Friday, April 22, 2011

Session #2: Main Dish - Roast Duck

One of the reason we have this "Main Masak-masak Session" was that most of us are still learning how to cook. Just like any other things in life, when you are new at it, you might do a mistake. So, for example, if I want to learn how to roast a whole chicken, even if it turns out perfect, who is going to finish them all? If I were to invite families and friends, the chicken might ended up burnt instead By experimenting the dishes with my dearest friends, we divide the cost between us and if it burns, it wouldn't cost as much per person. If it turns out well, we could all feast on it and most of the time, even our partners get to taste them. With this group, we could eliminate some risk as well as each of us have some experience of our own and by sharing them, we could avoid some mistakes that we might have experienced before.

Malay restaurants rarely serve ducks. So it is very hard to find duck dishes as most of them are non-halal. So, this session, we decided to have duck as our main dish. One of us had never tasted duck in her whole life but is daring enough to give it a try. Glad that the duck turns out well and enjoyed by all of us. Here is how we roast our duck.

1 whole duck
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoon ginger, blended
1 large red onion, finely chopped
3 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoon ground rosemary
3 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoon margarine, melted

1. Marinate the duck with the mix of lemon juice, onion and ginger for 45 minutes.
2. Mix well the rest of the ingredients and use it to marinate the duck overnight. 
3. Roast the duck at 220c for 1 hour or until cooked. Once in a while, glaze the duck with the marinade.

Here is the recipe for the sauce:

1 large red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoon margarine
2 tablespoon plain flour
300 ml chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon soy sauc
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1. Sauté the onion until softened, add in plain flour. Stir until browned.
2. After onion and flour mix is thick, add in chicken stock, bay leaf, soy sauce, ketchup. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste. 


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