what the &*%#**!!! is a Buddhist Duck?
Husband went to a local Asian market looking for duck. He found a frozen one which was labeled "buddhist duck". We thawed today. It is kind of a scrawny duck with feet intact and no little package of entrails inside. Would love to know more about this fowl.
Anyone have knowledge of the various subtleties of ducks found in Asian markets?
I'm not sure excatly but it costs $11.95 at the New Hawaii Sea restaurant in the Bronx....
New Hawaii Sea
1475 WILLIAMSBRIDGE RD ·
BRONX, NY 10461
Actually, I think it's Tofu in a configuration that replicates a real duck, only the head and feet are somehow attached/included.
I believe it's one that's prepared in a specific way for cooking as a religious offering. Buddhist vegetarian duck is a whole nother thing.
It's similar to Buddhist style chicken. Buddhist style chickens are generally scrawny because they are able to roam free. The chickens most Americans tend to eat have been factory raised in coops where they are not allowed to roam which leads to a fattier chicken.
I've only cooked a whole duck twice in my entire life. First one was a regular duck. Second one was Buddhist style duck. There was indeed less fat rendered off the Buddhist one.
Here's an old NYT article that talks about Buddhist chickens.
re: Miss Needle
We've talked about this on the San Francisco Bay Area board, here's the post with a link to the regs,
The difference in fat content between the two ducks could also be related to breed. The ducks sold in Chinese markets in SF are Pekin and they're smaller with less gobs of fat than others.