Roast duck with tortilla wraps

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Reposting a recipe originally published on December 20, 2010. I know that some of you are already thinking about Christmas and New Year. And for those who celebrate Thanksgiving but prefer the more succulent duck to the bland turkey, here is an idea.We're hosting a family party between Christmas and New Year, we're going potluck, and Speedy and I agreed that our … [Read more...]

Duck and smoked fish fried rice: surprising combination that works

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When I posted a duck recipe recently, I mentioned that I was challenging myself to create four different dishes (each dish for two to four people) using one duck. There was the braised duck with pineapple, orange and ginger sauce, the braised duck with mashed potatoes and gravy, the pasta recipe that I still haven't posted and, finally, this fried rice dish.By the time … [Read more...]

Braised duck with mashed potatoes and gravy

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On with the duck recipes. Remember I said three dishes from one duck? Here's the second using the duck's legs, thighs and wings.After the very fruity duck breast fillet with pineapple, orange and ginger sauce, this second dish is French inspired as it uses the trifecta of vegetables that many French dishes start with -- onion, celery and carrot. The duck is seared in a … [Read more...]

Braised duck with pineapple, orange and ginger sauce

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We bought a whole duck and the challenge is to cook at least three different dishes with it. After thawing the bird, I cut it into portions. The thighs, legs and wings will be tonight's dinner. The back portion will be a soup. And the deboned breast became today's lunch -- braised duck with pineapple, orange and ginger sauce.This easy, tasty recipe cooks in three steps … [Read more...]

Roast duck breast with creamed spinach

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If you like duck but find that a whole duck is too much for your family's consumption, you can buy duck breast instead. It is the meatiest part of the duck after all, and, with the uniform thickness and no bones to deal with, duck breast is much easier to cook. Cooks much faster too. The downside? It is more expensive, kilo for kilo, than a whole duck. Plus, you don't get … [Read more...]

Roast duck and daing na bangus

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Remember the Balikbayans and pinakbet post where I wrote about my brother-in-law and his family, long-time residents of Chicago, who came home for a vacation and wasted no time in ordering dishes like pinakbet when we went out? Okay, here's another example.When we were in Singapore last year, we had lunch with a Filipino couple who have been residents of Las Vegas for … [Read more...]

Duck and mushroom congee

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About a month ago, I bought a duckling and, before cooking it as a stew, I cut off a leg and thigh and reserved them because Speedy intended to use them for a duck congee recipe that he saw in an Australian TV network website.He cooked the congee, we had it for breakfast one Sunday morning and it was delicious. I had second thoughts about posting the recipe, however, … [Read more...]

President Grand Palace Restaurant, Chinatown

We ordered too much. We just had dumplings at Dong Bei not more than two hours earlier and there we were at President Grand Palace Restaurant ordering left and right. My excuse was that the Chinese dinner was in support of my daughter's education as she was supposed to write a paper about the Chinatown trip as a component of her final exam in a History subject. Lame … [Read more...]

Chinatown: Manila and Kuala Lumpur

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A friend whose family has been in the restaurant business for over thirty years once remarked that wherever in the world you go, Chinatown is the same. You've seen one, you've seen all. You know, hawkers galore, thick crowds, noise and, well, filth. She's right. But she's also wrong. My friend dislikes Chinese food, probably never learned to appreciate the nuances or to … [Read more...]

Great Asian food at every price range

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Two weeks ago, my husband and I went to the Dapitan Street flea market for a little shopping. If you haven't heard, Dapitan is a haven for bargain shoppers. Everything from furniture to Christmas wreaths can be found there. But that's another story. What I want to share with you is where we had lunch before we went to Dapitan. It was a weekday, traffic was bad and I was … [Read more...]