Vegetarian Hoisin Pancakes – Peking Duck, without the Duck. Quack.

Now one of my favourite recipes is Crispy Peking Duck. Chewy duck, slathered with hoisin sauce; what’s not to like? Well if you’re a vegetarian, basically – the duck. However, as an avid reader of the BBC’s Good Food Magazine, I discovered a vegetarian option.

I mean it’s not crispy, it’s not duck, but its got hoisin sauce in it so it can’t be too far off. What’s the magic ingredient? Mushrooms.

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Now the basic format for this creation is a) a mushroom concoction, b) hoisin sauce, c) wraps, d) cucumber and e) spring onion (and e) wine). Here’s a bit of detail:

  • Just under a pound of mushrooms (here we used chestnut, shiitake, oyster, shimeji)
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • oil
  • bottle of hoisin sauce
  • half cucumber, cut into strips
  • 5 spring onions, cut into strips
  • mini tortillas (or proper Chinese style pancakes if you can find them, or even make them – right, of course you can  on a Monday night)

Dead easy. Heat up some oil in a wok and add the oil, spice, soy, rice wine, sugar and mushrooms:

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Cook down until the liquid evaporates:

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And that, my culinary friends, is basically that. All you need to do now is heat up some wraps in the microwave. Lay everything out in separate bowls, to maximise the amount of washing up for later:

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Prepare your wrap: spread some hoisin sauce on the wrap. Spoon some mushrooms onto the saucy bread thing and then pile on some cucumber and spring onion. Roll and chew. That’s right roll and chew. These things go down faster than Fanny Hill on a Saturday night. Lets take a look (at the pancakes, not Fanny Hill):

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Honestly, you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference between these and real crispy peking duck (unless you really like duck in which case you will notice the difference straight away).

29 thoughts on “Vegetarian Hoisin Pancakes – Peking Duck, without the Duck. Quack.

  1. Thanks for this recipe! A friend made it the other day along with roasted duck to add variety to the pancake fillings. I loved the Peking duck filling, but these were just as good, if not better!
    I’m curious what kind of oil you used. I also wonder if adding mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine) instead of a regular rice wine would allow me to omit the sugar? The sweetness in the mirin comes from naturally fermented sugars, so it’s not refined.
    One tip: I made an all-natural home-made (and sugar free!) hoisin sauce and it beats the bottled stuff by a million taste buds! It’s also very easy to make (just ten minutes), it’s healthier (with miso and maple syrup, and without any additives or extra salt) and it keeps for a while in the fridge. I even froze some, but still have to see how it turns out when it’s thawed. I swear, after making this stuff I never returned to the bottled variety! It’s simply tastier: http://onehungrymama.com/2014/01/7-minute-homemade-hoisin-sauce-recipe-vegan-dairy-free/

  2. Thanks for this recipe! A friend made it the other day along along with roasted duck to add variety to the pancake fillings. I love duck but these were just as good, if not better!
    I’m curious what kind of oil you used. I also wonder if using mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine) instead of a regular rice wine would allow me to omit the sugar? The sweetness in the mirin comes from naturally fermented sugars, so they aren’t refined.
    One tip: I made a home-made all-natural (and sugar free!) hoisin sauce and it beats the bottled stuff by a million taste buds! It’s also healthier (with miso and maple syrup) and it keeps for a while in the fridge. I even froze some, but till have to see how it turns out when it’s thawed. I swear, after making this stuff I never returned to the bottled variety! It’s simply tastier and without any additives. http://onehungrymama.com/2014/01/7-minute-homemade-hoisin-sauce-recipe-vegan-dairy-free/

  3. I like the wine in the photo. That’s how I cook as well 🙂 Love duck. Interesting recipe. We don’t fall into duck here very often but I would love to try this. Next time I’m in the San Fran area I’ll pick some up.

  4. This is just what I’ve been looking for! Cheaper, healthier(?), more environmentally friendly but still delicious hoisin pancakes. Thanks for the idea – adding it to my ‘new veggies recipes to try’ list.

  5. When I read the headline, I thought you had finally lost it. On reading the detail, I see that you have probably found it instead. Lovely looking dish, duck or no. Two points to note.
    1. The glass of white wine is not lost on me (or you no doubt).
    2. The styling in the last shot is pretty awesome.
    Best,
    Conor

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