Thursday, August 15, 2013

Delicious braised duck with young ginger and vinegar --焖酸醋子姜鸭

This is my best friend's "si fang cai"(私房菜). When  she introduced  this dish to me some years ago, I was not really keen because I only like roast duck. But, but.... after tasted it Oh! It was really awesome! You will love it and drool for more if you are a ginger lover.  In order not to blow the trumpet and boast too much here, the recipe is below and if you really believe me and keen, give it a try and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Just a friendly reminder, please cook extra rice on that day.


1 naked duck (about 2 kg -2.200 kg)
500 g- 600 g young ginger
A small bottle  of white vinegar
2 pip garlic - chopped
*1 tablespoon sugar
*1 tablespoon oyster sauce
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1/2 bowl water or more
some cornstarch water for thickening

* Adjust to adapt to your taste buds

1)  Wash, clean and remove the skin  of the ginger. cut the ginger into big pieces and use the side of the knife to bash each piece lightly .  Marinade with  some salt (about 1 to 1.5 tablespoon) for half an hour. Wash away the salt with hot water and drain.  Put ginger in a bowl, pour vinegar just enough to cover all the ginger. Cover  and leave for two (2) days at  room temperature.

2) Wash and remove  the fat of the duck. Use boiling water to shower the whole duck. Pat dry with kitchen tissue, cut into big pieces.

3) Heat up oil in a wok, saute garlic till light brown and aroma, pour in the duck and fry till the meat has changed the colour (the external of the meat is cooked ), add in ginger and and vinegar (do not pour all the vinegar into the wok at once,  save  1/3 of the vinegar for later use if you find that the gravy/sauce is not sour enough).

4) Add 1/2 bowl of  water, sugar, salt, oyster sauce and dark soy sauce, simmer over low heat until the meat is tender.  Keep stirring occasionally. You may add more dark soy sauce if you want the colour to be darker.  Also adjust your taste liking.

5) Thicken  with some cornstarch . Serve while hot with rice.

Verdict: .best eaten a day after.


  1. Veronica, this is so yummy, i cant cook this at home cause the other family didn't eat duck.

  2. Joceline lyn, 这道菜真的很好吃又很开胃。 可以问你的家乡是在Johor State ma?

  3. Xing Hui, you can come to my house. lol.

  4. Phong Hong, it tastes soooo good. This dish can be prepared and keep in the fridge. It tastes better a day after.

  5. 我相信一定好吃,因为你家的菜,都很美味的,我打算做了拿回家乡吃 :)

  6. Cass, 谢谢你的赞美。我很肯定你一定会喜欢,因为我觉得我们有相同的口味。