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Hubby Bento #09 – Seared Duck 2 ways

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Got French duck breast yesterday, very juicy and fatty. To balance the rich flavour of the meat, I made light, fruity and citrus sides to complement it.

The breast was marinated overnight in ginger and cumin juice, to remove the gamey scent. The next day I sprinkled salt and pepper and pan seared skin side for 4 minutes and meat side for 8 minutes for medium done. I sliced them and put them in the oven at high heat for 5 mins for a charred look on the surface but still maintaining the medium doneness.

Box 1
Seared Duck Slices on rice with cherry port reduction
Cherry Port Reduction(sauce recipe from

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 8 halved pitted sweet red cherries, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons tawny Port
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey
Heat 2 tablespoons duck oil drippings in a skillet. Add shallot to skillet and stir over medium heat 30 seconds. Add broth, cherries, Port, and honey. Increase heat to high and boil until sauce is reduced to glaze, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Whisk in 1 tablespoon cold butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Oven baked pumpkin
Ginger pickles in capsicum bowl

Box 2
Seard Duck Sices pineapple cucumber roll 
Use a peeler to slice thin Japanese cucumber slices. Place on the cucumber slice 1 duck slice, 1 pineapple, 1 small semi-sundried tomato, 1 lettuce and roll it up

Steamed Prawns

Avocado & orange salad in a mix of herb, lemon and olive oil dressing

Author: ongling

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