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Mar 13, 2011 02:12 PM

Duck heads?

Was at a local asian market yesterday and they had packages of duck heads in their fresh meat case. Anyone know what they are used for?

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  1. I can only think of two......

    First for soup stock, but there i question if there is enough substance to make it worth while for me. Second, you could roast the heads if you like to pick at the skin.

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    1. re: fourunder

      After roasting, split the skull & dig our the nugget of brains.

      I know it sounds gross, but duck and squab heads used to be reserved for the most senior, honored diner at the table who might give a half to a young child as a special treat.

      1. re: Stephanie Wong

        I've never been completely sure whether to be horrified or fascinated by the ability to use every last molecule of an animal in Asian cooking.

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          I haven't seen roasted duck heads, but I do know you can buy "Helmets," skewers of chicken heads at roadside grills in the Philippines. If you want something a little chewier, you can go for Adidas or Walkmans, chicken feet and pig ears respectively.

      2. I haven't seen heads sold by themselves, but whole ducks are usually sold with the heads on in Asian groceries. In fact major duck producers in USA have separate processing lines, one that removes the head, the other that leaves it on. I wouldn't surprised if half the ducks produced in the USA are sold this way.

        I have also seen packages of duck tongues. Haven't bought those, but have bought duck gizzards on occasion.

        1. Tongues still attached?
          They are delicious.
          Split em, roast em and pick away.