Birch Syrup and Soy Sauce-Glazed Roast Duck

Birch Syrup and Soy Sauce-Glazed Roast Duck

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Birch Syrup and Soy Sauce-Glazed Roast DuckMatt Taylor-Gross

Amy Thielen's take on traditional teriyaki uses a bit of birch syrup in addition to mirin (sweet rice wine). Compared with maple syrup, birch is more feral—darker, less sweet, and more acidic—and she prefers it for cooking. It also doesn't hurt that she can harvest it at home: Every spring she taps the silver birch trees in her yard and boils down the syrup over a wood fire. You can find birch syrup online, or use maple. (If doing so, omit the teaspoon of sugar.)