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Smoked Duck Noodle Soup Recipe

Smoked Duck Noodle Soup Recipe

Smoked Duck Noodle Soup Recipe

Smoked duck noodle soup is one of the most popular street foods in Hsinchu City, known as the technology capital of Taiwan. The traditional cooking method for this dish is complicated and I have used a simplified version which will allow you to make it easily at home. Whichever way you prepare this dish, it is a thoroughly delicious dish.

Ingredients :

  • 4 duck legs
  • Cooking oil, as needed
  • Sesame oil, as needed
  • 200 g (7 oz) egg noodles
  • 100 g (31/2 oz) green vegetables of choice
  • A handful of coriander leaves


  • 1 Tbsp ground Sichuan pepper
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Shaoxing wine


  • 30 g (1 oz) spring onion
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 litre (32 fl oz / 4 cups) water
  • 3 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 piece dried tangerine peel

For Smoking the Duck

  • 150 g (51/3 oz) demerara sugar
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • 30 g (1 oz) tea leaves
  • 2 star anise

Method :

  1. Marinate the duck legs with the ingredients for the marinade. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the soup. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onion, ginger, cinnamon and star anise and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the water, soy sauce, sugar and tangerine peel and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the marinated duck legs and return to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the duck legs and set the soup aside.
  4. Line a roasting pan with a sheet of aluminium foil and spread the ingredients for smoking the duck in the pan. Place a wire rack in the pan and place the duck legs on the rack, skin side down. Cover the pan with another sheet of aluminium foil.
  5. Place the covered pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium. After 2–3 minutes, the ingredients should start
    smoking. Leave to smoke for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the duck legs from the pan and brush with some sesame oil.
  7. Debone 2 duck legs and place the duck meat in the saucepan with the soup. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
  8. Boil a pot of water and blanch the noodles and green vegetables. Divide into two bowls. Ladle some soup over and
    top with the duck legs and duck meat. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Serves 2


Source :
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan


See also Taiwanese Recipe “Home-Made Noodle Salad Recipe”