Sunday, March 21, 2021

Chili Plum Sauce

Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination of all three. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken. 

Food Lust People Love: Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken.

Several years ago, we were discussing our Christmas dinner menu and our elder daughter suggested roast duck, Peking-style. I was intrigued because I don’t think I’d ever roasted a whole duck. (Although once I came close.)

We love pan-fried duck breast so even when I came across a whole duck when we lived in Cairo, I broke it down so I could pan-fry the breasts and confit the legs and thighs. And we adore classic cassoulet. I guess you could say we are duck people. 

And, of course, I’ve eaten roast duck in Chinese restaurants so I knew that the skin had to be shatteringly crispy and that it’s often served with plum sauce, which I usually find too sweet. So while my trial duck dried out, I searched for plum sauce recipes that would suit my palate. Adding chili peppers seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately the original blog I adapted my recipe from is no longer active on the interwebs or I would share the link.

This was in our front room so it got a few second glances from the neighbors as they passed by. 

I’m pleased to tell you that trial duck was fabulous and we did indeed have roast duck for Christmas that year and most years since till 2020 shut us down as a family who could get together. Last year, we just couldn't do the same menu because there was just no way to pretend that things were normal. I have high hopes for 2021.  

Trial bird was a crispy success. Maybe one day I'll post that recipe.

Chili Plum Sauce

This recipe makes a generous 6 2/3 cups or 1575ml of chili plum sauce. Feel free to halve it but when plums are at their peak and a bargain to buy this summer, why not make the whole batch? You can use it in the traditional moo shu pancakes with roasted duck or as a marinade or dipping sauce for pork or chicken. I have also been known to whisk it into a vinaigrette with olive oil and a little extra vinegar, which is lovely on a green salad or over sliced cucumbers. 

Ingredients
2 small red chili peppers
9-10 cloves garlic
4-inch piece fresh ginger
18 plums (Mine weighed about 3 1/2 lbs or 1600g) 
2 cups or 480ml red wine vinegar
1 2/3 cups or 332g sugar
1 1/4 cups or 296ml reduced salt light soy sauce
2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns

Method
Cut the plums in half and remove the stones. Then cut them into small chunks.


Use the tip of a sharp knife to split your chili peppers. Peel and slice the ginger and garlic. 


Add the plums to a heavy bottomed pan and cook for 20 minutes over medium-low heat.


Add the chili peppers, garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and Sichuan peppercorns and bring the mixture to the boil.


Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover with a lid and simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until the plums have softened completely.

Carefully blend the hot mixture to a purée in batches in a food processor or straight in the pot with a hand blender.


Strain the purée through a sieve into a bowl. Pour the hot plum sauce into sterilized jars. 


Enjoy with roast duck, chicken or pork! 

Food Lust People Love: Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken.

Here are our moo shu duck pancakes!

Food Lust People Love: Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken.


It's Sunday FunDay again! Our host Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories invited us to share recipes with chili peppers, a theme that is near and dear to my heart. Many thanks to her for the great theme and her behind-the-scenes work. Check out the other chili-peppery recipes we are sharing below! 

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Food Lust People Love: Spicy, sweet and tangy, this chili plum sauce is the perfect combination. It's wonderful with duck, pork or chicken.

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