Many of us will remember the distinctive taste of duck pancakes from our pre-vegan days, but did you know it’s possible to replicate this with plant-based ingredients? With more and more of us trying to save pennies amid the cost of living crisis, these vegan duck pancakes are meat-free and easy to make at home for your next vegan fakeaway recipe.
While the idea of “vegan duck” would have been unthinkable a few years ago, it’s now possible to create plant-based versions of pretty much any meat. This particular recipe comes from BOSH!, and is part of their new cooking MEAT, which features vegan recipes for many traditionally animal product-heavy dishes. BOSH! is made up of two UK-based chefs named Ian Theasby and Henry Firth.
“Our seventh book MEAT is a book that would have been impossible to write when we released our first book BOSH!, only five years ago,” they told Plant Based News. “Plant based food options have increased in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible when we first went vegan, almost nine years ago.”
What is vegan duck?
Vegan duck broadly refers to a plant-based food that has been made to replicate the taste and texture of duck. While it’s harder to find at supermarket than meat analogues like sausages and burgers, some stores do stock ready made plant-based duck products on their shelves. Alternatively, you can make your own vegan duck at home – and this recipe teaches you to do just that.
Jackfruit as a meat alternative
To create their plant-based duck, Theasby and Firth use jackfruit. Jackfruit has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years thanks to the rising popularity of veganism, vegetarianism, and flexitarianism. Jackfruit is a relative of figs and mulberries. It is thought to have originated in southwest India, but it grows in countries including the Philippines, East Indies, Malaysia, and Thailand. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit there is, and it can grow up to three feet long.
Jackfruit contains a number of nutritional benefits. It features vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, riboflavin, protein, fibre, magnesium, and potassium.
It has a similar taste to mango and pineapple when eaten raw, but it’s hugely versatile when cooked. It’s often used as a meat alternative in dishes like curries and tacos thanks to its shredded meaty texture.
Where to buy jackfruit
Jackfruit is readily available in canned form in many supermarkets, and you can use this to create whatever vegan meat recipe you have in mind – including these vegan duck pancakes.
Vegan duck pancake recipe
This vegan fakeaway recipe serves two if you’re eating it for your main, or four if for a starter. It makes 12 pancakes. If you prefer, 600g of king oyster mushrooms can be used in the place of jackfruit. Simply swap them out and follow the same instructions.
For the duck
- 1 400g tin jackfruit in water, or mock duck
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp chicken seasoning
- 2 tsp Chinese five-spice
- pinch of sea salt
For the pancakes
- 1 medium cucumber
- 8 spring onions
- handful of coriander
- 12 Chinese pancakes
- 2 tbsp plant-based plum sauce
For the sauce
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 1 heaped tsp shop-bought ginger and garlic paste
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
- juice of 1/2 and orange
- Preheat oven to 180C
First, prepare the duck
- Drain and pat-dry the jackfruit, then place into a large baking tray and shred using two forks until it has a pulled-like consistency (remove any seeds – they look a little like cannellini beans)
- Add the olive oil, toasted sesame oil, chicken seasoning, Chinese five-spice and salt
- Mix well until all of the jackfruit is coated in the oil and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked and crispy, tossing halfway through to ensure they are cooked evenly
Prepare the rest of the ingredients
- Trim and halve the cucumber lengthways then scoop out the seeds with a spoon
- Cut the two long halves into thirds and cut the thirds into fine matchstick
- Trim and halve the spring onions lengthways, then cut into pieces the same length as the cucumber pieces
- Chop the coriander
Cook the pancakes
- Cook the Chinese pancakes according to the packet Instructions
Make the sauce
- Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth
Finish the duck
- Once cooked, take the jackfruit out of the oven and mix through the sauce, ensuring all of the jackfruit is coated
Time to serve
- Transfer the duck to a serving bowl
- Transfer the prepared veggies to serving bowls and put the bowls on the table
- Lay the duck, spring onions, cucumber, sesame seeds and coriander on top of the pancakes, drizzle over some plum sauce. Roll the pancakes up neatly and enjoy!
BOSH! MEAT: Over 100 Outrageously Tasty Recipes by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby (HQ,HarperCollins). RRP £22.00
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