Thursday, June 18, 2015

Roasted Duck Wings with Garlic Chile Mai Fun






     Duck Wings!
     Every chef does chicken wing recipes of some kind.  Chickens are not the only birds that have wings!  Chinese BBQ restaurants often sell Roasted Duck Wings.  Asian restaurants that have a street vendor style food theme sometimes offer duck wings on the menu too.   
     Duck wings taste great when they are prepared Asian style.  Even though duck wings are not always as meaty as chicken wings, they still are a nice snack.  Asian style duck wings are a nice appetizer for New Year's Eve and football game parties.  

     Usually the best place to purchase duck wings is at an Asian food market that has a busy butcher shop.  Chinatown in Las Vegas has several large busy Asian food markets, so finding meaty duck wings is easy to do.  Asian butchers usually set the small duck wings aside for making soup broth.  The larger meatier duck wings are then packaged and sold at a reasonable price.  The duck wings that I got at an Asian food market for today's recipe were all large and meaty! 
     Duck wings cannot be prepared like buffalo wings.  Deep frying or cooking the wings in a short amount of time will result in tough chewy duck wings.  Duck wings have to be marinated and slow cooked, so the meat will be tender.

     Roasted Duck Wings:
     A marinade does not have to drown the item that it marinates!  All a marinade needs to do is coat the item that needs marination.  This way an excess amount of marinade is not needlessly wasted.  When a small amount of marinade is used, it may be necessary to toss the duck wings with the marinade occasionally.
     Step 1:  Place 3 tablespoons of thin soy sauce in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/4 cup of water.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar.
     Add 1 teaspoon of ginger paste.
     Add 2 minced garlic cloves.
     Add 2 pinches of Chinese five spice powder.
     Add 1 small pinch of Chinese chile powder.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
     Add 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Sir the marinade.
     Step 2:  Cut the wing tips off of 5 or 6 whole duck wings and save them for making broth for another recipe.
     Cut through the wing joint on each duck wing, to separate the wing from the drummette.
     Place the duck wings in the marinade. 
     Marinate the duck wings in a refrigeratore for 2 hours.  Toss the wings with the marinade occasionally.
     Step 3:  Brush a small roasting pan with vegetable oil.
     Drain the marinade off of the duck wings.
     Slowly roast the duck wings in a 300ºF oven, till they are fully cooked and lightly browned.  (Be sure to flip the duck wings occasionally, so they do not stick to the pan.)

     Roasted Duck Wings with Garlic Chile Mai Fun:
     Mai Fun is Chinese style thin vermicelli rice noodles.  Mai Fun can be found at most grocery stores and Asian food markets.  
     Add 2 pinches of turmeric to the boiling water, if you want the noodles to have a pale yellow color, like the noodles in the photo examples above.
     Be sure to have all of the ingredients ready before starting a stir fry recipe! 
     Step 1:  Cook 1 portion of mai fun in boiling water over high heat, till they are fully cooked.  
     Drain the water off of the noodles.
     Cool the noodles in a container of ice water while stirring, so they gain a nice chewy texture.
     Drain the water off the noodles and set them aside.
     Step 2:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan or seasoned wok over medium heat.
     Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
     Add 6 coarse chopped garlic cloves.  (The garlic should be chunky!)
     Add 3 tablespoons of diced onion.
     Add 1 diced seeded green jalapeño pepper.
     Add 2 tablespoons of diced red bell pepper.
     Sauté till the garlic is aromatic and the vegetables start to become tender.
     Step 3:  Add the reserved mai fun noodles and immediately start tossing them in the hot oil.
     Toss the noodles in the hot oil, till they just start to fry crisp.
     Add sea salt and white pepper while tossing the noodles.
     Step 4:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Place the garlic chile mai fun on a plate as a bed for the duck wings.  Try to leave any excess oil in the pan.
     Mound the roasted duck wings on the garlic chile mai fun noodles.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of crushed dried red pepper over the duck wings.
     No garnish is necessary!

     Viola!  A nice plate of tasty roasted duck wings and garlic chile noodles!

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