Duck is one of the best-known Moon Festival foods. As the Moon Festival is a multicultural affair, celebrated right across Asia, we’ve selected our favourite duck recipes from the region, including Chinese-style braised duck, Thai duck curries, a Japanese duck ramen, and a zesty southeast Asian duck salad.
Don’t let the lengthy ingredients list put you off: all of the aromatic herbs and spices you need for this Chinese-style braised duck can be found at your local Asian grocery store. Pick up a box of mooncakes while you’re there!
You can take two routes with your Thai red curry duck. Buy a whole roasted duck from a Chinese barbecue shop to make this speedy roasted duck curry, or choose duck breasts for this restaurant-style Thai red curry duck.
Give your duck breasts the Japanese treatment with this fortifying duck and ramen sanbai-zu salad. If you prefer a soupier version, like the image here, pour over heated dashi stock to serve.
Pay a visit to your local Chinese barbecue shop or takeaway and order a whole Peking duck, then use it to make Peking duck wraps with hoisin sauce (find the recipe for authentic Peking wrappers here), or substitute fresh rice noodles, as for these steamed Peking duck rolls.
Thai and Vietnamese flavours combine in this zesty duck and glass noodle salad, which uses a Thai red curry marinade and a Vietnamese salad dressing to great effect.
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