“Duck” in Shitake Gravy

Difficulty: Easy

Serves 4

Don’t let the picture fool you, this dish is DELICIOUS and one of my all-time favourites for Christmas lunch. Mum says it’s so easy she couldn’t believe anybody would even want a recipe but the easiest recipes can be the best! You can get the mock duck breast from Asian groceries or your local mock meat emporium. The grocer I go to has this brownish looking one and also a reddish looking one, go the brown one for this recipe. I know I’ve been saying I’d post a guide to mock meats, and I will, it’s just taking a little longer to compile than I expected… Let’s try for 2012 ay?


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 packet of mock duck, thawed and sliced into strips
  • Enough of your favourite vegan gravy powder to make 4 cups of gravy


  1. Overnight, soak the shitake mushrooms in the water. Squeeze out all of the liquid from the mushrooms into the water. Discard the mushrooms and set the liquid aside.
  2. In a large wok, heat the oil and add the “duck”. Heat until crisp and brown before removing from the heat and keeping warm
  3. Using the same wok you used to cook the “duck”, put together your gravy using the shitake liquid.
  4. Once the gravy is ready, stir through the “duck” and serve hot with vegetables and/or salad.