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Oooh I just made a vegetarian version of crispy duck and it was really very good!

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SpawnChorus Sat 05-Sep-09 18:32:45

I'm so pleased! I haven't had crispy duck for about 15 yrs as DH is veggie and (as far as I remember) you can't usually get it for one person in restaurants.

nappyaddict Sat 05-Sep-09 18:34:51

Give us the recipe then

ZippysMum Sat 05-Sep-09 18:35:32

Oooh yes, what did you use for the 'duck'?

hester Sat 05-Sep-09 18:35:54

My mouth is watering! Tell us how you did it.

SpawnChorus Sat 05-Sep-09 18:40:32

Ok...hang on a min, I'll go get the recipe.

The "duck" was made with tofu...I was dubious that it would work, but I marinated it and fried it until was nice and crispy.

hester Sat 05-Sep-09 18:48:57

I love tofu. What did you marinate it in?
Did you make the pancakes, or buy them ready-made?

SpawnChorus Sat 05-Sep-09 18:52:39

Right:

Two packs of firm tofu (I used Cauldron) cut into thin strips.

Two packs of chinese pancakes (from Waitrose)

Jar of Wagamama sticky hoisin sauce (Waitrose)

Cucumber - peeled and cut into matchsticks

Bunch of Spring onions - shredded

Groundnut oil for shallow frying

For the marinade/glaze:
200ml water
100ml Rice vinegar
5 tbs clear honey
3 tbs soy sauce
2 star anise
5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp chinese 5 spice

Mix the marinade ingredients in a smallish pan and cook for about 15-20 mins until thickened.

Mix in the tofu strips and leave for about 45 mins (I gave them a turn every now and then to get them evenly soaked).

Heat oil in large frying pan. Lift tofu out of marinade and fry for about 15-20 mins until edges are quite crispy and dark. I aslo added a few tablespoons of the marinade which seemed to help it crisp up...I guess because of the honey??

I also ground a little of of salt over it towards the end.

Remove from frying pan and place on a place with kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

And that was it I think grin

Assemble warmed pancakes as per usual.

ZippysMum Sat 05-Sep-09 18:53:02

I had veggie crispy duck in a restaurant when I was about 15. It was absolutely gorgeous and I've never seen it anywhere since.

Until now.... <<dribble>>

SpawnChorus Sat 05-Sep-09 18:54:42

hester - they were ready made, but I think next time I will try this recipe as the rest of the meal really was a doddle to make.

MayorNaze Sat 05-Sep-09 18:55:29

marking this thread as sounds lush

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