Chinese Shreded Crispy Duck (UK Style)
As an ex-pat Brit, living in Perth, I have found it impossible to find Chinese Crispy Shredded Duck served in the same manner that we get it in Chinese retaurants in the UK.
UK style has the pancakes, cucumber etc but the duck is served skin on and shredded (normally shredded at your table by your waiter). It has been cooked so it is soo delicious and crispy that having it skin on it no problem.
In Perth when I've ordered duck with pancakes it has been served sliced with the skin on but it is far from crispy and has a big white layer of fat. It came pre wrapped in the pancake which involved unwrapping, cutting the fat off etc. Not the experience I was after.
Does anyone know where I might find Chinese duck served UK style in this manner within the Perth area or even Melbourne?
P.S. When in Melbourne recently I couldn't find any either but I'm going back in September and am willing to try again.
Thank you in advance.
apologies in advance for this response, but your post really made me laugh. Perspective is a funny thing.
Having lived in the UK, I always thought the duck there was overcooked, dry and stringy and didn't like it much in comparison to the "aussie version".
Having said that, it should be served - presented whole, sliced and served at the table.
I think you will struggle to find what you are after in Australia... but perhaps persevere with the quest as it should be cooked enough not to be too fatty, but decadent nonetheless...
Unfortunately, in my experience (I have travelled a lot), along with decent sweet chilli crispy shredded beef, you are not going to find it in a restaurant outside the UK. You will have to make it yourself
Crispy shredded duck is a very British-Chinese dish - same as Manchurian chicken is an Indian-Chinese dish (which you'd be hard-pressed to find outside India) or Mushu pork is an American-Chinese dish. It's also very different from Peking duck, and therein lies the British crispy duck's unique appeal. Unlike the Peking duck, which had gone through an elaborate process of being pumped full of air, marinated, hung dry, then roasted in a wood-fired oven, a British crispy duck is basically deep-fried, resulting in a drier texture.
I really liked crispy shredded duck whenever I visit London, and my personal fave spot for that is Fung Shing in Lisle Street. It was impossible to find British-style crispy shredded duck in Singapore until London's Royal China opened a branch at the Raffles Hotel a few years back. Finally, Singaporeans can have authentic British crispy shredded duck without having to fly 14 hours to the UK.
Alex, if you really miss it, make it yourself.
That texture you are after, that everyone is calling stringy, that shreds, it's from cooking the duck longer than we do here for Chinese barbecue. Either buy a chinese duck and roast it on low for a bit longer, till you can pull it apart easily with a fork, or just roast a fresh duck with five spice and some ginger, spring onion and star anise in the cavity. Try Delia Smith for timing, I know she has a simple roasting method that turns out crispy skin and meat that was overcooked to me but probably just right for shredding. Buy a really good hoi sin sauce, from an asian grocer, not the supermarket and you can use spring roll wrappers for the pancakes if you asian grocer doesn't carry proper ones.
I know what it's like to miss your own versions of things. Your crispy shredded duck, available at any supermarket, was my haf-ta-do substitute for Chinese roast duck when we lived in Smalltown England.
In the meantime, do try our version again. You should never get a big fat cold layer of fat so go somewhere else.
Oh! Just realised OP was years ago! He's probably back 'ome by now, with his duck, leaving us to ours :)
Alex, You can get this dish with pancakes and dipping sauce at Happy Star Noodle House in Myaree.
The owners used to own a Chinese restaurant in the UK (Manchester I think). It is exactly as you described.
They have just added it to their list of Special Dishes on the whitboard on the wall.