Preparation time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
To serve: 4
You will need
10 oz. duck meat without bone
3 pieces canned pineapple
½ pint sherry
¼ pint water
1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon monosodigum glutamate
2 tablespoons pineapple syrup
1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water
8 canned cherries
Cube the duck meat and divide each piece of pineapple into four pieces. Cook the duck in a saucepan with sherry and water for 20 minutes. Add soy sauce, sugar, monosodium glutamate, pineapple syrup and cornflour mixture. Stir till boiling and boil for 5 minutes. Add pineapple and cherries and cook for about 1 minute. Remove to a heated dish and serve hot.
Why do we use cornflour in many Chinese dishes?
Cornflour helps you in three ways:
1) Coating – Cornflour gives meat a light coating that not only makes the meat tender, but also retains the flavour.
2) Thickening – The thickness of the gravy and soup depends upon the amount of cornflour used; these vary in different dishes, as a sweet and sour pork dish should be fairly thick and Peking sour soup should be lighter.
3) Holding – Cornflour works wonderfully for holding minced meat together and for keeping the moisture in. It is used in meatball dishes.
© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968