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  1. Marinade

  2. 2 cloves garlic , minced

  3. 2 tablespoons Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry

  4. 2 tablespoons honey

  5. 1 tablespoon chile sauce

  6. 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  10. Crispy Fragrant Duck

  11. 2 (10 1/2-ounce) skin-on duck legs

  12. 3 ounces potato flour or all-purpose flour

  13. Groundnut oil ( peanut ), for deep-frying

  14. Salt

  15. Pinch crushed dried chiles

  16. Pickled Radish Salad

  17. 3 1/2 ounces red radishes , finely diced

  18. 1/2 cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and finely diced

  19. 1 medium red chile, seeded and finely chopped, optional

  20. Handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

  21. 1 tablespoon clear rice vinegar or cider vinegar

  22. 1 teaspoon caster sugar (superfine)

  23. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  24. 1/2 teaspoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry

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  1. This is one of my favourite street food dishes. In Taiwan they sell this dish in night markets served in newspapers and sprinkled with pickled spicy daikon (white turnip salad). I love serving this as a starter or a lunch for friends. You can prepare most of the ingredients in advance and then fry the duck just before serving.

  2. To make the marinade : Put the garlic, rice wine, honey, chile sauce, light soy sauce, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice into a bowl or resealable plastic food bag, and set aside.

  3. To make the duck: Add the duck legs to the marinade, cover with plastic wrap , and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for as long as possible, preferably overnight.

  4. To make the salad: Put the radish, cucumber , chile, if using, cilantro , rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and rice wine, in a bowl and toss to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. To finish the duck: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

  6. Place the duck legs, skin side up, in a roasting pan, and roast for 10 minutes. Then, raise the temperature of the oven to 425 degrees F for 5 minutes to cook the meat to well done. Remove the duck from the oven, and set aside for 2 minutes, to cool slightly.

  7. Cut the duck meat into bite-sized slices, and dust the slices in the flour to coat well.

  8. Heat a wok or heavy-bottomed pan over a high heat, and fill it to a quarter of its depth with enough groundnut oil. Cook's Note: Ensure your wok is stable before deep-frying.

  9. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F, or until a cube of bread dropped in it turns golden brown in 15 seconds. Place the duck pieces in a spider scoop or wire strainer , and lower them into the oil and fry until crispy, and golden brown. Remove the duck from the pan, and drain on an absorbent kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.

  10. To serve, spoon some pickled radish salad onto a serving plate and lay some of the crispy duck slices over the top. Sprinkle a pinch of salt, and some dried chile flakes over the duck pieces and serve immediately.


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