life is just ordinary for me anyway

30 Mar

london 7.55pm 8C night monday 2020

i have cooked a duck, boiled it in soya sauce and 5spice powder, whole, but it has not been very successful. with a chicken it seems to work , but not with a duck. next time i cook a duck i shall roast it instead. this duck is one of the two i bought last month,  and this is the one i froze all this time, till now.

it certainly was useful to have it in reserve, now that we are in lockdown, as i can have duck without need to go shopping in asda.

all in all, it is easier to cook a chicken, and cheaper too. and much nicer to eat , no matter how i cook it it seems to come out delicious.

but this experiment, cooking duck in soya sauce, is not successful. it is edible of course, because it is always easy to cook things and make it edible, so this duck we can still eat it, and not waste it by throwing it away; and with simon to help me eat it, the finishing of it wont take long. 

it is making it delicious that is the difficult part. for eg, i can roast it and it is edible, and nicer than boiling it, like i did with this one, but i cannot make it as delicious as the chinese roast duck you can buy in chinese restaurants. that is out of my skills. that red colour that u get from the chinese roast duck, that i cannot replicate, i wonder what they do to get that red colour. is it some kind of dye, do you think? rather than a result of the cooking process?

5 Responses to “life is just ordinary for me anyway”

  1. Garfield Hug Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 12:50 pm #

    I love ducked boiled in soup with chinese salted mustard – we call it kiam chye! Awesome with some sour plums and ginger! This is my family’s signature dish for Chinese New Year meal.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

      i have not had that. my mum is not into duck, she use pork instead. in fact , pork is the go to meat in our household. maybe that is why i have lots of pork portions in my freezer.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

        I love pork too as it is not gamey. Duck needs to be scalded with hot water to get rid of the wax, maybe that’s why your mom avoided duck. It can taste gamey if not prepared right.

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

        oh is that the reason why some recipes for roast duck want people to scald the flesh first. i did not know they put wax onto duck, i wonder why they do that. here i dont see any wax on fresh , or frozen duck. and it is true that duck can get gamey, unlike chicken or pork. in the past they used to sell it with the innards, heart and liver and gizzard. i would fry them, gizzard being the best thing. most people dont know how to cook them nor like eating them, they have lost the taste for them. no wonder people just buy takeaway roast pork and roast duck in singapore, so much easier than make it themselves and taste so much better too.

      • Garfield Hug Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

        They use wax to remove the feathers.

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