Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Red Duck Curry With Lychees


3 duck drumsticks (about 650g), cut into 3 pieces
100ml lychee syrup
1 cup water (approx)
about 10 drained canned lychees
fish sauce, to taste
150ml coconut cream
1 lime juice 
3 kaffir lime leaves
coriander leaves, for garnishing

Grounded Ingredients:
2 tbsp chilli powder
150g shallots
50g garlic
40g tumeric
40g galangal
2 stalks of lemongrass
5 candlenuts
4 coriander roots

  • In a frying pan, over medium heat,  fry the duck, skin-side down for about 5 minutes to render the fat.  Turn over and fry lightly to brown the duck.  Transfer onto a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat and add about 1 tbsp of oil into the pan.  Stir fry the grounded ingredients until aromatic; add about 1/4 cup coconut cream and bring to the boil.  
  • Add in duck, water and lychee syrup.  Bring to the boil and simmer until duck is tender. Stir occasionally. 
  • Add in the remaining coconut cream, lychees and kaffir lime leaves.  Season with fish sauce and lime juice.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. This must be so delicious with the spice mix and lychees. I have never had duck in a curry before.

  2. Oooh, this is something really new to me becoz I have not seen cooking curry putting lycee in. Mmmm....this is be really delicious! Is it really good having the lycee & syrup in it? I might hesitate to put it it.....

    1. Phong Hong & Mel: First time I had this, I fell in love with it. Unfortunately I couldn't replicate the exact taste. If you like lychee then you might like it but then it is individual taste.

  3. Love red duck curry, especially with the lychees! Gotta make this soon, thanks for posting!

  4. I love duck curry very much. This is a must order menu if we go to our fav local Thai restaurant. I want to learn to cook this dish.

    I make ur char kuih kak not long after u posted on ur blog...turn out so good. I will try to post it as soon after I finish with my mooncake post. Thanks

    1. Looking forward to see your version of char kuih kak, Li Shuan.

  5. What a beautiful curry. Love the idea of putting lychees in curry. I don't eat duck much, but I suppose this works with chicken too?

    1. I cooked chicken in this curry before and it still taste delicious.

  6. Minty, this is my fav dish to order in the Thai restaurant & I havent had this for such a long time. I actually copied down this recipe(similar) from a cookbook that I borrowed from the community library in few weeks ago but since I'm on a chilli & fried food free diet, I can only appreciating the dish through the blog. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have never use duck to cook curry, had it once in a Thai restaurant. Your duck curry look so tempting!

  8. This looks good! What a unique pairing, the lychees give an exotic feel to the dish!

    1. Thanks for visiting! You are quite right, I do think the lychees lends an exotic feel to the otherwise ordinary curry dish.

  9. Oh my Veron, this duck with lychee dish sounded so scrumptious and looks really irresistible too. Hmmm...yummm...


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