I bought half a duck from chinatown the other day, and it was fucking delicious. So now I have a bunch of fat and skin and bones and juice left over, and it's too tasty to throw away. Any advice on how to make soup out of it?
1. Make a stock first but leave the skin out to keep it from being too salty - you can recrisp the skin and add it back to the soup just before serving.
2. You'll want to skim the stock before turning into soup, otherwise it will be overwhelmingly fatty.
3. Ginger, banana peppers,and napa cabbage go well in roast duck soup. Don't even think about adding potatoes, more than a little bit of tomato, or any dairy.
1. The scum isn't equivalent to fat.
2. I recommend taking the fat off after cooling the soup anyway, because I like to cook with it.
3. The amount of fat you get from a duck (or half a duck) is significantly more than from frying ground beef.
I prefer to roast the bones before making duck soup as I find that, otherwise, the soup is too musky (even if the duck has been cooked).