“Buddhist duck” is not a vegetarian duck substitute. It’s not made of tofu. It’s not the Shanghainese Buddhist specialty known as mock duck (ribbony layers of tofu skin wrapped round minced mushrooms). It’s an actual duck, albeit a particularly scrawny duck. With the feet still attached.
Buddhist duck is very flavorful, says dumoyer2, although there’s not a lot of meat. “It’s similar to Buddhist-style chicken,” says Miss Needle. Buddhist-style chickens are generally scrawny—and flavorful—because they are able to roam free, she says. “The chickens most Americans tend to eat have been factory raised in coops where they are not allowed to roam, which leads to a fattier chicken.”
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