Braised duck with mushrooms

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Duck; 4 to 5 pounds
½ pounds Fresh mushrooms
1 \N Or
2 \N Cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Sherry
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 dash Pepper (up to)
4 tablespoons Oil
2 tablespoons Oil (up to)
3 cups Stock
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
3 tablespoons Water
3 drops Sesame oil; more or less

1. Wipe duck with a damp cloth. With a cleaver chop duck, bones and all, in 2-inch sections. Stem mushrooms and cut in half. Crush garlic.

2. Combine sherry, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.

3. Heat oil in a large heavy pan and brown duck quickly. Add sherry-soy mixture and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove duck and seasonings from pan.

4. Heat remaining oil. Brown garlic lightly and discard. Add mushrooms and stir-fry to soften slightly. Then return duck and seasonings.

5. Add stock, bring to a boil; then simmer, covered, until done (about 45 minutes).

6. Blend cornstarch and cold water to a paste, then stir in to thicken sauce Stir in sesame oil and serve.

VARIATION: Use only ¼ pound fresh mushrooms. Add 1 cup bamboo shoots and 1 cup celery, both diced; and ½ cup water chestnuts, sliced. In step 4, stir-fry vegetables 1 to 2 minutes; then return duck.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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