GT tableware

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller and you’ll go into the draw to WIN a Scenic 15 day Jewels of Europe river cruise for two people.

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

The most spectacular waterways in the world

Whether snaking through clutches of pretty small towns, winding the entire length of countries or docking on the shores of the world’s biggest cities, travelling over water is both relaxing and thrilling.

The hot 100 moments in design

From distinguished architectural icons and game-changing gadgets we can’t live without to fashion classics that have become ubiquitous staples and timeless furniture classics – it’s by no means comprehensive, but we’ve narrowed down thousands of contenders and rounded up the most inspiring, visionary and intriguing moments in modern design history.

Chocolate tart recipes

Some include a layer of gooey caramel, some incorporate poached quince or pears, but all these tarts have one thing in common - plenty of chocolate.

Chicken sandwiches

Whether it’s sesame-crumbed katsu in a brioche bun or a classic hotel-style club, we've found recipes that'll turn the classic sandwich filler into something rather special for lunch.

What we’re cooking for our mums this Mother’s Day

The Gourmet Traveller editorial team reveals which recipes they’ll cook for Mum this Mother’s Day.

Anzac biscuits

A classic recipe everyone should have in their repertoire.

Igni, Melbourne Review

Aaron Turner has made a triumphant return to the restaurant world and his cooking, at Igni in Geelong, is better than ever.

Hot 100: the best in food

From chicken sambos to goat's milk, our team of intrepid taste testers and critics brings you the year's hottest (and most delicious) food trends from around the globe.

Shanxi-style fragrant crisp duck


You'll need

1 duck (about 2.2kg) 100 ml light soy sauce 80 ml (1/3 cup) Shaoxing wine 2 tbsp sweet flour sauce (see note) 2 green onions, finely chopped, plus extra thinly sliced to serve 1 tbsp finely shredded ginger 5 tsp ground Sichuan peppercorns 1 tsp each ground star anise and cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves For deep-frying: vegetable oil To serve: mantou (see note)   Sichuan pepper-salt dip 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns 55 gm (1/3 cup) sea salt

Method

  • 01
  • Rinse duck in cold water and pat dry with absorbent paper. Remove fat glands from the body cavity and discard. Combine soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sweet flour sauce, green onion, ginger and spices in a large bowl, season to taste with salt and mix well. Add duck and rub inside out with Shaoxing mixture, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 02
  • Place duck on a heatproof dish in a large bamboo steamer over a wok of boiling water. Steam, covered, over high heat until tender (2 hours), replenishing boiling water if necessary. Remove duck, cool and drain well. Pat dry with absorbent paper, then halve lengthways.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for Sichuan pepper-salt dip, dry-roast peppercorns in a frying pan over medium heat until fragrant and beginning to pop (30 seconds), then transfer to a bowl. Add salt to pan and stir continuously until starting to turn golden (1-1½ minutes). Add to peppercorns. Cool, finely grind in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
  • 04
  • Heat 15cm oil, or enough to cover duck, in a wok to 180C. Carefully lower a duck half into oil and deep-fry, turning halfway through cooking, until golden and cooked through (10-12 minutes). Repeat with remaining duck. Cut into bite-sized pieces and serve with pepper-salt dip and mantou.
Note Sweet flour sauce (tian mian jiang), also known as sweet bean paste/sauce, is available from Asian grocers. If unavailable substitute with hoisin sauce. Mantou are bread buns that are steamed or baked and are available from Asian grocers (alternatively, you can make them at home with our Mantou recipe).

I found this recipe in Chinese Home-style Cooking, published by China’s Foreign Language Press. The duck is marinated, then steamed until tender before being deep-fried to a rich mahogany colour. It looks involved but is actually a cinch when you break the recipe into two days – one for marinating, the next for finishing the dish. Serve with Sichuan pepper-salt dip and you’ll be making this again and again. — Tony Tan

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Twenty
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Light pinot noir.

You might also like...

Adriano Zumbo's Christmas recipes

recipes

Christmas pudding ice-cream

Holiday entertaining recipes

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

David Thompson's Thai recipes

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Strawberry recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Longrain recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Barbecue recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Fast spring recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Chorizo recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×