Wednesday 6 March 2013

Lunchbox Asian Duck and Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Sauce.

Brrr it's cold...the mornings are all frosty and misty but the February gloom disappeared over the weekend and Spring seems well and truly on the way. Persian New year  is only a couple of weeks away on the 20th of March which is also the First day of spring. Best of all the days seem longer and it makes getting up to do  breakfast and sort out packed lunches so much easier.

'A' is a creature of habit when it comes to packed lunch. He would happily munch peanut butter and honey sandwiches every day of the week...and almost does, apart from the odd cheddar cheese and chutney, or egg/gherkin/tomato alternative.

'H' like me, wants a little more variety and isn't a big sandwich fan.  She would much rather eat her peanut butter in an Asian peanut sauce. It's really easy to make, and perfect with duck and noodles. It's a great way to use up any left over duck...if that isn't an oxymoron. I've written the recipe below.

But back to the weather...Produce  and yarn shopping yesterday after the freezing start, I noticed the temperature on the dashboard was now 17c. I had to stop the car at Peachcroft Farm and do a 360 degrees and just take a minute and breath everything in...I could almost hear things growing...

to make Duck and Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Sauce you will need:

  • A pan fried or grilled duck breast or cold left over roasted duck
  • Noodles either glass or egg ones, cooked according to the packet instructions, then drained and reserved
  • Fresh carrots, cucumber and spring onion, cut into match 
  • For the sauce you will need equal amounts of each of the following: 
  • Maple syrup,honey or dark brown sugar 
  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Soy sauce 
  • Mirin, rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut cream ( I use the creamy top part of a can of coconut milk)
About a couple of tbsp of each of the above makes enough for three or four servings
 You will also need some spice:
  • A couple of cloves of garlic
  • About half a teaspoon of Chinese five spice
  • The same amount of ground ginger
  • Some crushed black pepper
  1. If not cooked, pan fry or grill the duck for about five minutes or so on each side until cooked. 
  2. Meanwhile prepare the noodle.
  3. Whilst everything is cooking cut the vegetables into matchsticks and put to one side
  4. Make the sauce by placing all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heating through, combining well.
  5. Then assemble the salad. Place the noodles in a lunch box or bowl. Top with vegetables and then duck. Pour over some of the sauce. 
This is a delicious sauce that is very easy to make, just combining and then heating the ingredients. We like to use crunchy peanut butter for texture but for a smooth sauce you may prefer to use smooth peanut butter. 

But what about you are you a creature of habit or do you like to try new things...have you got any good lunch box ideas to share?
bye for now


  1. after reading this post I'm kind of hungry and I want to knit with you :) Love that knitting basket!!

  2. I love my visits around your country and always the meal that is served, Debby, you are a lovely hostess. Truthfully, I feel like it's a wonderful visit across the pond when I come to your space it, it's all so lovely and I wish it were in person.

    What sock pattern are you using? That is one pretty sock.

    1. Ah thanks Tracey, you know the feeling is mutual.

      The sock pattern is so easy and a joy to knit after making Hannah's very long ones. It's from "The Joy of Sox"page 59. They are called Quickie Socks, and they really are. You could make a pair in an evening...if unlike me you concentrate and don't make any mistakes and have to begin again.They have an offset rib pattern and I instinctively want to line it up. I do like them and have just begun a striped pair. I will get round to posting them on Ravelry eventually.

  3. I think I fall into the try new things category. Not sure if I have good ideas though. We usually take along "snackies" while out and about. Things like cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, hummus, nuts, etc. Not very exciting. And I agree, spring is on its way.

  4. I love hummus too...especially with beetroot, thanks for the reminder Heather.