This multinational recipe comes from theRangoon Club, a colonial club built for the British ‘gentry’.The chefs were great innovators, especially when it came to fusingcuisines. The influence of Indian, Chinese and Western cookingare found here.
Recipe: Rangoon Roast Duck
2 tablespoons sesame oil 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons chopped ginger 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 2 tablespoons malt vinegar 2 medium onions, diced A few black peppercorns A few coriander seed 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds 2 medium tomatoes, diced 1 whole duck, (3 to 3 1/2 pounds) A little water 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger,garlic and vinegar in a large bowl. Place the duck in the bowl.Coat with the marinade and allow to marinate at room temperaturefor 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 475°F to 500°F(245°C to 260°C).
Place the onion, black peppercorns, corianderand cumin seeds and tomatoes in a roasting pan. Lay the duckon top and roast in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until done,basting frequently with the dripping fat.
When cooked, remove the duck from thepan. Skim off the fat, strain the remaining liquid and pour intoa small saucepan. Bring to the boil. Mix a little water withthe corn flour to make a thin paste. Add to the boiling liquidand whisk until the sauce thickens. It should be smooth and slightlythick. Serve the duck hot, accompanied by the sauce and somecrusty bread.
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