Smoked Duck Spicy Sesame Noodles with Zucchini


for the sauce:
1/4 cup “pure” sesame paste*
1/4-1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce
1/2 tablespoon hot sesame oil

for the duck:
1 1/2 cold, roasted duck (I used Maple Leaf Farm’s Roast Half Duck with Orange Sauce -discarded the sauce packet)
green tea leaves

to serve:
10 oz egg noodles (fresh if possible)
1 zucchini, julienned (or zoodle-d)
slightly crushed Sichuan peppercorns
chopped peanuts (optional)
sesame seeds


for the sauce: (can be made a few hours ahead of time)

Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until a smooth, pourable sauce forms, adding additional water if needed.

For the duck:

Prepare grill according to manufacturer’s instructions. Toss a handful of green tea leaves on to the coals. Grill the duck to heat it through, about 10 minutes on each side. Cool to around room temperature.


for the noodles:

Cook according to package instructions, add a couple drops of hot sesame oil to keep them from sticking and allow to cool.

for the salad: (minutes before serving)

In a large bowl, toss together the noodles, zucchini, and sauce. Top with shredded duck and a mix of other toppings.

* Not tahini, this is made from the whole sesame seed, but you can sub that if needed

My thoughts:
Okay, I really can’t claim this recipe is super authentic but it is very good! I wanted to make it with ingredients that were pretty easy to find at any well-stocked grocery store so anyone could make it. Amazon also has a ton of these ingredients very reasonably priced as well which is awesome if you truly are in the middle of nowhere. 
Since it’s cookout week, I grilled the duck (using already roasted duck speeds the process up so much and it is so easy to add a smoky flavor) and combined it with a creamy, spicy dressed noodle salad. A little unexpected but very good! Cookouts don’t just have to be about sandwiches and hot dogs and steaks! Since the duck cooks so quickly, it is easy to make on a weeknight. It’s really the perfect dish for someone who likes takeout sesame noodles but who also loves bold flavors. 

I admit, I was a little skeptical of heating up the duck on the grill but it was so good! The duck was still incredibly juicy and infused with this amazing tea-smoke flavor. This was one of our favorite dinners in seriously months. I can’t wait to make it again!

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