Crispy Vegan ‘Duck’ with home-made hoisin sauce and wilted greens

25 Jan

This is a really good recipe if you’re craving Chinese food. I like to serve this dish with wilted greens, you can use lettuce, pak choi or cabbage. The secret of this dish is freshly made Chinese five spice seasoning and also home-made hoisin sauce. It sounds complicated but it’s not really and you will never buy shop bought sauce again. Mock Duck can look a little strange as it looks really realistic! It was traditionally eaten by Zen Buddhist monks from China and is a mixture of gluten and soy.

Chinese 5 Spice

2 tablespoons of black peppercorns
2 tablespoons of whole cloves
2 tablespoons of broken cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
6 whole star anise

Grind each ingredient separately in a spice mill or mortar. Combine and mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place. If you own a high-speed blender simply place all the ingredients in the jug and mix.

Hoi-Sin Sauce


4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons of seasoned rice vinegar
1 garlic clove, finely minced
2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Half a teaspoon of ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients for the hoisin sauce in a blender and blend, place in a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.


1 tin of mock duck, drain and marinate in soy sauce
100g plain flour
4 tablespoons Chinese 5 Spice seasoning
Oil for shallow/deep frying
Mix of vegetables.

Mix the Chinese five spice seasoning with the plain flour, cut pieces of mock duck and dip into the seasoned flour. Shallow fry the mock duck a few pieces at a time and drain on kitchen towel. Place under a medium hot grill until serving. Stir-fry vegetables and place on a platter add the crispy cooked duck on top. Pour hoisin sauce on top and enjoy!



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