This week has been a pretty successful week in cooking. All the new dishes that I made turned out to be very pleasant and simply delicious. I was in a very good mood in my culinary world until I heard the ‘big’ news: Dalai Lama will be a guest judge on Master Chef during his visit to Australia. What?! Many of us love cooking shows because they’re easy to watch, family oriented and relaxing. We can forget about the hectic world for a while: work load, politics, religion and war etc. Dalai Lama’s appearance will totally ruin it!
In last week Master Class on Friday, Frank Shek taught us how to make a 2 course Peking Duck meal at home. I have had something similar in restaurants before, it was very delicious! The 2 course Peking duck was a Duck Wrapped in Pancakes with cucumber and spring onion, and a Duck San Choy Bau.
I was inspired by Frank’s recipes, so I made a 2 course meal of my own. Peking duck – a fusion version. Highly recommend to try at home, your guests will be very impressed!
I bought half a roasted duck from Chinatown. You know the ones hanging by the windows. It cost $12/half, the price is very reasonable. Slice all the skin from the duck (It’s best to have a little bit of meat connected to the skin as well, just a little bit), this is for the pizza. The rest of the meat(whatever you can get from the rest of the duck) is for the cannelloni.
Baked Peking Duck Cannelloni with Mozzarella Cheese
Peking duck meat in small pieces
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 bag of baby spinach( 2 handful)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
8 cannelloni shells
1 fresh chilli (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Cook the cannelloni shells in water with olive oil and salt according to the packet instructions.
Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and chilli, fry for 1 minute or until golden crispy. Add hoisin sauce and sugar, fry for 30 seconds. Then add duck meat, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add the baby spinach, combine with the meat, turn the heat off.
Fill the cannelloni tubes with the duck, add mozzarella cheese in between duck meat. Place the tubes into a baking dish in a single layer. Pour the remaining sauce from the duck meat over, then a layer of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil, bake for approximately 20 minutes.
Peking Duck Pizza
My friend Elaine gave me this recipe already, I finally tried it out. It was absolutely amazing. I made the pizza dough myself this time, so I can have the thin and fresh pizza base I like. I also added some red capsicums and fresh chilli for the colour contrast.
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