Crispy duck rolls

Friday night take-aways are made simple in Rachel Allens quick Chinese recipe
By Rachel Allen
Crispy duck rolls
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 duck breast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns or ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 spring onions, very roughly chopped
  • 2.5 cm piece of root ginger, sliced
  • 100 ml Chinese rice wine, or dry sherry

To serve

  • 16 Chinese pancakes
  • 1 bunches spring onions, cut into fine strips
  • 2 x 6 cm pieces cucumber, cut into fine strips
  • 200 ml hoisin sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

2. Remove the skin from the duck breasts and make three long scores in each piece of skin with a sharp knife. Place the skins in a small, non-stick roasting tin and rub the salt and five-spice powder evenly over. Roast in the oven for 2025 minutes until crisp and golden.

3. Meanwhile, pour the stock into a saucepan and add all the remaining ingredients. Bring slowly to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

4. Add the duck breasts to the stock, cover with a tight-fitting lid and gently poach the duck for 1520 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the duck breasts from the pan and allow to cool a little before shredding with two forks, pulling the meat apart. Place on a plate or baking tray, cover with foil and keep warm in a low oven.

5. Drain the crisp duck skins on kitchen paper and finely slice. Scatter the slices back into the roasting tin (which should be full of rendered duck fat) and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Drain well on kitchen paper again and toss with the shredded duck breast.

6. Warm the Chinese pancakes in a steamer or microwave, place the spring onions, cucumber and Hoisin sauce in separate serving bowls and serve alongside the warmed pancakes and shredded crispy duck.

7. Allow people to assemble the rolls themselves. Spread a little Hoisin sauce on a Chinese pancake, scatter with some spring onions, cucumber and crispy duck and roll up to enclose before eating with your fingers. Finger bowls of warm water may come in handy, or lots of napkins.

Apdapted from Rachel Allen Home Cooking (Collins)

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