Herbal Duck Noodle (鸭腿面线)

Herbal duck noodle is one of the delicious hawker foods from Penang. It's not as common as other famous hawker food like char kuay teow or Penang laksa, and so when I was a kid staying in Penang, this dish was usually out of my "radar" when I was dining out. I was re-introduced to this dish few years ago during one of my trips back to my hometown and at that point in time, I regretted for not having this dish more often before. To make up for the losses, it's now one of the must-haves whenever I'm there!

I tried to cook my own herbal duck noodle today by referring to a recipe from the cookbook, Malaysia Hawker Delights. I used a few types of Chinese herbs to make the soup base and it's cooked with duck pieces for 1.5 hours. The "noodle" used for this dish is actually misua, a type of long and fine vermicelli. If you are interested, click here for a more detailed explanation of misua.

I'm glad that it turned out to be very close to what I usually have in Penang, needless to say, herbal duck noodle will be a common dish on my dining table from now onwards!

Herbal Duck Noodles 鸭腿面线

1kg duck
650g noodle (mee sua) 面线
2.5 liter water
4 sections of sugar canes
8-10 red dates

Chinese Herbs
50g wolfberry 枸杞
50g fu shen 伏神
50g huai shan 淮山
50g dang shen 党参
3 pcs chuan xiong 川芎

1 tsp dark soy sauce (to rub onto duck)
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp salt

1) Immerse duck in boiling water for a while. Remove and pat dry with kitchen absorbent paper. Rub with dark soy sauce all over the duck’s skin. Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown. Remove, rinse under cool water. Drain well and cut into about 12 pieces.
2) Put the herbs, water, sugar canes, red dates and duck pieces into a pot. Bring to boil. Reduce to low heat, simmer for 1.5 - 2 hours or till the duck meat is tender. Add seasoning.
3) Blanch the noodles in boiling water. Dish up. Arrange the required amount in a bowl. Add in duck soup and duck pieces. Garnish with chopped spring onion.


Anonymous said…
Hi! I loveee this noodle also, and being overseas I don't get to eat them unless I cook it myself. I've tried it once, but it wasn't nice like what we have back home. Do you mind posting the recipe or emailing it to me please?? Thanks!!
Piggy said…
Hi Jessy,

Thanks for dropping by! :-)

I'll send the recipe to your via email. Pls give me your email address.
Anonymous said…
My email add is leigh.cl at gmail.com
Thanks very very much! :)
Anonymous said…
never had this before but i've cooked with misua before. is it really how you say it, misua? i thought only chinese indonesians call it that way.
Edith said…
aiyo, duck is a never on the table in my family as my hubby doesn't like it. So here I am deprived. Keep a bowl for me please.
Rasa Malaysia said…
I guess I am like you, I never really had this mee sua when I was in Penang...now after reading your post, I think I will have to try the next time I am home. I am not a big fan of duck, but I love the herbal soup taste. :)
Piggy said…
Hi Eliza,

Yes, we do call it misua here but it's a hokkien word. It's called mian sian in Mandarin. :-)

Hi Edith,

My hubby is not a great fan of duck too, but I still cooked the dish and made him eat it... heehee..

Hi Bee Yinn,

Yup, the herbal soup is hard to resist, isn't it? ;-)
Anonymous said…
Me and my sister LOVE this dish and we're missing the great taste of hawker food back home=(
I was wondering if you would be kind enough to send me the recipe so that i can try my hand at this yummy duck noodle!!!
Anonymous said…
Hi Hi...i've just gotten married! finally haf a kitchen i can call my own! trying to learn to cook more variety of stuff. can you share the receipe for this herbal duck noodles with me? my hubby and me loveeeee duck and herbal soup! Perfect!! thanks! Pls send to angelaleoww@yahoo.com.sg

Would the kind of herbs you use be mentioned as well? Would need that. Thanks much! Keep the recipes coming!! love your blog!!
Anonymous said…
Ooh, I love herbal duck noodles. Do you mind sharing the recipe so I can have a taste of it too? My email add is shirlchee@gmail.com. Thanks a lot! *drool*
Piggy said…
Hi Anon (dated 22 May),

Pls provide your email address and I'll send the recipe to you. :-)
Anonymous said…
Sounds so delicious, could we publish the recipe on our
Daily Recipe Blog?

We have every day a new recipe for: General recipes, Breakfast, Low Carb, Low Fat, Desert...
It would be so great to add yours!

Anonymous said…
Can you please e-mail the herbal duck noodle recipe to chocolate.zzz@hotmail.com :) Thanks a lot!!
Anonymous said…

Can you email the recipes for the mee sua herbal duck noodle to me.

My email address is katherineni@yahoo.com.sg

Thanks a lot.