If you a fan of duck, I will make your day today as I am gonna feature my all time favourite – five spice & orange duck. Never does this dish fail to satisfy our hunger.
Often, over complicate a dish is a big no-no. Simple and good quality of the main ingredient itself is the centre of attention. Like five spice and orange duck, I use very simple marinate but I make sure that I spend a little more for 2 good pieces of duck breasts. I usually like to marinate meats a few hours before cooking or even overnight sometimes! This allows the marinate to work its magic in making a wonderful and impeccable dish.
In a typical Chinese family in Malaysia, duck is only served during special occasion. It’s not a dish that my mom makes on a frequent manner like chicken. I guess that’s why duck seems to be a very special dish when it’s served. In Chinese cooking, Roast duck, Peking duck and Crispy duck are the famous ones that no one will miss when visiting a Chinese restaurant.
So, why did I choose to choose five spice and orange as a pair? I think five spice brings out the real flavours of meats. Five spice incorporates the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking — sweet, sour, bitter,savory, and salty. What does it consist of? Fennel, cloves, Szechuan peppercorns, star anise, and cinnamon.
As for orange, I borrow the idea of French dish Orange Duck – Canard a l’orange. As you may say, five spice and orange duck is a dish of East & West combination. Let’s bring five spice and orange duck to your kitchen, shall we?