standout of the evening which was topped off with a cheese plate of soft brie, red grapes, mandarin and crackers.

So readers, what would you like your friends to cook for you?

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20 Responses to Chinese twice-cooked duck with orange

  1. No problems re the award. There is no obligation to accept of course:) I was little surprised to receive it myself. I think its a disguised form of traffic generator:)

    • Chopinand says:

      Thanks Three-Cookies.

      I didn’t think I would qualify anyway among all these super food bloggers! :(

  2. Very cleverly done! 😉

    I’ve eaten oysters once as a child, but it was just oysters, without any sauce, so my memory is that of salty jelly … I need to give them a try again, I’m really curious because I think my taste has changed quite a bit since then. (“Then” was the time when I despised asparagus and Brussel sprouts, so I don’t trust my “then” taste anymore from today’s point of view.)

    The duck looks wonderful! This is another recipe I’d love to try when my broke days are over. :)

  3. Duck and pinot is one of those magical combinations. Gets me every time. If anyone says they’re making curry, I’m there with bells on. I left my mortar and pestle back in Sydney- so always love it when someone else will devote the time to crushing spices for my benefit.

  4. I am drooling over your Chinese duck with orange, so scrumptious looking!

  5. Juliana says:

    Wow, what a memorable dinner, they all look fantastic, the oysters, abalone and the duck…I never cooked dusk, maybe I should give a try after seeing this beautiful dish. Hope you are having a great week :-)

  6. Mmmm love plummy notes. You know that trick would only work for me, if my friends were sensational cooks like June. They would just take me out for dinner instead, lol. Unfortunately, I’m the only one that cooks amongst my friends, so I’d be the one who gets duped :p

  7. What a superb meal they put on! 😮 And I love that tea light holder. I’ve given it as gifts to several people (I wish I had kept one for myself) :)

  8. Carolyn Jung says:

    Wow — oysters, abalone AND duck? I need friends like yours to feed me. 😉

  9. grace says:

    what a feast! if the food tastes even half as good as it looks, i would’ve had to be rolled back home. :)

  10. What a lovely dinner. I am in love with oysters. I miss them living in Israel. That duck recipe looks amazing. I will have to keep it in mind.

  11. Haha you are funny about hinting this special dinner to your friend! This duck looks very good. We have to thank your friend for this recipe. I must keep in my folder! :-)

  12. Just lovely! I wish my friends would stop being scared of gfree cooking. My sister just made me the first ever gfree cake that anyone, apart from my husband, has ever made me.

  13. Nothing like the gift of cooked gifts, the tea light holder isn’t bad either :)

  14. mac says:

    What a wonderful meal, drooling over the duck and oysters, now I have to find a friend who would cook for me.

  15. Susan says:

    Those duck breasts look delicious and pinot is my favourite wine as well!

  16. Gillion says:

    Have you tried dumplings and roast ducks? They are the famous and traditional Beijing dishes. And also bird’s nest soup? Its a delicacy in China.

    Enjoy your days~~~


  17. I was just glancing through your recipe section when this caught my eye. These are great flavours for duck and you have explained the recipe so well. You must thank June for sharing. Beautiful photographs, I think the food befitted your gifted bottle of vino. Stunning oyster and abalone entrees. A great description of your evening all together.

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