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Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup

First posted in Jan 2010, updated in Sep 2016.

Salted vegetables duck soup (咸菜鸭汤)  is one of my favourite Chinese home-cooked soup. Its salty savoury taste makes the soup addictively appetizing (开胃).

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Salted vegetables may not be the most healthy vegetable in the world, but this soup makes a tasty home treat once in a while!

Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe Szechuan Vegetable Duck Soup Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Just like Sichuan veg duck soup, I followed my mum’s tradition of using a slow cooker (crockpot) to cook this soup. Duck meat takes a longer time to cook than other meats like chicken, so the slow cooker is really useful for this recipe. With the slow cooker, one doesn’t have to spend hours watching the stove and topping up the water constantly.

Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe

To me, a delicious salted vegetables duck soup must not just be salty, it has to be mildly hot and peppery as well. In my version, the heat comes from the white peppercorn, red chilli and ginger (pictured above).

Chinese Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe

You know this soup is done when the duck meat is so tender that it just falls off the bones when it is gently touched with chopsticks.  After simmering in the crock pot for hours, the soup is rich and delicious.

Chinese Salted Veg Duck Soup Recipe

81 comments on “Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup”

  1. Hi,

    I tried this recipe for the first time today. I’m amazed with the result! My hubby loves it. His taste buds have been pampered by his mum’s fantastic culinary skills. It’s an achievement for me. :)

    I used 1.5 tsp of peppercorns and my daughter finds it too peppery but it suits my hubby. I think I’d just use 1 tsp in future. :)

    Thanks so much to the details in your easy-to-follow recipe.

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe!
    My husband has been buying this soup from a soup stall near our place a few times a week. Clearly a favourite of his. So I’m gonna surprise him tonight by making this! From the list of ingredients, I can almost tell it is gonna be better than the stall near us!

    Thanks again!

  3. This is the easiest dish to make just throw everything in but I use a pressure cooker instead. Nice clear soup you made, sometime I skid the first step. Mostly the same ingredient as yours minus the cardamon and peppercorn. However to make it tastier, I add Kross Chicken cube, smooth tofu and canned button mushroom.

  4. Tried this recipe over the weekend and I must say it is like the ones I have outside!
    Is such a comfort soup, especially when one has a mild flu.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe :D

  5. can u pls email me tis salted vege duck soup recipe?thanks..

  6. Hi Wiffy,

    Can i omit the chillies, white peppercorn and cardamon all together? As i only cooked once in a while and all this things comes in alot….

    Can i change the duck to pork?

    • You can skip the cardamon, but personally I will not omit the chillies and white pepper as I love the heat in this soup. Yes, you can chang to pork. Feel free to adapt the recipe to your preference.

  7. Can’t remember when I last time had this salted veggie duck soup…it must have been a couple of decades…my mouth is watering.

  8. Hi, i would like to cook this soup for 5person portion. May i have the ingrediants portion for 5x pax as this will be my first time trying out this soup. Thanks!

    • this recipe is good for about 3-4 people and uses half duck. I recommend since it’s your first time, you can use half duck first. Next time you can cook with whole duck and try the szechuan veg version also.

  9. Can I use black peppercorns instead of whitepepercorns?

  10. As a Teochew Indonesian man, I find this” kiam cai ark” recipe quite authentic and is quite close to mom’s recipe. Thanks for sharing, I am giving it a try tonight.

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