Monday, January 7, 2013

Steamed Arrowhead with Waxed Duck 腊鸭蒸慈菇- Arrowhead Week#1

3 years back, when I did my arrowhead chips post, I did say I want to do a few recipes using Arrowheads.
Finally I did it this year :) I'm a slow blogger, LOL. Very slow.

This is a dish introduced to me by my “ 3 Kow Mou”, the wife of my mother’s 3rd brother. That's how we call them in Cantonese.

Each year, we will be back to my maternal grandparents home for every first day of Chinese New Year and it was the day I always look forward to each year. Because on this day, I will be like a dog, free from the leash. LOL. I could just go anywhere with my cousins, my mom won’t ask, won’t nag. I could play sparklers all day long, finish my angpow money buying more sparklers and mom won’t say a word. LOL. And all the sparklers will only be played at my maternal grandparents home. Once I go home…. That will be history until next year CNY. But that was only when I was still a child.

After my dad passed away, we no longer went back for Chinese New Year. My mom doesn’t drive, and my mom is too distraught to travel, fearing questions and of her own teary response. It was until few years later that we went back again… but I was no longer the child I once was. No sparklers and no running around like a free canine. But one thing I really looked forward to was the dinner. I love to eat the things that my kow mous cook (I have 8!)

For dinner that day, my 3 Kow Mou made this dish that made me eat and eat and eat. Taking one piece after another, trying to guess what it was. I totally had no idea, but yet it was good. (My brothers were indifferent to it) It tasted crunchy, but yet a bit floury like potatoes, but tasted better than those spuds. Subtly sweet, naturally, and not sugary sweet. I had no idea what was I eating and I was actually shocked when told it was arrowheads. I only ate arrowhead chips before, but never, never in a savoury dish.

Last time when I tried to replicate this, the waxed duck was rather smelly. I bought a duck leg and didn’t know how to deal with it. So I just chopped it and topped it over the arrowheads and steamed. My ex Bf ate all the arrowheads and said it was very good, but didn’t touch the waxed duck. So didn’t I. Down the waste bin they all went. Wasted right?

This time I called my mom before I attempted this again, but with a waxed duck breast as it should be easier to handle. Mom said, rinse it with boiling water, if not it’ll smell waxy. Ah-Ha! And true enough, it didn’t smell waxy after that. My MIL was also surprised that it actually tasted good with no unpleasant smell (she dislikes the waxy smell too). My husband walloped all the waxed duck slices but barely touched the arrowheads. Saying they were bland and tasted funny. So, this dish is pretty much subjective. My MIL and I loved this, but was not well received by my hubby and BIL. Both men said the arrowheads tasted weird. Maybe they were confused with the crunchy but yet floury mouth feel.

Steamed Arrowhead with Waxed Duck
Recipe by: WendyinKK
Tasted and recreated from : My 3kowmou

400gm arrowheads
1 pc half waxed duck breast
½ tsp sugar
Dash of pepper
3 tbsp water

1. Place duck in a deep bowl/basin. Pour boiling water over waxed duck. Let it sit for 1 minute. Remove from hot water and let it cool down.
2. Peel and slice arrowheads into thick slices. Arrange on a deep steaming plate.
3. Slice waxed duck breast into thin slices. Arrange on top of sliced arrowheads
4. Sprinkle sugar and pepper over the sliced duck.
5. If steaming on a wok/steamer, put in water. (If rice cooker then no need to put water)
6. Steam on for 15 minutes on medium heat.

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover


  1. This is my favourite dish! We usually steam the arrowhead with all the other 'lap mei'; lap cheong, yun cheong, waved duck. The taste from the 'lap mei' will be absorbed by the arrowhead. Yummy!!

  2. Something new for me here. Heh..heh...I banyak suka makan arrowhead chips but never thought they can be eaten steamed. Ya lah, I always think waxed duck is smelly. Now I know it must be washed in boiling water. Saw a lot of arrowheads in the supermarket recently. Will check out the chips recipe :)

  3. Neither have I tasted savory arrowhead before...must give it a try since they are available now...looks delicious!

  4. Hi Wendy, mmm.... love this dish cos' both the ingredients are my favourite. Gonna try soon once I get the waxed duck.

  5. Hi Wendy! This is interesting. I did not know that these arrowheads can be eaten?! Only see them during CNY when they were sold as potted plants for decoration. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Hmm... easy recipe. Any substiture for wax duck?

  7. Oh...i love this dish! Both are my favourite!

  8. t3ngt3ng,
    Ya, anything waxed meat can be used. The arrowheads are very flavourful

    Phong Hong,
    hehehe, now quite cheap 2 something only :)

    I hope u like it!

    hehehe, it's season now!

    chef and Sommelier,
    Oh those are sprouted arrowheads. These are still in bulb form.

    Mai Lin,
    Lap cheong :)

    I just learn to eat wax duck only, paiseh, hahah!

  9. I have never tried arrowhead before, so am very curious to see what you do with it this week!

  10. This looks great! Never tried arrowhead before, but it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!


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