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Salted Vegetable and Duck Soup

Salted Vegetable and Duck Soup

Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup
Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup

Duck - delicious to eat, but tricky to cook. The meat is a lot tougher than chicken and requires a lot more time to soften, BUT if you overcook it, it will dry-out and become chewy. So the best way to cook duck and make it delicious at home is by boiling it in a soup or a gravy (like the Nyonya Duck Sioh I shared previously on Kitchen Missus). This Salted Vegetable and Duck Soup is a classic Hokkien dish, and commonly cooked in kitchens all over Singapore and Malaysia. Each household has their own special recipe, but it all revolves around the very basic ingredients of the duck and salted vegetables, the salted vegetables being preserved mustard greens. This is the recipe that my mother taught me, and it is straightforward, easy to make and extremely tasty!

Of the many soups that my mum used to make us growing up, this is perhaps the one that is least common. Being Cantonese, my mum prefers making classic Cantonese double-boiled soups because those are the ones she grew up on. Therefore, because we hardly have this Salted Vegetable and Duck soup, it becomes all the more delicious and sought after. What I love about this soup is the option to make it spicy by adding dried chillies. Have a straight-off-the-pot bowl of this savory soup with the fall-off-the-bone duck meat, soft carrots and salted vegetables and the heat from the chillies, and you will have one bowl after another, I guarantee it! Prepare a saucer of cut chilli padi in a mixture of soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sesame oil, and use as a dipping sauce for the duck meat, oooooh-la-la -- pure heaven!

  Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup   Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins  Total time: 1 hour 40 mins  Serves: 6      Ingredients:   · 1/2 Duck (chopped into pieces)  · 400g Salted Vegetables  · 4 medium Tomatoes  · 10 Dried Chillies  · 2 medium Carrots  · 1.5 Litre Water      Instructions:   1) Set a large pot filled with 1.5 litres of water on the stove and get it to boil.  2) While waiting for the water to boil, remove the skin and additional fats off  the duck meat.  3) Cut the salted vegetables and carrots into bite-sized pieces and the  tomatoes into quarters.  4) Soak the dried chillies in hot water.  5) When the water has come to a boil, toss all the ingredients into the pot and  cover.  6) Bring the fire down to medium and let the soup simmer for at leasts an  hour and a half, depending on whether or not the duck meat has softened  (check with a fork or chopstick).  7) When ready, serve HOT with a saucer of cut chilli padi (birds' eye chillies) in  soy sauce+dark soy sauce+sesame oil.   

Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total time: 1 hour 40 mins

Serves: 6

 

Ingredients:

· 1/2 Duck (chopped into pieces)

· 400g Salted Vegetables

· 4 medium Tomatoes

· 10 Dried Chillies

· 2 medium Carrots

· 1.5 Litre Water

 

Instructions:

1) Set a large pot filled with 1.5 litres of water on the stove and get it to boil.

2) While waiting for the water to boil, remove the skin and additional fats off

the duck meat.

3) Cut the salted vegetables and carrots into bite-sized pieces and the

tomatoes into quarters.

4) Soak the dried chillies in hot water.

5) When the water has come to a boil, toss all the ingredients into the pot and

cover.

6) Bring the fire down to medium and let the soup simmer for at leasts an

hour and a half, depending on whether or not the duck meat has softened

(check with a fork or chopstick).

7) When ready, serve HOT with a saucer of cut chilli padi (birds' eye chillies) in

soy sauce+dark soy sauce+sesame oil.

 



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