Recipe: Crispy Duck Pancakes


It's hard to put a twist on something that we all love so much. We think we've managed it though...the pickled cucumber has a bit of punch, and we switched out hoisin sauce for sweet but sour plum sauce. What do you think?!


  • 1 whole duck
  • 1 tbsp five spice
  • 1 chunk ginger
  • 1 orange
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 60 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chunk ginger
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded
  • 6 plums
  • 2 tbsp muscavado sugar
  • 75 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 225 g strong white flour
  • 175 ml boiling water
  • 2 spring onions, sliced into strips
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

rub the duck

Step 2

Rub The Duck

Dry the outside of the duck and place on a roasting tray. Rub the five spice and some salt into the duck.

roast the duck

Step 3

Roast The Duck

Slice the ginger and quarter the orange. Chuck the ginger, 2 quarters of the orange, star anise and cinnamon into the duck. Place the duck in the oven and roast for 2 hours before turning the oven up to 200ºC for a further 10 minutes. Allow the duck to rest and cool slightly.

salt the cucumber

Step 4

Salt The Cucumber

Scatter a tablespoon of salt over the sliced cucumber and leave in the fridge for 20 minutes. Rinse the salt away from the cucumber.

pickle the cucumber

Step 5

Pickle The Cucumber

Add the rice vinegar, sugar and juice of the remaining orange quarters into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the boiling mixture over the cucumber and place back into the fridge to cool.

make the plum sauce

Step 6

Make The Plum Sauce

Peel and finely dice the shallot, garlic and ginger. Slice the chilli. Heat a little oil and gently fry the shallot, garlic, ginger and chilli until softened. De-stone and roughly dice the plums, chucking them into the pan.

simmer the plums

Step 7

Simmer The Plums

Scatter over the dark sugar, then pour over the rice vinegar and a splash of water. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes until the plum become a smooth pulp.

make the pancakes

Step 8

Make The Pancakes

Mix the flour and water for the pancakes. Roll into small discs about 20cm wide.

dry fry the pancakes

Step 9

Dry Fry The Pancakes

Heat a dry frying pan and cook the pancakes for a minute on each side. Before serving, microwave or steam the pancakes for 10 seconds.

let people make their own!

Step 10

Let People Make Their Own!

Shred the duck meat from the carcass and serve alongside the drained pickled cucumber, spring onions and plum sauce. Serves 4

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