2 chicken breasts
2 spring onions
1 small continental or Lebanese cucumber
20 Chinese Peeking Duck pancakes (available from Chinese grocery stores)
Hoi Sin Sauce
2 tbsp Hoi Sin sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp garlic, crushed
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
pinch Chinese 5 spice powder (optional)
Trim the chicken breast of all fat and place in a glass or non-reactive dish. Mix together the marinade ingredients, and thoroughly coat the chicken. Leave in the fridge for several hours, or as long as you have. After the chicken has had time to marinate, cook it for 20-25 minutes in a 180C/356F oven.
Cut the cucumber into 5 cm sections and then into matchsticks. Do the same with the spring onions using only the white and light green part of the onion.
Heat the pancakes. I steam mine in a bamboo steamer lined with round parchment paper with holes in it that I get from the Chinese grocer. You can also microwave them.
Once the chicken is cooked, cut it into slices or strips.
Look how light and fluffy the pancakes are when you steam them.
Lay everything out on the table, so each person can make their own pancakes. In a Chinese restaurant, the waiter would normally carve the duck in front of you.
To make the pancake, smear some sauce onto the centre of the pancake, and top with slices of chicken, cucumber and onion.
Wrap up and enjoy
Serve with Chinese jasmine or Oolong tea.
Notes & Variations:
You could also try adding a little soy sauce to the marinade for a deeper colour and flavour.
Tian Mian Jiang is a sweet bean sauce that is used with Peeking duck pancakes. It's not easy to get, so you can use Hoi Sin or maybe plum sauce instead.
Traditionally these pancakes are served as part of a banquet. After using the layer of skin and fat for the pancakes, the chef would then use the duck meat in various dishes such as san choy bau or a stir fry and finish with a soup made from the duck bones. If you live in Sydney and want to know where to get the best Peeking duck and san choy bau, see Not Quite Nigella's thoughts here. I don't know how they ate so much duck in one night?