Sunday, March 11, 2012

Duck Soup with Tomatoes, Cloves, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Coriander 蕃茄鸭汤

Braising (with five spice powder or whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks etc.) is the most popular way to cook these duck wings. But I really could not bring any energy to prepare the marinade...then marinate...and wait. So. The solution. For me. Make Soup.

Duck is considered high-quality protein (considered red meat) and has a well-balanced array of amino acids. Duck also contains generous amounts of iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 (Source:

I do have difficulty buying duck in the supermarket/grocery stores over here. Whole Foods Market sells only whole duck (which is too much for me to cook) and the smaller portions being sold are duck breast. So, the only place I could get duck is at the Asian (Chinese) Supermarket where duck wings and sometimes drumsticks can be found.

Duck Wings Soup with Tomatoes and Spices (Cinnamon, Star Anise, Coriander) 蕃茄鸭汤
Ingredients: 1 carrot, chopped to bite-size; 1 medium onion roughly chopped; 2 tomatoes, chopped to wedges; 6-8 thin slices of ginger; 3-4 cloves garlic lightly bruised; 8 duck wings; 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp turmeric; 5 cloves, 1 half-finger length cinnamon stick, 1 star anise; salt and ground white pepper to taste

Directions: Saute onions, ginger, carrot, garlic, ground coriander and turmeric, black pepper, tomatoes till flavors and aroma are released. Add the duck wings and fill up a pot with water to submerge the wings. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. This should take 30-45 mins. Then turn down heat and simmer for ~45minutes till duck wings are cooked to fork-tender. Add in cloves, star anise and cinnamon and allow to simmer at low heat for another 20-30 minutes.

Have it as a soup (side) to rice or dunk it noodles to make a one-dish!

Sharing this soup with Souper Sunday

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