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perfection at home."
Vince Gaglioti, Fitzroy, Vic
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|01||For the master stock, heat vegetable oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat, add garlic and cook until golden (2-4 minutes). Add all ingredients and 1.5 litres of water, bring to the boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat and set aside.|
|02||Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over high heat, add duck breasts skin-side down and fry until skin is crisp and golden brown, then turn and sear on other side until golden brown (5-7 minutes). Rest on paper towels for 15-20 minutes. Add duck to master stock, bring to the simmer and cook until meat is tender and cooked through (1-1½ hours). Remove duck from stock and slice across the grain into 4cm pieces. Set aside.|
|03||Stir sugar with 200ml water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook without stirring until a dark caramel forms (8-10 minutes), then remove from heat.|
|04||For rendang paste, blend chillies, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and onion in a food processor to a paste, adding a little water if mixture is too thick. Heat oil in a frying pan over low heat and fry curry paste, stirring continuously, until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Add curry leaves, paprika and curry powder, stir to combine, add chicken stock, coconut and ½ cup of dark caramel or to taste (you may not need it all). Stir to combine, reduce heat and simmer until curry has thickened (45 minutes to 1 hour). Add duck, season to taste with salt, stir in lemon juice and serve over rice.|
Note Dried liquorice root and Malaysian curry powder are available from Asian food stores and online at herbies.com.au.