Happy Lunar New Year! Recipe: Char Siu Duck Breast & Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce


Happy Lunar New Year’s Eve! To celebrate the holiday this week, we’re sharing a recipe from Slow Food Seattle’s own chef Varin Keokitvon. Enjoy this recipe for Char Siu Duck Breast & Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce! 

Char Siu Duck Breast & Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce

4-6 ea farm duck breast

2 oz honey
2 oz brown sugar
2 oz lite soy sauce
2 oz hoisin
1 tbl salt
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp 5spice powder
.5 tsp white pepper ground
.5 tsp msg (optional but delicious, sorry)


1. Mix all ingredients of brine. Brine duck for 6-8hours or overnight.
2. Roast/broil/grill duck until preferred doneness. Rest 10min. Slice. Serve

Spicy Orange BBQ Sauce

1oz canola
1 ea large onion – diced
3 ea garlic clove – minced
1 tbl ginger – minced
1 tsp fennel seed
.5 tsp clove
.5 tsp allspice
1 tbl paprika (pimenton de la vera dulce is best)
1 ea habanero – or jalepeno if you prefer less spicy
4 oz brown sugar
4 oz rice vinegar
4 ea large orange – peeled, deseeded, chopped, and zested
salt – as needed

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in saucepot and cook on medium-low heat until onions are soft and lightly caramelized (20-30min).
2. Add remaining ingredients and cook another 10min. Transfer all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
3. Adjust seasoning. add more vinegar, sugar, orange juice, spice to your preference.
4. Eat


About Slow Food Seattle

Slow Food is a member-supported educational organization that envisions a food system based on the principles of quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean, and fair.

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