I’m not going to share the recipe for this dish today as I will share it with you on a later post. Sorry guys.

However I will show you how to make the sauce as we will need for an upcoming post.

What I really wanted to do today was share with you a story, a very true story.

So sit back and let me tell you the tale about a crying tiger who turned into a happy duck.

 Quite awhile ago I went out to dinner and got a bit drunk. Ok a lot drunk. But that’s not the point here.

Anyway during dinner I ordered a dish called Crying Tiger. I have had this dish many times before and I’m quite familiar with it. However the one at this place was totally awesome.

This version used wagyu beef and had a salsa on top of it. Not your average crying tiger that’s for sure.

Anyway the next morning when I was no longer drunk I got a thinking why the hell do they call that dish crying tiger? Yes these are the hard questions I ask my self. So for the life of me I couldn’t work it out.

Then it struck me, like a lighting bolt. That’s it!!

It’s cause the tiger had no spice in it life. So I thought Duck it!!! I’m going to make my own version and spice it up. With chilli of course and it not going to be crying anymore cause its  going to happy.

I didn’t have any wagyu lying around, who the duck does..

So I went Duck instead, and that’s how a Crying Tiger became a Happy Duck 😊😊😊


Lets gets saucy yes? LETS!!!


1 serving

This is how I made it

First off I got some palm sugar.

About 2 teaspoons.

I grated the palm sugar into a mixing bowl.

Next I added about 2 teaspoons of tamarind paste.

 Next added some fish sauce, about 2 teaspoons.

Then hot chilli powder, I used 2 teaspoons.

I grabbed myself a shallot and dice it fine

I only used half and added it to the bowl

Then I chopped up some herbs. I used 2 sprigs of coriander, 1 sprig of rice patty herb, 2 saw tooth coriander leaves and 1 sprig of spring onion. I used the stems and all.

Then added it to the bowl

Next I got myself a nice juicy lime

Grated the zest into the bowl

Then I finished off by squeezing the juice of the lime in.

I later added some fresh chilli as I just wanted a bit more heat but to tell you truth it didn’t really need it but I wanted it to be spicy!

That’s it peoples, that’s how I made my happy duck sauce.

I’ve got a interesting dish in mind coming up that I’ve never made before, and I plan to service it with this sauce so stay tuned!


How a crying tiger became a happy duck.

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  1. Helen McLaren Reply

    Sounds wonderful! I have all those ingredients except the rice patty herb…?

    • Hi Helen,

      You can add any herbs you like really it’s just what I had in the fridge that day. Thai basil goes really well in it too 😊😊😊

  2. Kevin Reply

    Congratulations Saba, you’ve got my attention with this latest recipe. I’ll be making this delicious sauce now and awaiting on your follow up with the Duck that goes with it. Keep up the great work with these awesome recipes.

    • Thanks for the feedback Kevin. I’m sure your going to love the recipe I have in mind for this sauce!