Crispy Duck with Udon Noodles

Crispy Duck with Udon Noodles
Crispy Duck with Udon Noodles
Browning the duck, braising it, and then re-frying the pieces makes for super crispy skin and tender meat, perfectly complemented by a flavorful chile, ginger, and sugar-spiked sauce. Get the recipe for Crispy Duck with Udon Noodles »Landon Nordeman

The recipe for this entree was given to us by Off the Shelf, a film catering company.

Crispy Duck with Udon Noodles
The recipe for this entrée was given to us by Off the Shelf, a film catering company.
Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 duck legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chicken or duck broth
  • 34 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 3 red or green Thai chiles
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 6 oz. udon noodles
  • 5 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms
  • 6 heads baby bok choy, leaves separated

Instructions

  1. Make the duck: Heat oven to 350°. Season duck with salt and pepper. Heat a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add duck, skin side down, and cook, turning once, until browned and crisp, 18-20 minutes. Transfer duck to paper towels; discard fat. In a 5-qt. Dutch oven, bring broth, 12 cup soy sauce, vinegar, coriander, 1 chile, and 1 cup water to a boil. Add duck, skin side up, cover, and transfer to oven. Braise until duck is tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Set duck aside; discard liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a 1-qt. saucepan, bring remaining soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, mustard, sesame oil, and scallions to a boil. Set sauce aside.
  3. Make the noodles: Bring a 4-qt. pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles; cook until just tender, 2-3 minutes. Drain noodles; toss with 1 tbsp. canola oil. Heat 2 tbsp. canola oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining chiles, mushrooms, and bok choy; cook until bok choy is just wilted, about 6 minutes. Add noodles and 12 cup of the sauce; toss to combine. Keep noodles warm.
  4. To serve, heat remaining canola oil in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add duck, skin side down. Cook until crisp, 4-5 minutes. Pat duck with paper towels. Brush duck with remaining sauce. Serve atop noodles.