Chinese Roasted Squab Pigeon Recipe with Crispy Skin, Tender and Juicy Meat (Cantonese Style)

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Recipe Chinese Roasted Squab Pigeon with Crispy Skin, Tender and Juicy Meat

Roasted Squab Pigeon in Chinese Style with crispy and glossy skin, tender and juicy meat and amazingly fragrance is a part of celebration dish such as Chinese New Year, wedding, birthday etc.  This Cantonese-style (Hong Kong) pigeon squab is usually braised with five spice powder, soy sauce, vinegar and rice wine and  then roasted until the skin is crispy skin and meat is tender. The vivid red color skin is usually derived from food coloring or red yeast rice (angkak), while the glossy skin is derived from maltose or honey. Another secret recipe for crispy and glossy Chinese roasted pigeon squab is blanching the skin with hot oil before roasting. This technique is slighly diffrent from my previously recipe Roasted Pigeon (Squab) with Spicy Szechuan Style Honey Glaze.

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Recipe Chinese Style Roasted Squab Pigeon with Crispy Skin and Tender Meat

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Squab (Young Pigeon or Dove), Chinese-Buddist Style Saughtered

Squab is a junvenile domestic pigeon or its meat that reached the mature size but not even started to learn to fly yet. Pigeon or dove squab  commercially sold live in Chinese market  to assure freshness, but here in Indonesia, i used to spot it in pasar burung or bird market. Actually i’m not buying the pigeon squab in the market, but i got the pigeon farm contact and location from the seller and i can pick my live squab there.  i love to roast pigeon squab in Buddist-cut (retain their head and feet) instead New York style or Confucian slaughter pigeon squab  (retain their entrails, head and feet).

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Cantonese (Hongkong) Style Roasted Squab Recipe

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Recipe Crispy and Glossy Pigeon Roasted Squab Skin with Tender and Juicy Meat

Making delicious roasted squab with crispy skin and juicy meat is quite tricky, you should pick the fat ones or you’ll got a dry and tought roasted squab. If you buy the raw squab carcass, the good sign of fatty squab is a thick layer of fat covering it’s the internal organ when the bucther cut open the abdomen. Id you lucky enoughtto access the live stock, you should pick the squab which still got remaining junvenile tiny feathers and when you try to catch the bird in the cage, the squab is not even try to fly away from you. Once a squab has fledged, its weight decreases significantly. My squab is weighted about 350 grams, pretty huge for local pigeon.

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Tiny String of Squab Feather: Sign of Junvenive Pigeon/Dove

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Fat Squab: Thick Layer of Fat Covering the Internal Organs of / Dove

Roasted Squab Pigeon in Chinese (Cantonese) Style recipe and step by step instruction is similiar with making peking duck, but the skin inflate (blown) step is skipped. Right after you slaughtered the pigeon or thawed the frozen ones, pat dry it and then seasoned  the pigeon squab cavity with salt and five spice powder. After that the  squab skin is coated (i choose to blanced it) with maltose, red yeast rice and soy sauce coating. Hang or pur it in the rack to dry it overnight in the frigdge. You could basting the skin for about two or three times with smoking hot oil and then roast it until the skin is crisp up in 180°C for about 20-30 minutes. I suggest u using rotisserie oven for the best roasted pigeon squab.

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Recipe Chinese Style Roasted Squab Pigeon Step By Step

Never even think to roast the matured pigeon or dove for about because it’s meat is tougher than squab. The older pigeon  requires a long period of stewing or basting-roasting to tenderize. In Indonesian cuisine, especially Sundanese and Javanese, squab (and also the matur pigeon ) is usually spiced with garlic, shallots coriander,and  turmeric.  The following step for seasoned pigeon is ungkep or stewed covered with enought additional water to tenderize and then deep fried in smoking hot coconut oil. It is served with sambal chilli sauce, tempeh, tofu, vegetables, and steamed ricel (rice wrapped in banana leaf). The other famous preparation among Indonesian chinese descent called Burung Dara Goreng Mentega or buttered squab. The Squab is marinated with lemon lime. worchestershire sauce then deep fried, drained and tossed with sauteed garlic with butter and the rest of the marinade ingredient.

Ingredients:

Roasted Pigeon Recipe :

4 squab  pigeon, pat dry

Roasted Pigeon Marinade Recipe :

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice powder (ngohiang) seasoning

Roast Pigeon Coating Glaze Recipe :

  • 3 tbsp chinese  soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup tbsp shaoxing (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red yeast (angkak), processed into powder
  • 2 tbsp maltose (you can replace with honey)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 star anise, crushed
  • 1/2 cup water

Instruction :

How to make chinese style roasted squab glaze for:

  • Put all the ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan, bring to boil
  • Reduce the heat into simmer, let it thicken into half the original amount.

How to make Roast Pigeon Squab :

  • Apply the salt all over the pigeon, including it’s cavity
  • Apply the chinese five spice powder inthe cavity
  • Blanch or basting the glaze only to the pigeon squab skin over and over again until it well coated, repeat untill all squab is glazed
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Step By Step Roasted Squab Recipe: Dressed with Chinese Style Glaze

  • Put the glazed pigeon squab in  a metal rack, you can either refrigerate it overnight or exposed it to the chilling fan until the skin is dry
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Step By Step Roasted Squab Recipe: Dry the Skin to Make it Crispy after Roasting

  • Firstly in the morning or once the squab skin dry, preheat oven 180°C
  • Put the squab into the rottiserie oven, let it roast about 20-25 minutes (depend on your squab size)
  • Increase the heat to 220°C, roast another 5 minutes, you should watch over your squab to prevent it burned out
  • Carved your roasted pigeon squab and served immediately

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Roasted Pigeon (Squab) with Spicy Szechuan Style Honey Glaze

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Recipe Roasted Pigeon Squab with Spicy Szecuan Spice

Squab is a junvenile domestic pigeon or its meat.  Literary, the Swedish word skvabb means “loose, fat flesh” It formerly applied to all dove and pigeon species and their meat. Nowdays, squab meat derived from domesticated pigeons. The meat of dove and pigeon gamebirds hunted primarily for sport is rarely called squab

Usually considered a delicacy, squab is tender, moist and richer in taste than many commonly-consumed poultry meats, but there is relatively little meat per bird, the meat being concentrated in the breast.Squab is above the hype cycle. Squab is dark meat, and the skin is fatty, like that of duck. The meat is very lean, easily digestible, and “rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins”.It has been described as having a “silky” texture, as it is very tender and fine-grained.

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Recipe Roasted Pigeon Spicy Szechuan Spice

Commercially raised birds “take only half as long to cook” as traditionally raised birds, and are suitable for roasting, grilling, or searing, whereas the traditionally raised birds are better suited to casseroles and slow-cooked stews.The meat from older and wild pigeons is tougher than squab, and requires a long period of stewing or roasting to tenderize. The consumption of squab probably stems from the relative ease of catching birds which have not yet fledged, or that unfledged birds have more tender meat.Once a squab has fledged, its weight decreases significantly.

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Squab or Young Pigeon, Daging Burung Dara

In Chinese cuisine, squab is a part of celebratory banquets for holidays such as Chinese New Year, usually served deep-fried. Cantonese-style pigeon is typically braised in soy sauce, rice wine and star anise then roasted with crispy skin and tender meat. Squabs are sold live in Chinese marketplaces to assure freshness, but they can also be dressed in two styles. “Chinese-style” (Buddhist slaughter) birds retain their head and feet, whereas “New York-dressed” (Confucian slaughter) birds retain their entrails, head and feet.

In Indonesian cuisine, especially Sundanese and Javanese, squab is usually seasoned, spiced with coriander, turmeric, garlic and deep fried in a lot of palm oil. It is served with sambal chilli sauce, tempeh, tofu, vegetables, and nasi timbel (rice wrapped in banana leaf). The other famous preparation among Indonesian chinese descent called Burung Dara Goreng Mentega or buttered squab. The Squab is marinated with lemon lime. worchestershire sauce then deep fried, drained and tossed with sauteed garlic with butter and the rest of the marinade ingredient.

Ingredients:

Roast Pigeon Recipe :

1 squab/ junvenile pigeon, drain well

Roast Pigeon Marinade:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chinese five spice/ ngohiang seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chinese light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp shaoxing (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 2 cm knob rock sugar
  • 3 cmlarge knob ginger root, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, bruised, roughly sliced
  • 1 star anise, crushed

Szechuan Sauce Recipe:

  • 3 cm large knob ginger root, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, bruised, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp szechuan peppercorn, finely choped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • salt n pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp honey

Instruction :

How to make Spicy Szechuan Sauce:

  • Heat up oil in a wokpan, saute the gingr and garlic until slightly browned.
  • Pour the chicken stock and the rest of ingredient, bring to boil
  • Reduce the heat into simmer, let it thicken into quartered the original amount.

How to make Roast Pigeon Squab :

  • Mix the squab with the marinade, let it refrigerate overnight,
  • Preheat oven 180 degree celcius, meanwhile, drain and pat dry the squab.
  • Put the squab into the rottiserie oven, let it roast about 10 minutes until half done.
  • Smear the spicy szechuan sauce all over the pigeon , roast another 5 minutes.
  • Reply to smear the pigeon squab over and over again until done.

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Resep Tongseng Burung Dara/Merpati ala Dentist Chef

Resep Tongseng Burung Dara/Merpati

Bosan dengan sajian burung dara goreng ?
Tongseng adalah salah satu pilihan yang tepat karena sajian berkuah dengan bumbu kari yang nendang dan tambahan irisan kol dan tomat serta cabe rawit merah utuh yang siap meledak dimulut anda….

Bahan:
1 ekor burung dara/ merpati, potong 6 bagian, lumuri dengan air limau dan garam
100 gr kol merah, iris memanjang
1 buah tomat, potong 8
2 cup air

Bumbu Tongseng :
6 siung bawang merah, iris tipis
3 siung bawang putih, iris tipis
3 cm jahe, iris tipis
10 buah cabe rawit
2 buah cabe hijau, iris tipis
2 buah cabe merah, iris tipis
1 sdt bubuk kari
2 sdm kecap manis

Cara Membuat Tongseng Burung Dara:
# tiriskan burung dara, goreng dalam minyak banyak sampai mengering, tiriskan
# Panaskan 2 sdm minyak, tumis bumbu sampai harum dan layu
# masukkan burung dara goreng, tambahkan air dan didihkan
# setelah burung dara empuk( bila perlu tambahkan air lagi), masukkan kol dan irisan tomat
# matikan api dan sajikan segera dengan irisan jeruk lemon dan bawang merah goreng

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