Ingredients (serves 2)

4 200g/7oz duck breasts
4 small pak choi, chopped
2 large baking potatoes, peeled
1 pinch saffron
50g/2oz fresh ginger
425ml/3/4pt veal stock
2tbsp honey
1tsp roasted coriander seeds, crushed
1tsp Chinese five spice
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp szechuan pepper
1 red chilli
2 shallots
2tbsp oyster sauce
Salt and pepper
1 lotus root

Method

Trim the excess fat off the duck breasts and score the skin. Blanch the pak choi and dice the potatoes into 11/2cm/1/2in cubes. Cook in saffron and salted water making sure they keep firm. Peel and cut the ginger into julienne slices, add to the veal stock and reduce until thickened. Put the honey into a pan with the coriander seeds, Chinese five spice, ground ginger, szechuan pepper and deseeded chilli. Bring to the boil and allow to stand. Seal the duck breasts and cook in the oven skin side down for four minutes at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Turn the duck and glaze with the honey reduction. Rest for four minutes and slice each breast into four pieces. Slice the shallots into rings and heat in the oyster sauce. Add the pak choi, seasoning and potatoes. Arrange side by side on a plate, place the duck on top and spoon the sauce around. Garnish with lotus root crisps.