Cured duck breasts with melon, soy and pickled ginger

9 February 2005

I was curious about this recipe – I found it in the book Food Heroes by Rick Stein and it says that he first tried the dish at a restaurant called Berowra Waters in Sydney in the 1980s. (quite a few Aussie chefs seem to work in Britain by the way; I find their imaginative recipes often inspiring!)

It’s very simple to make – marinate the duck breasts with salt, sugar and various herbs/spices overnight. Rinse the breasts and put them in a casserole with water. Cover and cook it in the oven for about half an hour. And cool. That’s about it!

The combination of salt duck, sweet melon and pickled ginger works really well and adding crushed Sichuan peppercorns into the soy sauce dressing is a good extra touch!
 

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  • Hi Keiko,

    Such a beautiful dish! I like duck, if only I could find a place that I can find it in my town... (folks don’t seem to eat meat/poultry other than beef, chicken, pork, and turky, really).

    Posted by chika | 11 February 2005 #
  • Keiko
    Your pictures are gorgeous!
    I have a couple fo Rick’s first Cook Books. We used to sepnd all our childhood hols in Padstow where he has his restaurant. We couldn’t afford to eat there though :( We did get smoked haddock & leek cornish pasties from his take-out place though and they were delicious.

    Posted by Sam | 11 February 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko-san!
    Wow, gorgeous foods, sweets,and mayachan!!
    Finally I could see your photos! It was 100 times more than what I had been imagined... Of course, I knew your photos are good though...

    I love duck but I can’t cook well. This receipe seems good so I must try!!

    Posted by mariko | 12 February 2005 #
  • Hi Chika - I know what you mean, and your pizza-man doesn’t eat fish either, does he?

    Hi Sam - I agree that his first books are better... I like Seafood Odyssey and Fruits of the Sea. It seems like his *kingdom* there, doesn’t it? Smoked haddock & leek cornish pasties sound delicious!

    Hi Mariko - Thanks for visiting, I’m going to put more Maya pics on for you!

    Posted by keiko | 15 February 2005 #
  • Is there any possibility of getting the recipe?

    Posted by Carlie | 14 November 2005 #
  • Hi Carlie - I’ll try to put the recipe when I can, but meantime you can check his book above :)

    Posted by keiko | 23 November 2005 #
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