Disappointing, Meat was so tough with little flavour, certainly not enough for four people, I managed to get small amount of meat off but it was so fatty and not pleasant. Wouldn’t buy this again
It would have been helpful to know that it was a frozen item on the web site. My husband put it in the fridge and so we had to guess how to cook it. The sauce left a nasty taste in the mouth and looked a strange colour. All in all a waste of money. I’m not sure how you would get enough meat for 4 portions
Tesco should discontinue this item, it's awful
I bought 2 of these Tesco half crispy duck. The first one was awful as was the second. I suppose it's possible that I happened to get both halves of the same duck but it doesn't seem likely. The bird must have been very sickly and malnourished indeed. The resulting meat (what there wa of it) is tough (very hard to claw it off the bones) and not an ounce of flavour. I won't be buying it again. Treat yourself to a Gressingham half duck instead. It's more expensive but it's delicious and the VFM is beyond compare.
Teeny only managed to get a small amount of meat off. Rest was sinew, also dry as bone, skin vile, usually best bit! Smells of grease when cooking
Tough old bird
Truly dreadful. The duck was extremely tough and actually inedible. Won’t be purchasing again.
As a family we love duck with pancakes, but this was the worst we have ever had. The meat was tough and dry and would not shred with two forks. The pancakes were disappointing, and also very dry, and there was only enough sauce for about half of them.
Even less enjoyable than my worst expectations.
After having previously, and always happily, purchased the well known non-frozen version (always good but out of stock on this occasion) this was a truly depressing eating experience. That each and every one of the three components tying this gastro-disaster together were all equally disappointing leads one to wonder who the producer might be. One company? Three companies? 1: the duck once cooked fails to offer up a decent crispy skin. The flesh is almost impossible to shred, hard to separate from the bone and while the texture of at least 25% of the meat at one end is like rubber the other, which could have yielded usable meat, is fused to the bone as a brittle cinder. 2: The pancakes had congealed patchily making it little short of a surgical operation trying to interleave them - so delicate and time-consuming a task that it was necessary to reheat what remained of the pack after every four of them. 3: The hoisin sauce was inadequate, anaemic in colour and weak in flavour. My advice; if you need an aromatic duck for the freezer, buy the fresh version (not Tesco branded!) and stick it in the freezer for a rainy day. Defrosts and eats wonderfully well!
Brilliant easy starter for 4
Used as a starter for 4. Cooked skin-side up on a trivet. Crisped up nicely after 50 mins. Shredded perfectly and made 4 generous and delicious portions with accompaniment of spring onion and cucumber
Normally love aromatic duck but this one is tasteless spend the extra and buy the gressingham duck far superior.
Disaster in a box
We opened it for New Years day only to find it would not serve 4 as idicated on the box, just 2 ar the most, the small amount od sauce provided was just enough for 2. After cooking the quality was reasonable but little meat and plenty of bones. Our guests had to be provided with chicken.