just what an honor to have another cookbook writer gracing the cover of Rasa Malaysia…introducing Pat Tanumihardja of “The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook“—a gorgeous and beautifully written cookbook circulated in Oct 2009 with food photography by Lara Ferroni. After some duration ago, Pat welcomed us to share my loved ones’s recipes in her own book, especially dishes from my belated grandmother who was a Nyonya. While I was overrun by the possibility, I switched it down on the mere reason that I’d always “save” the recipes for my future cookbook task, as it pertains along. “The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook” is very easily one of the best cookbooks in 2010, so please welcome Pat to see the woman Teochew braised duck or Lo Ack/滷鸭 guest post below.
When I ended up being developing up in Singapore, my mama would sometimes buying an entire or half duck—succulent, slick with soy sauce, and extremely tasty—from the nearby hawker center to augment our supper. My siblings and I also would dig in heartily, devouring every section of the bird. Therefore we, a household of dark meat enthusiasts, constantly emerged away with happy grins on our faces, as unlike with a complete chicken, no body must deal with white animal meat. While mum is a fabulous prepare, I remember wishing that she would be also busy to cook more frequently.
Since moving into the U.S., I experienced long stored these thoughts away. Not because we don’t like duck anymore but within the U.S., things basically various. There is no uncle during the hawker stall coming to proffer their most useful bird, nor does it price only $5 for a whole cooked duck. You’d be hard-pressed to even get a hold of an individual duck breast for that sum of money! I really do enjoy duck whenever I consume on at restaurants but I’d never ever cooked duck yourself thinking its planning most readily useful relegated to French cooks and duck die-hards.
All of this changed once I was performing analysis for my cookbook The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook, Residence Cooking from Asian United states Kitchens. I happened on a gem of a recipe from my great friend’s mom that is Singaporean. Redolent with Chinese and Southeast Asian tastes, and best of all of the, oh-so-easy, this meal was already a winner in my own publications before we tasted it.
As soon as I tested it during my kitchen area, I happened to be head-over-heels in love.
While this braised duck recipe does not possess specific DNA regarding the duck of my childhood memories, it comes close enough. I have long discovered that as an immigrant, you have to adjust and shift your objectives whether or not it concerns your palate or life generally. With that in mind, I hope you like it also.