Homemade Asian food is trendy. That’s why I show you an exotic and gluten-free dish today: Duck with glass-noodle mango salad. This dish is really easy to prepare and ready to eat in about 30 minutes. From my experience I can say that most people never try to cook Asian dishes because they think they are to complicated. “I can never cook it as good as the Asian restaurant next door.” Believe me: this duck recipe is amazing. Go for it – you won’t regret it!
The ingredients for our duck with glass-noodle mango salad
If you take a look at Asian recipes, we often notice that we need many different ingredients. This paste, that herb – we see a never-ending list and often we have to buy the ingredients in a special Asian supermarket.
With our duck recipe, we have most of the ingredients at home or they will be available in every well stocked supermarket.
With Asian dishes you always need so many ingredients!
That’s wrong – for this dish you will have almost everything at home.
Before we start cooking, we prepare everything we need. First I roast the sesame and keep it warm in a pot by putting the plates on top of the pot. The advantage is that both, the plates and the sesame are warm.
The secret of the crispy duck breast
For this recipe I cook the duck breast as a whole. There is a similar dish where I cut the duck into pieces to reduce the cooking time. The reason why I prepare the duck breast first is that it takes more time. We like it crispy and pink-roasted, so we have to be a little patient with our duck.
The duck I use is called a barbarie duck breast, this duck type is not really typical for Asian dishes but you can buy it in every supermarket – and that is what’s important for us. It is important that you cut the duck lengthwise and diagonally, but don’t make the cuts too deep. Why cutting? Only with these cuts can the meat release fat while browning so it gets really crispy. Then we can salt the duck and start to sear it in a pan.
Now I will tell you a special cooking tip for a crispy duck:
The crisp formula is: short – long – short
What do I mean with short-long-short? We first sear the duck with the skin facing down for a very short time at a high temperature (4-5 minutes). The duck gets a nice color. Now we turn the meat and cook it long (10-12 minutes) at reduced heat. Shortly before serving, we turn the duck breast again to sear shortly (2-3 minutes) skin down.
That’s the secret of the crispy duck. Before you sear it for the third time, you salt the meat again. Salt is also important to make it even more crispy. In my video I show a version with just a little salt. Pouring over the gravy makes the dish even more delicious.
The acidity in the dressing goes great with the sweetness of the mango
Spicy dressing meets sweet fruit
The dressing for our mango salad is really special – and really easy. The mango is a very sweet fruit, that’s why I don’t sweeten the dressing. Also I save sugar.
I only use lime juice, soy sauce, oil and chopped coriander for my dressing. The acidity of the dressing in combination with the sweet mango is really interesting and tastes amazing.
Quick duck breast
Besides the fact that we don’t need many ingredients, the short preparation time is really cool. In about 30 minutes the dish is ready for serving. So it is possible too cook the duck during your lunch break or in the evening after a long day.
Please watch my video for further cooking advice!
Websites with similar recipes:
In Kathi’s foodblog you can find a similar version with chili. Click here.
Felicitas shows a duck recipe with red cabbage glass-noodle salad
Marina shows a soup version on her website. More here.
Cooking video: Duck with glass-noodle mango salad