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Duck rendang

This duck curry is cooked in a chilli-coconut sauce with fragrant lemongrass. Cucumber pickles, coriander and roti all make great accompaniments.

You'll need

4 duck breasts (150gm each), halved crossways 2 duck Marylands (300gm each), halved through the joint 15 each dried long red chillies and dried small red chillies, broken up and soaked in hot water for 2 hours 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 50 gm ginger, coarsely chopped 25 gm galangal, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 2 lemongrass stalks (white part only), coarsely chopped, green ends reserved 8 gm fresh turmeric, coarsely chopped 3 tsp roasted shrimp paste (see note) 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil 500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk 3 tsp finely grated palm sugar, or to taste For seasoning: lime juice To serve: steamed long-grain rice


  • 01
  • Heat a large non-stick deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add duck in batches, skin-side down and fry without turning until fat renders and skin is golden brown (2-4 minutes). Set aside, reserving 1 tbsp fat in pan.
  • 02
  • For curry paste, drain and chop chillies, then combine with onion, ginger, galangal, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, shrimp paste and oil in a small food processor or blender and process to a coarse paste.
  • 03
  • Heat reserved fat over medium heat, add curry paste and fry until colour deepens and onion becomes fragrant (8-10 minutes). Add coconut milk and 375ml water, bring to a simmer over high heat, then add duck and lemongrass ends, and bring back to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered with a lid for 30 minutes, then remove lid and stir occasionally until duck is very tender and sauce is thick and deepened in colour (1½-1¾ hours; curry will release fat as it cooks – you can spoon this off as you go, but leave a little for the sauce to fry as it reduces). Add palm sugar and stir until dissolved (1-2 minutes). Season well with salt and lime juice and serve curry with steamed rice.

Note Roasted shrimp paste is available from Asian grocers; to roast it yourself, wrap shrimp paste in foil and roast in a moderate oven until pungent (5-10 minutes).

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Fragrant, hoppy India pale ale.

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Jul 2015

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