Clearly I do not write these things as quickly as I cook them...
And no, Ryan, today's meat is not Panda.
It is, in fact, duck! As soon as I saw this recipe I wanted to try it. Something new and exciting, and yet not so new that I was scared of it. A great combination. Additionally, I wasn't going to let the Buddah's Delight get the best of me forever. So I was off on a cooking journey for fewer people, but no less grand, let me promise.
|Who knew ducks were so cylindrical?|
|I have conquered the duck!|
|There was also supposed to be a small red chile, but I didn't find that in the fridge for another week or so. I substituted.|
|Star anise, in case you can't read the washed out picture...|
|Plus some "normal" stuff.|
It tells me to blanch all of the vegetables. Fine. Then later, it tells me to add the mushrooms, then all of the blanched vegetables. That's it for ingredients. Never tells me about tofu or gingko nuts or anything. So, am I supposed to blanch them? Are those considered vegetables? What do I do? I think some I blanched and some I didn't, because I was confused. Also, blanching is annoying and takes a while.
I was supposed to heat some oil, add and remove garlic, and then add the veggies. I just used some garlic olive oil from Vom Fass though. :-)
|I bet you can guess what we were watching!|
So with that in mind, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for amazing duck. What I mostly got was really fatty duck skin. I don't think I was supposed to remove it, so I don't know. Maybe it was just the piece I had. I felt like I was mostly eating fat, with a little of meat thrown in here and there. That may be fine for a bite or two, but not a whole meal. The flavor did seem good. And Kevin liked it. You're also supposed to be able to serve it cold, which would be nice at times. I don't know if I would go through the effort again.
The Buddah's Delight was similar. It wasn't bad, but not so great either. It felt like it was missing something, maybe to tie it all together? I'm not sure. It was a lot of work for not a lot of reward. I also think we messed up the gingko nuts. Perhaps you can get some soft canned ones? Ours were hard. It was like eating vegetable stir fry with rocks in it. They didn't do anything.
So this time was not as much of a success. Perhaps too ambitious. But there was one more chance. And while it was still not panda, there were still some new things ahead...
Next time: China, Day 3