Duck with crispy noodles
- 2 duck breasts, with skin on
- 100g pack asparagus tips
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced
- 3tbsps vegetable oil
- 2 nests of fine egg noodles
- Mirin (rice wine), optional
- 1 spring onion, trimmed and finely shredded
- 1tsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
- 1tbsp each sesame oil and soy sauce (dark)
- 3 bsps hoisin sauce
Use fresh, thin egg noodles if you can get them (a 275g packet) and blanch for 2-3 minutes, or microwave the pack for 1-2 mins, before frying in sesame oil if you like, as stated in the recipe
- Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a shallow dish. Add the duck breasts and leave to marinate for 20 mins or longer — but overnight is best.
- Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
- Heat a roasting tin in the oven. Take the duck out of the marinade and scrape off any excess with a round-bladed knife. Keep the leftover marinade.Put the duck, skin-side down, in a medium-hot pan and cook for 1-2 mins to brown the skin, then turn the meat over and cook for another minute. Transfer to the roasting tin, with the asparagus and garlic and drizzle with 1 tbsp oil. Roast for 15-20 mins, turning the asparagus once during cooking. Leave the duck to rest for 5 mins.
- Meanwhile, blanch the egg noodles in a pan of boiling salted water for 2 mins. Drain well and set aside. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat, add 1 tbsp oil, then spread the noodles over the base of the pan, turn the heat down and let the noodles fry for 3-4 mins until crisping on the bottom. Flip them over, adding another tablespoon oil. Cook for a couple of minutes until crisp all over. Take out and drain on kitchen paper.
- Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small pan, bring to the boil and add a few tablespoons of water, and/or mirin if you like. Heat through for 5 mins. Cut the duck into thin slices and arrange on plates with the asparagus and garlic.
- Spoon a little hot sauce over and top with the crispy noodles and finely shredded spring onions. Sprinkle over sesame seeds.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 855(kcal)
- Fat 53.0g
- Saturates 12.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.