Duck with Kumara, Bok Choy and Plum Jus
Duck is such a treat. This is a nice, easy meal to impress – perfect for a special occasion.
The sweetness of the kumara tastes amazing with the rich duck with it’s flavour from the five-spice, but what will really impress is the incredibly flavourful plum jus. The duck skin may look a bit blackened after cooking, but don’t worry – this is just the five-spice. Duck breast is best cooked medium; the flesh should be a pale rosy pink colour, like medium-cooked lamb.
- orange kumara 400g, peeled and chopped
- butter 1 small knob
- milk 2-3 tablespoons
Duck and plum jus
- duck breast 2, at room temperature
- Chinese five-spice 1 teaspoon
- red wine ¼ cup
- canned plums 2, stone removed
- plum juice 1/3 cup (from the can)
- soy sauce 2 teaspoons (GF if required)
- rice vinegar 1 teaspoon
- brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons
- baby bok choy 3, quartered lengthways
- sesame oil 1 teaspoon
- soy sauce 1 teaspoon (GF if required)
- Bring a medium-size pot of salted water to the boil. Bring a full kettle to the boil.
- Cook kumara in pot of boiling water until soft, 10-12 minutes. Drain and mash with butter and milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
- While kumara is cooking, trim duck breasts of excess overhanging fat. Rub in Chinese five-spice and season both sides with salt. Heat a dry fry-pan (no oil) on medium heat. Cook duck breasts, skin-side-down, for 4-5 minutes until most of the fat has rendered out and the skin is golden brown. Turn breasts over and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until duck is cooked through medium (the flesh inside should be a pale rosy pink). Set aside and cover with foil to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Drain liquid fat from pan, wipe it out with paper towels and reheat to medium heat. Pour in red wine and allow it to bubble away for 30 seconds. Add plums, plum juice, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Mash plums in the sauce with a fork and simmer for 2-3 minutes until sauce is slightly reduced.
- Place bok choy in a dish and cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 2-3 minutes until bright green and just tender. Drain and toss with sesame oil and soy sauce. Slice duck breasts on an angle.
- To serve, spoon some kumara mash and bok choy onto each plate. Top with slices of duck breast and spoon over some plum jus.