Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup
First posted in Jan 2010, updated in Sep 2016.
Salted vegetables duck soup (咸菜鸭汤) is one of my favourite Chinese home-cooked soup. Its salty savoury taste makes the soup addictively appetizing (开胃).
Salted vegetables may not be the most healthy vegetable in the world, but this soup makes a tasty home treat once in a while!
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Just like Sichuan veg duck soup, I followed my mum’s tradition of using a slow cooker (crockpot) to cook this soup. Duck meat takes a longer time to cook than other meats like chicken, so the slow cooker is really useful for this recipe. With the slow cooker, one doesn’t have to spend hours watching the stove and topping up the water constantly.
To me, a delicious salted vegetables duck soup must not just be salty, it has to be mildly hot and peppery as well. In my version, the heat comes from the white peppercorn, red chilli and ginger (pictured above).
You know this soup is done when the duck meat is so tender that it just falls off the bones when it is gently touched with chopsticks. After simmering in the crock pot for hours, the soup is rich and delicious.