Sichuan Cuisine

Cordyceps duck
  • July 07,2023


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According to historical records, whole grass duck has long been a widespread delicacy and medicinal food. Legend has it that it originated as an imperial dish in court of Tang Dynasty.

Whole Duck Cordyceps Diet


10 grams of Chinese cordyceps, 15 grams of Shaoxing wine, 10 grams of green onions, 5 grams of monosodium glutamate, 10 grams of salt, 1 old duck, 5 grams of ginger, 5 grams of pepper, 5 grams of chicken. essences and 2500 ml of broth.


How to do it: After butchering duck, wash it, chop off claws, remove innards, rinse, put in boiling water to remove blood, remove and wash with cold water, wash with mud with Cordyceps sinensis, rinse ginger and green onions and cut them up.

Mix above foods and medicines in a saucepan, add soup and seasonings, bring to a boil over high heat and cook until duck is done.

Soak Cordyceps sinensis in wine for one day before eating, which will enhance healing effect and eliminate fishy smell.


Cordyceps sinensis: this is a subpodium and cadaver complex of larvae parasitizing plant Cordyceps sinensis from ergot family. Before and after summer solstice, head to mountains to collect before snow melts. Sweet and warm, returns kidneys, meridian of lungs. It has functions of strengthening kidneys and relieving lungs, stopping bleeding and eliminating phlegm. "Materia Medica Congxin" notes that Cordyceps sinensis has effect of "protecting lungs and kidneys, stopping bleeding and sputum production, and coughing after fatigue", anticonvulsant, cooling and other effects, as well as enhancing humoral immune function. Cordyceps are not only stewed with duck, but also stewed with chicken, pork, etc., or soaked in wine.

Duck: sweet, salty and cold, it refers to channels of spleen, stomach, lungs and kidneys. It has effects of Yin nutrition and stomach nutrition, diuresis and bloating, strengthening of spleen and nutritional deficiency. It can be used for asthenic fever, swelling, cough with copious sputum. Modern research shows that B vitamins in duck meat increase appetite and strengthen spleen and stomach, while vitamin E in duck meat has an antioxidant effect.

Ginger: pungent and warming, soothes outside, drives away cold and harmonizes stomach, warms lungs and relieves coughs. "Medical Qiyuan" "warms middle and eliminates dampness." "Medical Properties" states that "basic sputum is full of water and qi, and qi is low." Ginger peel is pungent and cool, diuretic and edematous, and does not need to be peeled when cooked.

Pepper powder: pungent and hot, returns to stomach and colon meridian. It warms middle of body and dispels cold, reduces Qi and eliminates phlegm. As a condiment, it has effect of appetizing food.