Vietnamese Duck Salad (Goi Vit) Recipe

Vietnamese Duck Salad (Goi Vit) Recipe

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 1 lb duck legs about 2 legs
  • 4 tbsp mirin or cooking wine divided
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 onion grilled
  • 4 slices ginger divided
  • ¾ tsp salt


  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fried shallots

Duck Salad Sauce

  • 1 tsp chili flakes adjust to taste
  • 3 tsp sugar adjust to taste
  • 4 Thai chili peppers chopped, adjust to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce adjust to taste
  • 2 tbsp lime juice adjust to taste


  • Start by rubbing the duck legs with 1 slice of ginger. Next, pour 2 tablespoons of mirin over the duck and rub it in. Let this stand for 15 minutes. Doing so will remove any underlying odors.
  • In the meantime, char the onion on the stovetop until most of it is blackened. You can also broil the onion.
  • To a large pot with boiling water, add the duck legs, grilled onion, ginger, 2 tablespoons of mirin, and salt.
  • Bring to a boil then skim off the scum on the top. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the legs and immediately plunge them into an ice bath. Scoop out the aromatics then add the toasted garlic rice into the broth. Reserve the broth and repurpose it however you’d like.
  • Once the duck has cooled, chop it into bite-sized chunks. Then set aside for later.
  • Using a mandolin, carefully shred the cabbage and thinly slice the onions.
  • Lay the cabbage on a plate then add the onions and cilantro on top. Pour half the sauce over the vegetables and aromatics.
  • Then arrange the sliced duck on top of the plate. Garnish with more cilantro and fried shallots.
  • Serve the remaining sauce on the side as a dipping sauce for the duck.

Duck Salad Sauce

  • For the sauce, combine chili flakes, sugar, Thai chili peppers, garlic, fish sauce, and lime juice. Mix until well combined.


Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese

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