Mushroom & ginger duck
Cut the duck along the breast, open it up and cut along each side of the backbone. (Any trimmings of fat can be rendered in a frying pan, to use later in the recipe.) Cut each leg and each breast in half. Put in a bowl, rub with the sugar, then pour over the soy sauce and garlic.
Drain the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Trim and discard the stalks.
Fry the onion and ginger in the duck fat, in a heavy frying pan, until they give off a good aroma. Push to one side. Lift the duck slices out of the soy sauce, and fry them until browned. Add the mushrooms and the reserved soaking liquid.
Add 600ml/1pt water to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook over a gentle heat for about 1 hour until the duck is tender.
Add the sweetcorn and the white part of the spring onions. Cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cornflour paste. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Cook for 1 minute until glossy. Garnish with the green spring onion tops.
Serve hot with plain boiled rice.