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Sichuan Vegetable Duck Soup

This Sichuan vegetable duck soup (四川菜鸭汤) is my mum’s specialty dish. It’s so good, that whenever I see fresh half cut duck available at the supermarket, I consider it my lucky day and will buy it without hesitation to make this soup.

Szechuan Vegetable Duck Soup

This duck soup is salty, savoury and very appetizing (开胃). After simmering in the crock pot for hours, the soup is really rich and the duck meat is so tender that it just falls off the bones.

Szechuan Vegetable Duck Soup Recipe

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It may seem like a straight-forward Chinese soup where you dump everything in the pot to simmer, but the duration of soaking the Sichuan (Szechuan) vegetable can be tricky. The vegetable is preserved in a very salty brine. If you do not soak it prior to using, it will be too salty for consumption.

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On the other hand, when over-soaked, the Szechuan veg becomes tasteless and useless for the soup. So my mum’s method and duration of soaking (explained in the printable recipe) is really precise for making this soup a success.

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I also 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.

Szechuan Vegetable Duck Soup Recipe

9 comments on “Sichuan Vegetable Duck Soup”

  1. You have me miss my mom’s duck soup :-! This for sure looks very appetizing and moreish!

  2. Must be very tasty and satisfying ♥

  3. What is a Sichuan vegetable ball?

  4. Have not had this soup in a long while!

  5. Hi , Thanks for posting. May I know if I use a pressure cooker for the soup would that save some time in getting the right flavour for the soup? Any idea how long should I cook with pressure cooker ?

  6. Hi what kind of sour plum do I use? There are so many kinds in the supermarket! Sorry for thI silly question!l

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