Peking Duck & Plum Pancakes
Our plum sauce is the perfect addition to these duck pancakes
- 2 kg duck, backbone removed and flattened
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 spring onions
- 2 long red chilli, finely sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 700g Goulburn Valley Plums, drained
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 cups strong white flour
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1 cucumber, sliced into batons
- 4 spring onions, finely shredded
- 1/4 cup coriander
- Preheat the oven to 210C.
- For the crispy duck, place the duck, skin side up, onto a rack over a roasting tray and pierce the skin all over with a knife.
- Boil a kettle and pour the boiling water over the duck skin, discarding the water. Pat the duck dry, using kitchen paper, then rub salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, over the skin.
- Transfer to the oven to roast for 1-1¼ hours, or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the duck onto thick pieces.
- For the plum sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan and fry the spring onions and 1 chilli for 1-2 minutes, or until softened.
- Add the spices and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add the plums, vinegar and sugar and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover with a lid and simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until the plums are tender. Set the plums aside to cool.
- Remove the cinnamon stick and blend the mixture to a purée in a food processor, strain the purée through a sieve into a bowl.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Meanwhile, for the pancakes, place the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the boiling water and stir to form a dough. Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 2-3 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.
- Cut the dough into 16 pieces and roll each piece into a thin pancake.
- Heat a frying pan until hot and fry each pancake for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until pale golden-brown. Keep the pancakes warm until ready to serve.
- To serve, layer duck, chilli, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and a drizzle of plum sauce on to a pancake.