Ducking Unbelievable!

So, I've been fancying attempting a jackfruit version of Chinese crispy duck since I first tried the wonder fruit about a year ago. Despite having had a couple of tins in the cupboard for a while, I've been a bit lazy and scaredy bum to try it, in case it was a huge disappointment and I'd ruin both jackfruit and the memories of crispy duck flavours for myself. Turns out I had nothing to fear! This shit works, man! I just had a dinner I never thought I'd be able to have again. Plus, I made plum sauce for the first time, which is pretty cool. Not sure what to do with the rest of it now though. I wonder if it'll dehydrate...hmm Not that I'm obsessed. I definitely haven't started buying things just to dehydrate.

Anyway, I'm not going to go on, you all know what Chinese crispy duck is. This is it, just minus the evil. And it's so bloody easy! And you feel so much less crappy demolishing the lot, as it's just fruit, baby! So, why the hell wouldn't you?! Do it. Do it now!

Ducking Unbelievable

should probably serve 4, but was definitely finished by 2 people here

for the duck
2 x 482g tins of young jackfruit in brine
sesame oil
1 tsp ginger, grated finely
2 tbsp tamari
4 tbsp Chinese five spice
1 tsp Szechuan pepper, crushed
splash of water

for the plum sauce
10 plums, stone removed
2 tbsp Chinese 5 spice
5 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp tamari
1/2 tsp chilli powder
splash of water

to serve
6 spring onions, shredded
3/4 cucumber, julienne
rice paper wraps

  1. Put all of the plum sauce ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until smooshy (technical term). Allow to cool whilst you prep the ducky.
  2. Preheat your oven to gas mark 6 or equivalent.
  3. Chop the hard centres off the jackfruit slices, but don't throw them away, that's wasteful. Just chop them finely.
  4. Heat some sesame oil in a pan, over a medium to low heat. Throw in your jackfruit, five spice, tamari and ginger and stir constantly whilst cooking, to break down the jackfruit into shreds as it softens. If it starts to stick, add a splash of water and keep cooking until fully shredded. Should take about 10 minutes.
  5.  Spread your ducky out into a single layer on a baking sheet. Shred any remaining chunky bits with 2 forks. Pop in the top of the oven for 18 - 25 minutes or until a good portion of your jackfruit shreds are dark and crispy.
  6. Serve!
  7. Elbow your partner in the nipple to get the last bit of crispy ducky goodness!
  8. Feel satisfied that even though it didn't look like it, you had at least 3 different portions of fruit and veg in this meal.


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