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Chinese Cooking Tonight [Jun. 1st, 2013|11:35 pm]
Had some fun doing Chinese cooking tonight!

Duck and rice in garlic hoisin sauce with lettuce cups.

We smoked and roasted some duck last week. Now I get to make use of the leftovers. :D Sliced into slivers and tossed with rice and diced veggies. It went into a sauce of minced garlic, chili, vinegar, sugar, broth, and hoisin that had been cooked down so it got thick. I was really pleased with how this turned out. (It's reminiscent of Ants Climbing Tree except using rice instead of thread noodles.)

Tofu, carrots, and broccoli in tangy sauce
Potstickers Sichuanese

The veggie dish was fairly straightforward. Though I did take the time to fry the tofu first, then add it to the braise at the end.

The potstickers were frozen; I've found a brand I like that doesn't have thick mealy wrappers. Defrost those in the microwave, slide into a pan of nearly-smoking oil, toss in a chili and a pinch of garlic, then add chicken stock and soy sauce and cover. That allows them to switch from frying to steaming, gaining a nice texture.

[User Picture]From: porsupah
2013-06-03 09:47 am (UTC)
Now that's an interesting duck preparation.. I'd love to try something like that myself. I suppose I wouldn't be using such delicious-sounding duck, but perhaps some lean ground pork would work.

Mm, a quick frying of tofu in a tiny bit of oil makes quite a difference! The texture on the outside is transformed, rendering it ideal for tossing into other dishes with impunity, as well as simply gaining an attractive texture in the mouth.

Potstickers I ought to pick up again sometime, or maybe just make some, if I can find the wrappers. =:9
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-06-04 05:33 am (UTC)
Potstickers are fun to make yourself (using premade wrappers, of course). Not hard but a bit time-consuming.

Instead of duck, I'm sure this would be a great way to use leftovers from a roast chicken. (Maybe a pre-cooked one from the grocery store, then jazz up the leftovers?) It doesn't take a lot of meat since you mix it with rice and a bit of minced veggie.
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